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Spas: A Hazard to Your Health?

GS&U Spa Picture for Blog 2.jpgIt is supposed to be a day of relaxation–a trip to the spa for a facial, a manicure or pedicure, a hair cut or hair color, or a body wrap. For some, however, this day of relaxation can turn quickly turn into a nightmare. Injuries from services received at spas or salons are on the rise, as more and more people seek out these services.

Often injuries result from inadequately trained aestheticians, waxers, colorists, or stylists. Injuries may also result from chemicals and products utilized during spa and salon services. Men are not immune from such injuries, either, as more and more men are seeking out spa and salon services in recent years. If you are in need of a Miami personal injury attorney as a result of such an injury, please contact the attorneys at Greenberg, Stone & Urbano, about your case. More information about salon and spa-related injuries, and how to help prevent them, is discussed below.

Local health departments likely regulate salons and spas in your area. Additionally, cosmetologists, aestheticians, stylists, nail technicians, and similar salon service providers may be required to be licensed by federal and state agencies. You should always make sure that your stylist or other service provider is licensed, and that the license covers the services to be provided. If you live in Florida, you can verify that your cosmetologist is licensed by checking the Florida Department of Business and Professional Regulation. Cosmetology services that require a license include hair cutting, hair styling, hair coloring, hair relaxing, waxing, skin care services, and manicures and pedicures.

However, it may surprise many people to learn that neither the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), which regulates the labeling and packaging of cosmetics and similar personal products, nor the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), which enforces workplace safety regulations, regulates the products used by spas or salons. Because of this, individuals visiting salons and spas should be vigilant in inquiring about chemicals utilized by a salon or spa. Discuss with your stylist or colorist what chemicals are in the color, keratin, or other service you are receiving. Discuss with your skin care service provider what types of chemicals are utilized in the facial or wrap you will be receiving. Although your service provider may be required to discuss this information with you, often this does not occur. Having these conversations and inquiring about chemicals utilized in the products used on your hair and body is important. Many of the chemicals involved in hair coloring, other hair treatments, and nail services are extremely hazardous.

Some of these chemicals include:

• Formaldehyde (known carcinogen, as well as eye, skin, and respiratory irritant);
• Acetone (can cause headaches, dizziness, and is an eye, skin and throat irritant);
• Toluene (eye, skin and respiratory irritant that may also cause dizziness, headache, and in extreme cases liver and kidney damage;)
• Ethyl acetate (eye, skin and respiratory irritant); and • Ammonia (eye, skin, and respiratory irritant).

This list is not exhaustive, and the description of the effects of exposure is not either. For additional information, you can visit as well as

In addition to inhalation and chemical exposure injuries, burn injuries resulting from too hot of wax or similar product being applied directly to the skin, severe allergic reaction to chemicals, and infections are all injuries typically associated with salon and spa-related personal injuries. If you believe you have suffered an injury as a result of a recent trip to your salon or spa, you should contact an attorney to discuss your options. If you live in the Miami area, the personal injury attorneys at Greenberg, Stone & Urbano, can help you. Contact us at (888) 499-9700 or 305-595-2400 to discuss your case.

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