History amid natural beauty: Tawang in Arunachal Pradesh has a culture of its own

Tawang in Arunachal Pradesh is one of those fabulous destinations, which is fascinating for any tourist but rarely finds its way to their checklist. This hilly destination is surrounded by beautiful glacial lakes in and around the valley with crystal clear blue waters. Encircled by lofty and magnificent mountains, Tawang is a feast for the eyes.

Situated at 10,000 feet above sea level, Tawang has Tibet to its northern side, SeLa Pass to its east and the happiest country in the world, Bhutan, to its southwest. The inhabitants of Tawang, called Monpas, are found at lower altitude, where they enjoy cool temperate climate.

The name ‘Tawang’ derives from two words from the local Monpa dialect ‘Ta’ and ‘Wang’. ‘Ta’ means horse and ‘Wang’ means green pastures. The local interpretation is that in the 17th century, a Tibetan monk called Mera Lama found a strong and beautiful horse wandering in the valley. Attracted to this elegant animal, the Lama tried to capture it.

But the horse disappeared and while searching for it, Mera Lama found a place, which was very serene and soothing. He built a magnificent Buddhist Monastery at the location. The town that developed around this Monastery was later called Tawang.

How to go there

The nearest domestic airport is Salonibari Airport, Tezpur, Assam. It is well connected to state capitals Kolkata and Guwahati both by road and by air. The nearest international airport is the Lokpriya Gopinath Bordoloi International Airport in Guwahati, which is around 480 km from Tawang.

Sheena Bora murder: CBI attaches statement of beauty parlour owner in chargesheet

IN ORDER to prove that the murder of Sheena Bora was a ‘cold blooded one’, the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI), in its chargesheet, has attached the statement of a beauty parlour owner that corroborates the fact that Indrani Mukerjea had taken a “beauty break” a few hours before she allegedly murdered her daughter.

The parlour owner, who has been named as a witness in the chargesheet, says that she had received a call from Indrani around 9am on April 24, 2012 — the day Sheena Bora had been murdered. In her statement, she says that she knew Indrani for nearly 13 to 15 years as the latter was a regular at her parlour. The woman added that Indrani would normally call the landline and take an appointment before coming to the parlour.

Woman Says Getting Shampoo at Stylist Led to ‘Beauty Parlor Stroke’

A California woman is suing a hair salon, alleging that getting a shampoo led to her stroke two weeks later.

Elizabeth Smith filed a lawsuit, saying that she was getting her hair shampooed at the Blowbunny: Blow Dry & Hair Extension Bar in December 2013, when her neck was “hyper-extended” and lead to a stroke that has had lasting consequences.

Smith alleged that the hyper-extension lead to her vertebrate to “cut her vertebral artery,” according to court papers filed by Smith’s attorneys in December.

Through her lawyers, Smith alleged the chair and shampoo bowl were “defective” and lead to the hyper-extension.

Smith,48, told ABC News affiliate KGTV she wanted to raise awareness, especially since she still has a clot in her brain that could cause more damage.

“So I do live with that every night. I go to sleep wondering, will I wake up tomorrow?” said Smith.

Now, Kannur central prison inmates to open a beauty salon

After writing the entrepreneurial success story by making its own brand of chappathi, laddu and other food articles under the banner of Taste Factory that generate huge revenue for the government, the Kannur Central Prison is embarking on an ambitious mission by opening a gents’ beauty salon for public on the jail premises, which would be managed by the prisoners.



The project was formally announced on Friday by Jail DGP Rishi Raj Singh and it would be launched in the next couple of weeks.



“This is probably for the first time in India that a jail is embarking on such a project and our aim is not just to generate revenue but also provide the prisoners with hands-on experience in some occupation that helps them get a job once released from prison,” said jail superintendent Ashokan Arippa.



In the past also the jail has provided training to the prisoners in many occupations including coconut tree climbing and plumbing and many prisoners who were released are now happily engaged in their profession in a free world, he said. Also this gives them a relaxed mind set while serving the jail term.



Moreover, the trained people get the certificate issued by the Rural Development and Self-Employment Training Institute (RUDSETI) at Kanhirangad near Thaliparamba in the district, which has provided training to the prisoners in various courses. For the beautician course, 30 prisoners have been provided training now and they would be handling the beauty parlour for gents, which would be open to public.



