In February 2016, Elizabeth Smith, a 48-year-old woman in San Diego, California, experienced weakness in her limbs days after a 10-minute hair wash. A week later, she barely survived a massive stroke. According to Self, "the stroke left Smith with strength, balance, and vision issues, as well as a brain clot that could kill her if it moves." This can happen to anyone, but it is usually seen in younger people with preexisting connective tissue issues that they may be unaware of. Sufferers experience regular stroke symptoms, as well as dizziness and unsteadiness in their hands, migraine-type headaches, some loss of vision or blurred vision, neck swelling, and change of taste.
So how do you avoid beauty parlor stroke syndrome when you're treating yourself to a lengthy shampoo? Clifford Segil, D.O., a neurologist at California's Providence Saint John's Health Center recommends you request a padded neck area on your wash basin. In other words, there's no need to cancel your highlight appointment—just make sure your neck feels supported, then sit back and relax! To learn more about this syndrome and strokes in general, watch the videos below.