Going to a beauty salon to take care of the hair is part of the weekly routine for many women. This is a time of relaxation and sometimes necessary for an essential beauty and well-being of every woman. However, there is an element that should arouse concern.
After application of a hair mask or dye the next stage is of paramount importance – washing. Now the position of the head and neck on the seat is often uncomfortable, especially if the woman is quite large. In fact, the position of the head that is too tilted back for several minutes, and the pressure exerted by the edge of the sink on the neck, in addition to the movements back and forth while the hairdresser shampoos the hair can cause compression of the cervical arteries or even burst blood vessels in the neck. This hampers blood flow and causes poor irrigation of the brain, thus causing a stroke. This is what is commonly called “beauty parlor syndrome”.
Don’t panic, we have an advice for your future appointment at the beauty salon, but before we get there, here is the case of a young woman who, after one week from visiting her hairdresser, noticed a sudden weakness in the left side of her body. When another week passed, she was transported to the hospital because she was suffering from nausea, vomiting and her head was warm to the touch. Doctors confirmed that she suffered a stroke.
What is a stroke?
Stroke is caused by lack of oxygen in the brain. A clogged or damaged blood vessel leads to a disorder of blood circulation, formation of a blood clot or bleeding in the brain. This insufficient flow of blood, if it lasts long enough, leads to death of nerve cells and functioning disorders of the affected area of the brain.
According to two studies published by the UK medical journal “The Lancet”, strokes affect more and more people under the age of 65, worldwide. According to statistics made in 2010, the number of people affected by stroke is 16.9 million.
What are the symptoms of a stroke?
The symptoms of stroke depend on the affected area of the brain. If it is the left hemisphere that is affected, the operation of the right side of the body is disturbed, with the appearance of language disorders and speech. If it is the right hemisphere that is damaged, it is the left part of the body that will be impacted with the onset of disorders or loss of vision.
Other symptoms of stroke
- Facial droop
- Chronic headaches
- Shortness of breath
- Loss of balance
How to prevent a stroke?
- At the beauty salon
To avoid causing injuries to your neck and damage your blood vessels, prefer salons that have a suitable seat, where it can be adjusted to your size. It is also recommended to rest your neck on a couple thick towels, to reduce the pressure from the edge of the sink.
- At home
The most common cause of stroke is high blood pressure. Therefore it must be checked regularly and avoid anything that could increase it, such as consumption of processed foods high in trans fat, cholesterol and sodium.
Therefore prefer healthy food, rich in fiber, and reduce your daily intake of salt and sugar.
It is also recommended regular physical activity. This helps regulate your blood sugar and cholesterol levels and reduce the risk of being overweight, heart disease and hypertension.
If you (or someone you know) are starting to feel the warning signs of a stroke, immediately alert the nearest medical services, to increase the chances of survival and minimize the consequences that might ensue.