Sunday, March 24, 2002, Chandigarh, India


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Beastly truths of beauty parlours
Asha Ahuja

Ludhiana, March 23
In great pain, Rubina came to the doctor and was diagnosed with follicellites. A hair massage at a beauty parlour had left her with infection of follicles (tiny holes in the skin from where the hair grow out). She had a fever and the swelling of glands had increased the pain. She had to take a seven-day course of antibiotics.

Dr G.K. Nakra, a physician, says that Rubina’s case is not an isolated one. He receives many patients like her. He says, “The root cause of infection is a lack of hygiene in beauty parlours, use of substandard products and incompetent beauticians who rub the hair the wrong way and damage the follicles.”

Sue and Rippy, who own a beauty parlour, support the doctor’s opinion. They say: “These days, girls do short-term causes and set up their own parlours to make a quick buck. Quality is sacrificed at the altar of greed, the results of which are disastrous.

Even waxing of arms and legs, if not done properly, can cause pustules that are not only painful but also make a person sick. Sometimes, the hair are not pulled in the right direction, which causes infection.”

Rosy and her friend had to suffer pain because the powder puff applied on them after waxing had caused an infection. A beautician, on the condition of anonymity, said all processes in a beauty parlour could turn out to be hazardous wherever substandard products were used.

Dr Nakra says that the application of ‘henna’ can also be dangerous because some beauticians use strong chemicals to give a dark shade. Saroj’s face puffed up after she had washed ‘henna’ off her hair.

Her beautician told her that she had mixed hibiscus with henna and Saroj was allergic to hibiscus. Being a doctor, she knows that about 90 per cent people are allergic to hibiscus, but beauticians don’t bother to find out if their clients are allergic to anything.

“Even the nose and the ear are pierced in a primitive way in some parlours, which causes infection. In many cases, the infection trickles down to glands under the ears. I put such patients on antibiotics to save them from going deaf,” says Dr Nakra.

Pamela fainted after she had applied a hair colour that had caused an allergy. The colour carton carries an instruction that an allergy test should be done before application, but it was not done. Rippy Chatwal, a beautician, says: “Girls who work in my parlour have instructions to wash the hair immediately if a client complains of itching while colour is being applied. The face bleach can cause skin burns and one has to monitor such delicate operations. Hair colours are manufactured commercially and beauticians have to take a full course to learn new techniques. Colours have to be mixed in a right proportion and a substance which is good for one client may be harmful for the others.

Skin type, season and age have to be kept in mind before a facial.”

“Many clients end up losing the hair after they have had their hair permed or straightened. Sometimes, it takes two years for the hair to grow again. Even simple manicures and pedicures, if done with unclean sets, can cause infection,” says Sue.

Though all women want to look good, they should see that the parlours they visit are clean and having qualified beauticians.

They should check whether combs, scissors, manicure sets and gowns have been properly sterilised or not. The client has the right to know the quality of the products being applied on her. Promises that dandruff, wrinkles and dark circles under the eyes will vanish overnight are all false. No beautician can turn you into a Cinderella in one sitting.



1952 batch alumni of DMCH meet
Our Correspondent

Ludhiana, March 23
The air was filled with nostalgia when ex-class fellows of Dayanand Medical College and Hospital met after a long span of 52 years at the Viceroy Hall of Hotel Maharaj Regency here on Friday. They learnt the skill to serve humanity in 1950 at DMCH here in this industrial town.

At that time the DMCH was known as Arya Medical School offering only LSMF course. A large number of former students of the batch have now retired from top positions and are doing social work. These alumni have also decided to make the occasion an annual event.

The president, IMA, Dr Baldev Raj and Dr Pirthipal Singh, retired Director Health Services, Punjab organised the event. Though it was a difficult task to find the whereabouts of all ex-students, but with a some determination Dr Baldev Raj did it successfully. Dr S.C. Ahuja, Principal DMCH was the chief guest of the occasion.

The batch 1950 students also narrated how they pursued their careers after finishing medical school. It was a-heart warming experience for students to see their friends after such a long time and they recollected their college days. They expressed happiness over the glorious achievements made by DMCH in the past 52 years by becoming the best centre of medical college and health care in the region. 



Coaches meet minister
Our Correspondent

Ludhiana, March 23
Demanding the rollback of proposal of merging the sports wing of the Education Department with the Punjab Sports Department, the Punjab Government College Coaches’ Association held a meeting today with Mr Khushal Behl, Minister of Languages, Primary, Secondary and Higher Education, Punjab, at SCD Government College.

Mr Dharam Singh, president of the association, said the merger would be a big blow for the sports colleges and the decision to take back coaches from the colleges would further demoralise sportspersons in institutions. He said the previous government’s move to close the sports wings from colleges, the orders for which had already been received by the DPI, was criticised by all the government college coaches.

Mr Dharam Singh further said that as a result of college coaches’ hard work, Punjab remained front-runner state in the field of sports and colleges have produced many Arjuna awardees as well as players of national and international repute. He appealed not to go ahead with the proposed plan of the merger of sports wings of colleges with the Sports Department, Punjab.



Mini Olympics inaugurated
Our Correspondent

Sahnewal, March 23
The Mini Olympics organised by Panchayti Raj Sports Club (Regd) under the presidentship of Mr Tejinder Singh Sandhu, were inaugurated by Mr Sharanjit Singh Dhillon, President, Shiromani Akali Dal Youth Wing on Friday.

The 30th Sports Festival was started at Guru Gobind Singh Stadium and it is to continue for three days. In this show national and international level Kabbadi teams are going to participate. On the first day Bullock Cart races were organised in which the bullock cart of Gurmail Singh was declared first when it checked 34.56 second, Sukhwinder Singh Maisapur was second (34.72 second) and Baila Singh Dehlon was third (35.28 second). The badminton show was inaugurated by Mr Harpreet Singh Harry. Dr Shamsher Singh Kaile, President, Nagar Panchayat, was also present.

Wrestling matches:
The gram panchayats of Salana, Salana Jiwan Singh Wala, Salana Dara Singh Wala and Salana Dulla Singh Wala villages have formed a joint committee to conduct wrestling competition on March 25.

Mr Surinder Singh Thekedar, sarpanch; Salana Dulla Singh Wala, said in a press note here today, that the winner of the main bout (‘Jhandi-di-kusti’) will be awarded with a cash prize of Rs 15,500. About 100 wrestlers from all over the country are expected to participate in this meet.

Baba Marru Dass Memorial Wrestling Competition has been organised at Salana village since 1941. 


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