Health threat from Beauty Parlours: Is there anybody to check?

“Though all women want to look good, they should see that the Parlours they visit are clean and having qualified beauticians. They should check whether combs, scissors, manicure sets and gowns have been properly sterilized or not. The client has the right to know the quality of the products being applied on her. Promises that dandruff, wrinkles and dark circles under the eyes will vanish overnight are all false. No beautician can turn you into a Cinderella in one sitting”.
The skin infections, facial paralysis and scalp burns are the price of dangerous and unhygienic treatments carried out by poorly trained and non professional salon beauticians. But, is there any agency, body or department in the state of Jammu and Kashmir to check the standard of material used, skills and professional know-how of Beauty Parlours staff?
If, not a scandal in Jammu and Kashmir state yet but the threat has been revealed yesterday when in a bizarre incident of its kind, beatifying her face proved a costly affair for a would-be bride.
The victim suffered severe burns due to chemical reaction at a beauty parlour in Rajouri district of Jammu on Saturday. Unfortunately the victim girl was scheduled to enter into nuptial knot.
The victim Samiya daughter of Akmat Hussein of Budwan Rajouri suffered severe chemical burn injuries after she had a facial in ‘Rosy’s Beauty Parlour’ in Budwan area. 
The chemical reactions were so adverse that entire face of the Samiya suffered burn injuries and was hospitalized.
According to doctors Beauty Parlour professionals had ignored procedures including the chemical tests about reaction on particular face. But the incident indicates that they were not professionals otherwise they would have carried the required tests before.
In the worst example in Jammu and Kashmir, badly trained staff is exposing clients to the risk of infection and reactions because waxings, anti-ageing treatments and body piercing are not carried out properly. 
The warning that came from yesterday’s incident occurred in Rajouri district which has uncovered a range of dubious practices beauty salons.
Though the number of people who complain after having a bad experience is small, but true figure may be much higher because many incidents go unreported.
As the use of poor quality material and lack of professional skills go unchecked in the Beauty Parlours, the clients are more porn to risk and side effects.
Increasingly popular waxing procedures run the risk of spreading infections such as herpes and the contagious skin complaint impetigo. Bacteria can start to live in the wax if a spatula is used to apply it to two or more clients. A spatula should be single use, but sometimes it's not. Sometimes some clients have ended up in hospital with an infection, including septicaemia, after having a tattoo or piercing. Some henna tattoos that use the wrong type of henna can burn the skin.' 
Burgeoning demand for laser treatments to remove unwanted hair and blemishes and injections of anti-wrinkle substances such as Botox is also a problem, because clients could be burnt or infected.
Hairdressing staff may also suffer from dermatitis because their hands are often wet and handling chemicals in dyes, bleaches and shampoos. May people do not know the side-effects of chemical and poor quality salon products but it could do harm to your short-term or long-term health. Clients are taking a gamble with their lives and health.
The root cause of infection is a lack of hygiene in beauty Parlours, use of substandard products and incompetent beauticians.
It has been observed that these days, girls do short-term causes and set up their own Parlours to make a quick buck. Quality is sacrificed at the altar of greed, the results of which are disastrous. On the other hand all processes in a Beauty Parlour could turn out to be hazardous wherever substandard products were used. Even waxing of arms and legs, if not done properly, can cause pustules that are not only painful but also make a person sick. Sometimes, the hairs are not pulled in the right direction, which causes infection.
The application of ‘Henna’ can also be dangerous because some beauticians use strong chemicals to give a dark shade. 
Some beautician mix Hibiscus with Henna while about 90 per cent people are allergic to Hibiscus, but beauticians don’t bother to find out if their clients are allergic to anything.
The colour carton carries an instruction that an allergy test should be done before application, but how many do it.
Hair colours are manufactured commercially and beauticians have to take a full course to learn new techniques. Colours have to be mixed in a right proportion and a substance which is good for one client may be harmful for the others. Skin type, season and age have to be kept in mind before a facial.
Many clients end up losing the hair after they have had their hair permed or straightened. Sometimes, it takes longer for the hair to grow again. Even the nose and the ear are pierced in a primitive way in some Parlours, which causes infection. In many cases, the infection trickles down to glands under the ears. I put such patients on antibiotics to save them from going deaf. The face bleach can cause skin burns and one has to monitor such delicate operations. 
Though all women want to look good, they should see that the Parlours they visit are clean and having qualified beauticians. 
They should check whether combs, scissors, manicure sets and gowns have been properly sterilized or not. The client has the right to know the quality of the products being applied on her. Promises that dandruff, wrinkles and dark circles under the eyes will vanish overnight are all false. No beautician can turn you into a Cinderella in one sitting.





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