A visit to the salon is supposed to be about pampering and relaxation -- nothing feels better than getting a soft, gentle facial or sitting back in a pedicure chair to have your feet buffed up.
Less relaxing? Some of these treatments can pose serious health dangers, such as fungal infections, cellulitis, scarring and even an increased risk for cancer down the line.
Here's your panic-free guide to nine popular salon treatments, with expert-proven advice on how to stay healthy and beautiful.
That full, achy feeling from an ear wax blockage may be annoying -- and salons have a solution for it. Ear candles are 10-inch-long, hollow cones that are burned in the ear to supposedly remove wax, impurities and toxins while improving hearing.
But experts warn the procedure is dangerous -- the FDA has even issued a safety warning cautioning that the procedure can cause serious health problems, including burns, perforations in the ear drum and blockages in the ear canal.
"The ear is a sensitive organ," says Gordan Siegel, M.D., associate professor of clinical otolaryngology head and neck surgery at Northwestern University's Feinberg School of Medicine. "I don't think that I would trust any sensitive organ to a salon."
Siegel has seen patients with serious perforations from candling, which he compares to sticking a vacuum cleaner in your ear -- and while many holes will heal on their own, others can require surgery and even cause long-term hearing loss.
Instead, he recommends that patients try one of the many over-the-counter wax removal products, most of which soften the wax and then use a syringe to irrigate the ear. If you have symptoms in your ear, though, and don't have a history of wax -- or if you can't remove it on your own -- it's best to see a physician.
To prevent build-up in the first place, you can use a few drops a week of a half peroxide/half water mix in the ear, or periodically let water run in and out of your ears in the shower, Siegel says.
Cleaning the ears with a Q Tip can actually push wax further into the ear causing additional blockages -- not to mention that it could cause a serious perforation.--Courtesy of huffingtonpost