“This would be a state-of-the-art beauty parlour for men and we are confident that it would write a new chapter in the successful initiatives launched by the jail for the prisoners,” said the jail superintendent.

California woman suffered a stroke after a beauty salon visit, sparking fears over a rare but documented condition called “Beauty Parlor Stroke Syndrome.”

We are seeing this all over our professional forums and its got some people pretty freaked out. I have been in the hair business for 27 years and I have never heard of a “beauty parlor stroke”… could you guys check this out and give us some real info?

ORIGIN:In January 2014, a woman in San Diego, California, went to a local salon to get her hair done. What happened next sounds like the most nightmarish of urban legends: the angle and degree she was tilted in the chair and the way her head tipped back over the sink while the stylist was washing her hair caused Elizabeth Smith to have a stroke two weeks later:

“I vomited, my head became hot and I couldn’t stand. I had weakness in my arms and legs. They didn’t think I was going to live,” said Smith, choking back tears.

Smith says she could hardly believe what nearly killed her.

Her doctors pointed to her time in the shampoo chair. Beauty Parlor Stroke Syndrome is what they called it. It’s a rare but documented condition.

Multiple doctors who saw Smith say when her neck was bent backwards, it hyperextended, her vertebrae slicing an artery. A clot began forming, later causing a stroke.

“Several of Ms. Smith’s neurologists confirmed with her that the stroke was caused by the vertebra dissecting her artery during her hair wash,” said Smith’s attorney Carree Nahama.

The danger is real, although the probability of it happening is low. A study that came out in 1993, subsequently covered by the New York Times, found that older people have a higher risk of a stroke during or after a visit to the beauty salon (Smith was in her late 40s at the time):

The patients suffered from a variety of complaints attributable to poor blood flow in arteries leading through the neck to the back of the brain, including severe dizziness, imbalance and facial numbness. Four out of five suffered strokes leading to permanent neurologic damage.

“In older people, neck motion beyond a certain degree can be extremely dangerous, particularly hyperextension and rotation,” said Dr. Weintraub, chief of neurology at Phelps Memorial Hospital in North Tarrytown, N.Y., referring to backward arching and twisting.

He and others have suggested that patients receiving anesthesia or undergoing prolonged dental work may also be vulnerable, since they too have their necks arched back abnormally for prolonged periods.

A 2006 study also looked into the issue, saying while it probably occurred more than previously thought, the risk of stroke in these cases was easily alleviated:

Taken together, hyperextension combined with hanging the head backwards in a hair washbasin can be seen as a risk factor for posterior circulation ischemia. It probably occurs more often than assumed and a number of patients may report about previous dizziness episodes under the same conditions when asked specifically. It can be prevented by changing the shampoo routine from the hanging head position to a flexed or neutral position.

Elizabeth Smith says she racked up $250,000 in medical bills, and is now suing the salon for damages.

Woman Says Getting Shampoo at Stylist Led to ‘Beauty Parlor Stroke’

A California woman is suing a hair salon, alleging that getting a shampoo led to  two weeks later.

Elizabeth Smith filed a lawsuit, saying that she was getting her hair shampooed at the Blowbunny: Blow Dry & Hair Extension Bar in December 2013, when her neck was “hyper-extended” and lead to a stroke that has had lasting consequences.

Smith alleged that the hyper-extension lead to her vertebrate to “cut her vertebral artery,” according to court papers filed by Smith’s attorneys in December.

Through her lawyers, Smith alleged the chair and shampoo bowl were “defective” and lead to the hyper-extension.

Smith,48, told ABC News affiliate KGTV she wanted to raise awareness, especially since she still has a clot in her brain that could cause more damage.

“So I do live with that every night. I go to sleep wondering, will I wake up tomorrow?” said Smith.

 

Mother-of-two, 48, sues hair salon after she suffered a debilitating near-fatal stroke caused while getting her hair washed

A California mother-of-two is suing a hair salon after she suffered a debilitating stroke caused by getting her hair washed.

Elizabeth Smith, 48, from San Diego, has filed a lawsuit against Blowbunny Salon in 4S Ranch after suffering from ‘beauty parlor stroke syndrome’.

