Every lady who has been to a salon to get their hair done know that when it comes to washing your hair, the hairdresser sits you in a chair and then puts your head in a sink in an uncomfortable position, straining your neck. In this situation, the awkwardness should actually be the least of your worries. You should be more worried about the fact that you are at the risk of getting a kind of stroke known as the Beauty Parlor Stroke.


In America, stroke is the number 1 most common reason for disability and the number 5 most prevalent cause of death. Statistics show that 40% of men and 60% of women are victims of stroke and a whopping 80% of these strokes could have been avoided.


Ideally, going to the hair salon should be a relaxing experience, but that was not the case for a woman who got a stroke after noticing that her left arm suddenly became weak after she had a hair wash at the salon. A week later, she noticed the same kind of weakness in her left leg. And at about a week after that, she was having symptoms like projectile vomiting, nausea, and her head was really hot when touched. She was eventually rushed to a hospital where doctors confirmed that she had suffered a Beauty Parlor Stroke which is mainly caused by damaged blood vessels in the neck. The blood vessels get damaged because of the jerky movements and strain from the shampoo sink in the salon.


What is a stroke?

There are times when damaged or blocked blood vessels result in a blood clot or an abnormal blood flow which gets to the brain and kills the brain cells. This leads to a restriction of oxygen in the brain and subsequently results in a Stroke. Interestingly, the physical effects of a stroke on the body depends on which part of the brain is affected. If there is damage to the right side of the brain, it results in loss of vision or issues with the left side of the body. Conversely, damage to the left side of the brain leads to problems with the body’s right side, in addition to speech and language difficulties.


Symptoms of a Stroke

  • Speech impairment (victim may sound intoxicated)
  • Double vision, loss of vision, or spinning vision
  • Weakness on one side of the body
  • Drooping face


How to Prevent a Stroke

At home

Check and manage your blood pressure regularly because it is the most prevalent cause of stroke in the home.

A healthy diet is a very important way of reducing the risk of stroke. Eat whole foods that contain healthy fats, watch your intake of sugar, and use salt alternatives. It is important to watch your intake of sugar and stay away from foods that have a high cholesterol, sodium, and Trans fat content. These foods make you more susceptible to stroke.

You also need to increase your level of physical activity. Do regular exercise daily. Living an inactive lifestyle makes you prone to stroke, diabetes, high blood pressure, heart disease, and a high level of cholesterol.


At the Hair Salon

Adjustable chairs are essential and recommended for the prevention of stroke. The sink should be comfortable for your height so there shouldn’t be any strains or jerky movements on your neck. Reduce the strain by resting the back of the neck on one or more folded towels.

If you or someone you know is in a situation where you’ve had a stroke, seek urgent medical care. You have better chances of survival and recovery if you act fast.