Used Condom Hair Bands: China Takes Recycling Too Far
American ladies are always on the prowl for fashion deals that will amp their appearance without breaking the bank. The same goes for women living in China, though unfortunately this Asian country has recently taken budget beauty a little too far.
The newest trend for hair décor? Used condoms recycled into hair bands. Yup, you read it right, used condoms recycled into hair bands.
The operation is based in Southern China, and while it surely is a frugal road to braids and buns, the risk might be aimed at the body attached to the trendy hair.
Even though the condoms are fully recycled, it has been shown there is still a marked amount of risk for bacteria to be transmitted as girls are known for holding rubber bands in their mouth as they use both hands to gather their hair into their ponytail. Even if they set the band on a bathroom counter while putting hair into place, nail biting or any other oral contact to the skin touching the bands can cause infection ranging from genital warts to the HIV virus.
The recycled bands come cheap at 3 cents for about ten, however the economical advantage has a high risk of leading to dangerous health disadvantages. With China recently dragged into the spotlight regarding lead-tainted products imported seemingly everywhere overseas, the STD-infested hair fasteners is only the most recent of offenses. Health officials are scrambling to thwart this corner cutting beauty innovation, warning people of the risks through different means of media.
Article Source: Attuworld.net (no longer online) and Yahoo! News