Are Hairdressers in Danger of Asbestos Exposure?

hair dressers in a salon

We have discussed the continuously expanding list of at-risk occupations. It seems as if a report highlights the danger of asbestos exposure in a new career on a regular basis. Unfortunately, a recent study has placed a new occupation squarely in the sights of mesothelioma awareness. Hairdressers.

A naturally occurring material, asbestos was found, centuries ago, to contain strong heat and fire-resistant properties that were valuable to private individuals and industries alike. Unfortunately, what many considered the “miracle properties” of asbestos were soon found to come at a price. As the products deteriorated, the asbestos fibers became small enough to contaminate the human body. The ingestion or inhalation of asbestos fibers could lead to devastating conditions such as mesothelioma, lung cancer, asbestosis and other deadly diseases.

Products meant to protect users from extreme heat – vehicle brake lining, roofing, insulation – relied on asbestos to provide this barrier. Unfortunately, the hazards of previously unidentified products come to light at an alarming rate.


A recent study examined the case of a New York woman who worked as a cosmetologist and makeup artist from 1976 to 1992. The report states that it was not uncommon for her to be on the job for eight- to 14-hour workdays, four or five shifts per week. During that time, she reportedly used a hairdryer as part of her job tasks, as close as two feet away from her face.

It was later discovered that the hairdryer had been manufactured utilizing asbestos fibers.

According to the article, there were 30 reported cases of current or former hairdressers developing mesothelioma between 2000 and 2009. It is crucial that you act quickly – no matter your occupation – to ensure you are safe at work and your loved ones aren’t suffering deadly exposure. Discuss your concerns with trusted medical and legal professionals.