Fashion and comfort often don't go hand-in-hand (yes, celebrities lie about that), but there are certain discomforts you can bear while others are just ridiculous. Here are some trends, that are so dangerous, they have claimed lives.
1. Wearing killer heels
High heels are always in fashion and always will be, but their height is directly proportional to the pain they bring. Called 'killer heels', they can lead to serious issues like bunions (painful bumps) and metatarsalgia (pain in the ball of the foot). In many cases, surgeries have to be performed to make the foot functional again.
2. Carrying huge ass bags
Again, something that has been in vogue for many years, huge bags lead to many back problems because when you carry such heavy weight on one shoulder, the body's response is to push itself towards the other. This leads to serious muscle strain.
3. Going for bikini waxing
This might be hard to believe but in 8 years between 2002 and 2010, around 7000 women had to be sent to emergency rooms because of cuts/injuries they suffered during bikini waxing. In fact, it is also said that life-threatening bacteria can also enter a woman's body during these procedures.
4. Using age spot faders
These use hydroquinone, which is known to cancer in rats and mice. The FDA, in the US has proposed that the chemical be banned, as it also results in a change in skin colour of the person applying it.
5. Using hair straightening treatments that can potentially cause cancer
Some products used for hair straightening have formaldehyde, a chemical that can cause cancer in the worst cases. It also leads to bloody nose, eye irritation, coughing etc.
6. Getting gel manicures
These manicures require the person to expose their hands to UV light, which dries the nail-paint. That isn't necessarily good because, besides ageing, it can also lead to cancer.
7. Wearing neck rings
A traditional of piece jewellery, it is still worn by women in many cultures in order to elongate their necks. Their effectiveness has been argued for years but the dangers are evident and manifest themselves in the form of paralysis and restrained blood flow.
8. Wearing waist trainers
In a bid to achieve that 'perfect hour-glass figure', many women start wearing trainers which basically pull the entire waist together. This obviously means that the organs also get squished, leading to their damage and other problems like infections, Gastrointestinal (GI) symptoms, etc.
9. Using fashion braces
As recently as 2018, doctors were issuing warnings against fashion braces which are reported to have high amounts of lead. Two deaths were reported due to these braces in Thailand, though direct links between their demise and the device could not be found.
10. Using injectible botox
These things are available online for a far lesser price than actual treatment, and so, many women are tempted to buy and use them. What happens, though, is that you never know what exactly are the chemicals in it and how harmful they are. Sometimes, they are REALLY harmful.
11. Wearing low-rise/skinny jeans
Experts say that low-rise jeans can 'drag your pelvic backwards'. I can't picture that, but it definitely doesn't sound great. This apparently affects your sacroiliac joints, which support the spine.
12. Wearing super tight belts
Quite similar to waist trainers, wearing very tight belts might lead to physical issues like heartburn (will never look at belts the same way again).
13. Wearing heavy earrings
If the earrings are too heavy, they obviously pull down the earlobes, leading to their enlargement, or even tearing. Sometimes, surgeries have to be performed to fix the same and that can result in the formation of an itchy scar, called keloid.
14. Tying hair in a high ponytail
Sometimes, if a high ponytail is kept on for too long, it can lead to head strain and balding.
15. Taking teeth whitening sessions
Not many know but the bleaching agents used in teeth whitening can cause harmful side-effects like gum burns, stomach irritation, and throat infections.
16. Artificial tanning
In order to make their skin look naturally sun-kissed, women take a lot of risks. Some of them being: Premature ageing, skin cancer, eye damage. Most of these happen due to exposure to UV rays directly and for a prolonged period of time.
17. Applying anti-ageing creams
These products normally use a substance called hydroxy acid which allows anti-ageing substances to seep through the skin. However, it comes at a cost. It also allows UV rays to penetrate through, which can result in a type of cancer, called malignant melanoma.
18. Using old eye makeup
Often, we end up using the same makeup brush for years and that leads to the growth of bacteria in the makeup. When applied directly to the face, especially eyes, it can cause major irritation, infection, etc. Apart from that, if pieces of makeup go inside the eye, that's dangerous too.
19. Getting lip injections
In a particular dreadful incident, many women in Arizona ended up in a hospital because the lip injections they took for plumping, lead to severe infections. A lot of them even feared that they'll get permanent scars on their face and police had to be roped in, in the matter.
In another incident, a woman's intestines punctured and bowels backed up into her system because of an alleged failed liposuction surgery. These are commonly known side-effects of the procedure.