My least favorite part about getting my hair done at a salon isn’t the cost, or the fear my hairdresser will cut 3
inches, when I ask for 1, it’s actually having my hair washed and rinsed in the sink. You know the one; it’s got a groove for your neck, but it’s still oh-so-uncomfortable. There’s actually something much more serious at stake than discomfort. Your hairdresser might be putting you at risk of getting a Beauty Parlor Stroke.
“A what?” It’s a stroke caused by damage to the blood vessels in your neck, as a result of the strain and jerky movements the salon’s shampoo sink creates. One woman noticed sudden weakness in her left arm and left leg about a week after a trip to her hair salon. Then, in about another week, she was rushed to the hospital with nausea, projectile vomiting, and a head that was hot to the touch. The doctors confirmed that she had suffered a stroke.
What is a stroke?
A stroke is a disease caused by restricted oxygen in the brain. When a blood vessel is blocked or damaged, it leads to abnormal blood flow or even clotting. This reduced blood flow makes its way to the brain and kills brain cells. The physical consequences depend on which region of the brain was affected. For example, damage in the left side of the brain can lead to problems with speech and language or problems in the right side of the body. Damage in the right side of the brain can lead to vision loss or problems in the left side of the body.Stroke is the #5 most common cause of death in the USA, and the #1 most common cause of disability. Stroke victims are 40% men and 60% women, and the risk of stroke increases with age. Still, 80% of strokes could have been prevented!