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British Hairstylist's Nose Collapses From Breathing in Hair

Yikes! Inhaling Hair Can Cause Your Nose to Collapse

If you're a hairstylist, scissors may not be the workplace hazard you should be most concerned about. Recently, a British stylist's septum actually collapsed from infection created by years of constant exposure to hair. Apparently hair fragments can lodge themselves inside your nose, causing irritation and eventual infection. And if you're a stylist, the daily irritation can prevent any wounds in your nose from healing, leading to painful long-term injuries and eventually necessitating surgery.

Stylists can avoid the problem by wearing masks, but salons often won't let them do so, fearing it'll scare customers off. Would you be OK with your stylist wearing a mask, or would it just creep you out too much?

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xJessicaMarie89x xJessicaMarie89x 7 years
I'm a hairstylist... and I would never even dream of wearing a mask. It takes away from the whole salon atmosphere. Salons are supposed to be fun and upbeat.. while relaxing at the same time. I wouldn't want my hair cut by someone wearing a mask.. so I would never wear one while cutting any of my clients' hair either.
scissorz scissorz 7 years
i really think the septum thing is really rare...my boss has been doing has for like 20-something years and her nose seems ok. she is really tall though, maybe height is a contributing factor as well
Smashboxchick Smashboxchick 7 years
Yes, I would actually prefer they wear masks now that ive read this. I don't want my hair to cause someones nose to collapse.
postmodernsleaze postmodernsleaze 7 years
Um, ew. However, I do agree with Classical that this sounds pretty rare. Maybe stylists can just flush their noses out every evening before bed, haha.
ClassicalTorture ClassicalTorture 7 years
This sounds exceedingly rare. I don't think it necessitates a mask for everyone. (And stephly, it's the formaldehyde in Brazilian Blowouts that is causing problems. I think some salons have stopped giving them because of this.)
stephley stephley 7 years
I saw the air in a small Hollywood salon fill with a cloud of something choke-inducing while a stylist gave a client a Brazilian blowout. I'd have no problem with everyone in the place wearing a mask.
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