Health education and health promotion in beauty salons

Danuta Plichta, Radoslaw Spiewak

Department of Experimental Dermatology and Cosmetology, Jagiellonian University, Krakow, Poland

Source: Plichta D, Spiewak R. Edukacja zdrowotna i promocja zdrowia w gabinecie kosmetologicznym. Estetol Med Kosmetol 2012; 2 (2): 44-49. (In Polish)


A modern beauty salon is not only a place for beauty care and body treatment, but also an area of active health education and promotion of healthy behaviours. Thanks to their educational backgrounds, cosmetologists may become health promoters and carry out educational programmes in beauty salons. Aim: A review of available literature on health education programmes carried out in beauty salons. Material and methods: A literature search of original papers describing health education programmes carried out in beauty salons. The following bibliographic databases were searched: Pubmed, Embase, Scopus, Web of Science and Google Scholar. Moreover, two Polish scientific journals devoted to cosmetology - Polish Journal of Cosmetology (1998-2011) and health promotion - Zdrowie Publiczne (2001-2011) were hand-searched. Publications concerning health education in beauty salons carried out by noncosmetologists (hairdressers and stylists) were excluded from the present analyses. Results: Sixteen articles dedicated to the role of the cosmetologist as a health educator and health promoter were identified and included into this review. Results of the search were compiled in a table presenting health programmes in beauty salons, together with their results. Conclusions: The cosmetologist is fully eligible for the role of health educator. Beauty salons seem to be a perfect place for disseminating health education. Past experience confirms that implementation of health promotion programmes in beauty salons delivers the expected results.

Keywords: health education, health promotion, cosmetologist, beauty salon, beauty shop.

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