It turns out this rare condition has name: Beauty Parlor Sroke Sndrome.

“When a patient is leaning their head back, you could possibly tear or irritate these posterior circulation or have these kind of strokes.” – Neurologist Clifford Segil of Providence St. John’s Health Center.  It’s rare but can happen when necks are hyperextended.


“Initially, I couldn’t walk at all. It hit both sides of my body but more my left. I couldn’t move my left arm at all,” Elizabeth Smith said. “It was just utter disbelief. How could that happen to me?”

Almost two weeks after visiting a salon in San Diego, doctors told her she suffered a stroke. She said doctors determined it was the position of her head in a wash basin that probably caused a blood clot, leading to stroke.