5 Dangerous Salon Treatments

Popular beauty treatments may lead to serious infections, hair loss, and even cancer. Stay safe and beautiful: Check out our list of salon dangers now.

By Reader's Digest Editors


Although it can be relaxing and rejuvenating, a trip to the local nail salon may be riddled with dangers. Unclean tools can spread the potentially deadly Staph infection and improperly washed pedicure tubs can spread fungi that can lead to foot infections. To be safe, bring your own tools or purchase a brand new set directly from the salon.

And those drying stations with the UV lights? Experts link them to cancer and claim they accelerate photoaging.

Plus: 8 Surprising Household Items for Perfect Nails

Brazilian Blowout

This popular salon treatment straightens curly, thick hair into a smooth sheen; but the chemicals used for this treatment may be dangerous. The formula, which contains formaldehyde, can burn the eyes, skin, and cause breathing difficulties if used long-term. Stylists who do this procedure frequently are more at risk because of their continued exposure. If you get the treatment, find a salon that uses formaldehyde-free products.

Plus: 7 Ways to Have Gorgeous Hair Without Expensive Products

Eyelash Tinting/Dyeing

Much liking dying your hair, eyelash tinting/dyeing can permanently make your lashes darker using chemical dyes. This procedure can lead to serious eye infections or even blindness if the treatment is not administered correctly. Look for salons that specialize in eyelash tinting/dyeing and never try this procedure at home.

Plus: Get the Best Lashes Without Expensive Eyelash Growers

Botox Injections

Botox injections and other FDA approved injections have helped millions reduce the look and appearance of fine lines and wrinkles. When administered by a healthcare professional, this procedure can be relatively safe, but it still can cause adverse side effects like bruising and swelling. By getting injections administered by unlicensed salons you are putting yourself at great risk.

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Dying to get that summer glow? Think again. Tanning can be very dangerous for your skin by increasing your risk of deadly skin cancers like melanoma. Tanning can also cause premature aging, and unsightly spots on your skin. Try spray tanning at a reputable salon or apply a gentle sunless tanner at home for a safer way to sun-kissed skin.

Plus: Tanned Today, Burned Tomorrow

Sources: Woman's Day, WebMD, npr.org, stylelist.com

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