We’ve noticed lately that many hair and nail salons along with other beauty boutiques are offering a “one-stop” shopping approach to beauty products and services. They offer packaged prices or other membership type discounts, and they attract many clients looking for convenience and discounts. Hey, why not? Everyone is strapped for time, and one-stop shopping can definitely help save on time, not to mention the convenience.
While there is nothing wrong with convenience and saving time, there are a few things to consider before jumping in on the convenience band wagon. Just as you should think twice about buying that sushi from the convenience store on the corner, you should carefully evaluate the quality of services your salon or other retail providers might be offering. Prices may be inexpensive but beauty and health are not like a pair of jeans you can return if you’re not satisfied. Poor quality and technique in cosmetic procedures can produce catastrophic results. Many have been left with lifetime disfigurement, health problems or even death because they let unqualified technicians or even “doctors” perform procedures on them.
I’m not making it up when I say that substances like automotive grade silicone, mineral oil, super glue, concrete and Fix-a-Flat type products have been used as substitutes for safe, quality products, typically used for certain cosmetic procedures. It almost sounds like someone went to their mechanic for a butt-lift procedure! Recently in Tyler, Texas a salon owner was arrested for injecting clients in the breast and buttocks with an unknown substance (suspected automotive grade silicone) and closing the incision sites with a super-glue type sealant. No surprise, complications arose and charges were filed, but sometimes these providers stay under the radar and victims fall into their money making traps daily.
So what can you do to avoid becoming another victim of these questionable practices? Here are the 3 questions to ask yourself: