Al Ain, UAE: An alert has sounded for women when the civic administration revealed the discovery of expired cosmetics, use of harmful chemicals, and unhygienic practices at 63 ladies beauty salons in the city.
A fine have been imposed on the salons found breaking the health and safety rules and women have been advised to be more vigilant and contact police in case of a physical harm caused by beauty treatment or makeup.
The public health department of Al Ain Municipality has also been running an intensive awareness campaign and took pledges from 335 to use quality cosmetics and adherence to health safety regulations. Salons were also asked to ensure hygienic practices and disinfect the equipment properly before use.
Fatima Al Gafli, an official from the department’s guidance unit, said salon workers must wear masks, gloves and uniforms at salons. They should not use black henna mixed with strong or harmful chemicals, creams and lotions.
Salon have been asked to refuse to offer such service to girls under the age of 12. A higher concentration of chemical used in cosmetics and hair dyes could pose liver, blood and other health problems, she said.
Fatima also urged women to ensure the beauty products being used on them are safe. The department has also been running a safety awareness campaign, called Your Safety, Your Beauty, which targets university students and women visiting shopping centres.
Ahmad Nader Al Neyadi, a senior official at the public health department, said all salons had been put under a strict monitoring regime to ensure healthy environment for clients. Regular campaigns helped the department detect some 2,650 irregularities last year, he said.
Inspection teams, including cosmetic and hygiene experts, visit salons in the city twice a month, he said. In a recent drive, the teams distributed leaflets and guides to some 380 ladies’ salons across the city. The aim of the drive, said Al Neyadi, is to raise the level of health awareness among salon owners and employees.
A series of workshops, he said, had recently been organised to raise awareness on the rights and duties of a beauty salons, urging women to be alert to any malpractices. At these workshops, experts gave detailed lectures to the participants after exchanging knowledge with Abu Dhabi, Dubai and Sharjah municipalities.
Al Neyadi said efforts are afoot to discourage women from having beauty treatments at homes. Most women’s salons are in the crowded downtown areas that forces customers to opt for their home services, he said.
“We received some 20 complaints from clients [who had home treatments], mostly related to expired products, hygiene and non-sterile instruments,” he said. He also said that his department would intensify the campaign next year.
© Gulf NewsDec 2013