Entries in Salons (3)


Study Exposes the Dangers of Indoor Tanning

Stockbyte/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- Doctors have long warned us how tanning beds raise the risk of skin cancer. Now, a new study suggests tanning parlors are fighting back, with dangerous misinformation. The study, published in the journal Pediatrics, found out how you can get burned by some shady claims.

For the study, researchers at Washington University surveyed 243 tanning salons in the state of Missouri.
They found that 43 percent claimed there are no risks to indoor tanning.  A whopping 65 percent said they would allow children as young as 10 or 12 to tan, in direct defiance of established medical advice.
And only 19 percent of the salons surveyed advocated the use of sunscreen.
Not one facility asked if potential customers had skin cancer or took light-sensitive medications.

And just 22 percent followed the U.S. Food and Drug Administration guideline that clients should have a skin exam before tanning.             
On the plus side, 85 percent did say customers had to wear eye protection, but when customers expressed concerns about getting "raccoon eyes," over half allowed them to tan with no eye protection at all.

While none of the misinformation and bad advice given by the tanning salons is illegal, Missouri is one of 17 states without statewide tanning regulations. Due to the known risks of UV rays and tanning -- increased skin cancer, eye damage, premature skin aging -- the authors are calling for state legislation of tanning beds as "medical devices," and enforcement of current FDA regulations.
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Brazilian Blowout Now Has Warning on Label

Medioimages/Photodisc/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- Five months ago, the federal government put out a hazard alert about the hair-smoothing treatment, Brazilian Blowout, warning that it contains liquid formaldehyde that can turn into formaldehyde gas when heated during a treatment.

But are salons up-to-date on the news that the product does, indeed, contain a form of formaldehyde?  ABC News visited 16 salons to find out.

Every salon said they had no safety concerns.  Twelve said the product contains very little formaldehyde, while four were not aware that it contained formaldehyde.  The salons all had outdated versions of Brazilian Blowout's literature and bottles, which said "formaldehyde free."

Now, the company's bottles of solution carry a warning label to alert stylists to the potential formaldehyde risk and the need to perform the treatment in a well-ventilated area.  The company says if the product is used as directed it is safe.

Brazilian Blowout isn't the only hair-smoothing treatment that contains formaldehyde.  According to the Occupational Safety and Health Administration, several other products contain the gas, or can expose you to it during use, even though they may not list formaldehyde on their labels. 

Click HERE to see a list of those products.

Copyright 2012 ABC News Radio


How Can Hairstylists Help Detect Skin Cancer?

George Doyle/Thinkstock(BOSTON) -- You could be thanking your hairstylist for a heck of a lot more than a stylish new ‘do. A new study published in the Archives of Dermatology found that hair professionals often examine their clients’ scalp, neck and face in search of hard-to-see moles and lesions that could be signs of cancer, and they may be able to play an integral part in skin cancer screenings.

“Hair professionals are currently acting as lay health advisers for skin cancer detection and prevention and are willing to become more involved in skin cancer education in the salon,” Alan Geller of the Harvard School of Public Health wrote in the report.

As reported by MedPage Today, study authors examined surveys filled out by 203 hairstylists in the Houston area. They found that about 37 percent of the stylists said they have looked at more than half their customers’ scalp for possible skin problems. Nearly 60 percent said they had recommended a client visit a skin doctor on at least one occasion.

Stylists have a unique perspective of others’ scalps and necks, Geller noted, and it is this viewpoint that could contribute to the prevention of skin cancer and melanoma, which killed more than 8,000 people in the U.S. in 2007.

While few of the hairdressers who filled out the survey had an education in skin cancer screening, more than half said they were very willing to participate in a skin cancer education program.

“This study provides evidence that hair professionals are currently acting as lay health advisors for skin cancer detection and prevention and are willing to become more involved in skin cancer education in the salon,” authors wrote. “Future research should focus on creating a program that provides hair professionals with expert training and effective health communication tools to become confident and skilled lay skin cancer educators.”

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