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Beauty salon awareness prog focuses on health hazards
Staff Reporter, DIMAPUR, Nov 29:
Published on 30 Nov. 2008 1:13 AM IST
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It is said that beauty is only skin-deep which continues to be a big concern, but maintaining health and basic hygiene practices is also getting redefined. This quest for maintaining hygienic service in beauty parlour and salon was focused during an awareness programme for parlour and salon owners held at Hotel Saramati Dimapur, Saturday. 10 years ago what Nagas used was very different from what Nagas use today, there has been drastic change in the use of methods and application of beauty products like waxing, laser treatment, bleaching, dyeing, botox etc said Dr. Leishiwon, dermatologist, Christian Institute of Health Science and Research. Addressing a large turnout of beauty parlour and salon owners from Dimapur town Dr. Leishiwon said the main factor for health hazard especially relating to skin was mainly due to excessive use of chemicals; un-sterilized blade, scissor, electric razors and oil for multipurpose treatment, as a consequence, patients complaint of various skin ailment which was not known before. Dr. Leishiwon also divulged on the spread of diseases including hepatitis, ringworm, skin infections and even HIV and AIDS through un sterilized hair cutting and beauty kits. Illnesses can be transmitted when using equipment and products on different customers without being sterilised, "It is very important for beauty salon workers to be aware of such hazards and be very cautious when using equipment and products on customers" she said. She urged the parlour and salon owners to keep in mind the guidelines she presented - to make the salon no smoking zone, to maintain record of the client, to sterilize the equipments used. She also urged the owners to maintain a first aid kit for the safety of the customers and to keep the salon spacious with proper ventilation and clean surrounding. DMC chairperson Khekaho Assumi, speaking at the programme as chief guest was of the view that besides maintaining hygienic beauty services, the main factor for price variations was quality of services offered and the retention of good employees- an important factor which drives customer reliability. Assumi said haircutting profession was equally important and therefore he emphasized on the innovative way of establishing profitable business as in introducing body massage besides cutting hair and other beauty services. The locality in which the parlour was located also determined the price, he said. As a step of extending cooperation and assistance, Assumi donated Rs. 10,000 towards DBPOA besides assuring to look into the grievances when sought by the beauty parlour and salon owners. While acknowledging the parlour and salon owners for their services rendered to the people, Naga Council President, Savi Leigiese, who attend the programme as guest of honour, encouraged them to continue with their services and also to cooperate with the association. Dimapur Beauty Parlours Owners Association (DBPOA) formed in the year 2005, aimed to merge all parlours and salon in Dimapur district for sensitizing on hygienic practice and better beauty as well as health services. Currently the association has ten members with Khetoli Imsong as president and Alila Jamir as general secretary. As per the survey conducted by DBPOA last year, more than 200 salons within Dimapur town have been registered.

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