The rare condition occurs when the neck is overextended while hair is being washed, causing a vertebrae to damage an artery in the spine, leading to a blood clot which in turn causes a stroke.
Elizabeth Smith, 48, a mother-of-two (pictured with her children) and nurse from San Diego is suing a hair salon after she suffered a massive stroke caused by having her hair washed

Elizabeth Smith, 48, a mother-of-two (pictured with her children) and nurse from San Diego is suing a hair salon after she suffered a massive stroke caused by having her hair washed
Smith suffered from ‘beauty salon stroke syndrome’, a rare condition where the neck becomes over-extended while propped between the stylist’s chair and wash basin, pinching the vertebral artery and causing a clot

Smith suffered from ‘beauty salon stroke syndrome’, a rare condition where the neck becomes over-extended while propped between the stylist’s chair and wash basin, pinching the vertebral artery and causing a clot

According to a lawsuit filed by personal injury attorney Spencer Busby, who is representing Smith, her ordeal began back on December 23, 2013 when she went to the salon to get a blowout.

While there she says she spent around ten minutes getting her hair washed, during which time her head was lowered back into a salon-style wash basin.

The lawsuit states that neither the bowl nor the chair were adjusted for Smith’s small frame, causing her neck to become overextended.

People Are Having Strokes At Hair Salons And This Is Why

In January 2014, Elizabeth Smith, a mother of two, had a stroke caused by a visit to the hair salon.

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A CT scan revealed that an artery in her neck had been damaged by this shampoo chair and sink at Blowbunny: Blow Dry & Hair Extension Bar in San Diego, according to court documents.

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She filed suit against the salon in December 2015.

In the medical world, they actually have a term for this: beauty parlor stroke.

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While someone’s hair is getting shampooed, the arteries in their neck can get cut or torn due to hyperextension or any whiplash-type motions that happen during a salon visit.

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“When one of those cervical arteries is damaged in some sort of way, you can get what’s called a dissection, which is damage of the inside of the blood vessel, leading to abnormal flow and clotting, and then those clots can shoot north into the brain and cause a stroke,” said Steven R. Zeiler, M.D., Ph.D., head of stroke research at Johns Hopkins.

Smith’s first symptoms appeared eight days after a visit to the salon. “I had weakness in my left arm and leg,” Smith told BuzzFeed. “I just didn’t feel right. I was standing up to point, and I couldn’t stand.”

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“But by the time the paramedics had arrived, my symptoms had resolved.”

Six days later, Smith got very nauseous and was projectile vomiting.

“I went downstairs to unlock the door, and I was able to get a cold pack out of the freezer because my head was hot,” she said. “They took me by ambulance to the emergency room.”

After months of rehabilitation, Smith is suing the salon and is trying to spread the word about this relatively unknown phenomenon.

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“I was a bit skeptical when she first came in and said she had a stroke two weeks after she had gone in there, and there was no ostensible traumatic event there that seemed like it could be medical causation,” said personal injury attorney Spencer Busby. “When we got into it and saw what the doctors wrote, it was independent, reputable doctors who tied it into this event.”

“I asked every friend I had to check with their stylist, and it came back about 80% [of stylists] knew — not about the mechanism, but knew you could have a stroke getting your hair washed. So I thought, If they all know, this isn’t right,” said Smith.

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“Also, the effects were so devastating. Even though I’ve recovered physically, there’s a huge emotional component.”

The exact cause of beauty parlor strokes is still not entirely known because it is so rare.

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“In a beauty parlor stroke, it’s unclear if it’s because the neck is kinked or if it’s that the beautician kind of jerked the head around. We may never know, because these are relatively rare events,” said Zeiler. “To put it into perspective, driving your car is probably more dangerous than going to a beauty salon. It’s a very rare thing.”

This injury has caused Smith to spread the word about beauty parlor strokes in hopes they can be avoided in the future.

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“They’re teaching techniques so that some people have their hair washed in a different way as opposed to having the neck lay back,” said Busby. “That makes Elizabeth very happy. One of the things she’s focusing on here is that they’re aware of this danger and take some precautions in the future of it not happening again.”

To prevent future beauty parlor strokes, look for a chair where the neck is adjustable and there’s adequate neck support.

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“Just really pad it up with towels so you’re not hyperextending. So what if you get a little wet when you wash your hair?” said Smith. “It’s a simple fix. Even if it doesn’t happen every day to every person. I’ve been getting my hair cut for years, but it only takes one time.”

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