You know how uncomfortable it is when you push your head and neck way back into the sink to get your hair washed? There's a theory that when the neck is stretched and twisted like that, it could loosen plaque which could potentially break off the artery and go to the brain, which could then trigger a stroke. This is not a new discovery. The first report came in the early 90's in the Journal of the American Medical Association.
"Dr. Weintraub, who described the syndrome, noticed that some people were having strokes shortly after visiting the beauty parlor," says Dr. James Mazzula.
In fact, the article and subsequent research shows this occasionally happens 24-78 hours after a visit to the salon. Symptoms include dizziness, pressure in the neck area, slurred speech, and trouble with coordination on one side of the body.
Dr. Mazzula says one way to prevent this would be to keep a person upright while their hair is washed with some sort of a barrier to keep them dry. Of course, that's not practical in most salons right now and the standard hairwashing position is considered safe for most women.
The concern, according to Dr. Mazzula, is mainly for the elderly clients who stretch their head into the sink particularly those who may already suffer from carotid and vertebral artery disease.