Winter Haircare: Tips To Save Yourself From Lice Or Fungal Infections
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Share your thoughts, food, drinks, rides, feelings, and good fortune...but never share your hair brush. BIG mistake.Getting a haircut regularly – essential. Getting a blow dry regularly – bliss! A party today, a work event tomorrow, and not to forget the standing weekend lunch with your girls – you can’t go to any of these without a blow dry.
What you must remember, however, is that salons are hotbeds of infections. If proper hygiene and sanitation measures are not followed, it could lead to a variety of fungal infections and also cause lice infections. While most salons are hygienic and sterilise their equipment after each use.
The only thing is, how are you sure that’s happening in your salon? Even the poshest of salons could be lax in their sterilising procedures. The disinfectant used could be of low quality, or the equipment might not be dipped in it for the required time.
When your hairstylist uses a comb or a brush on you that has been used on other people, you are at risk of fungal and lice infections. These include:
- MRSA (methicillin-resistant staphylococcus aureus), a kind of staph infection that’s resistant to antibiotics, and is difficult to treat.
- fungal infections, such as ringworm.
- impetigo (also known as school sores).
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It’s not necessary that blood or body fluids have to be visible on brushes or combs for the fungal and lice infection to be transmitted. If that’s not enough to scare you into carrying your own hairbrush to the salon, I don’t know what is! If carrying your own brush or comb is not an option:
- To prevent fungal and lice infections, make sure to ask your stylist about the sterilisation procedure followed. Heat sterilisation is best, although chemical sterilisation is also adequate.
- If chemical procedures are being used, make sure the equipment has been dipped for at least 10 minutes in the disinfectant solution. This will keep fungal and lice infections at bay.
- The sterilisation solution must be changed regularly, and shouldn’t be overcrowded with combs and brushes.
To prevent fungal infections and lice infections while using your own hair equipment, keep in mind that they should be cleaned at least every two weeks. You can do that by dipping them in a solution of shampoo and hot water, and let dip for one hour, before removing all hair and leftover product from them thoroughly.