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Montevideo American-News - Montevideo, MN
  • Young women are in pursuit of a bronze glow despite risk of cancer

  • The risks of tanning are no secret these days, and though the practice hasn’t gotten any less popular over the years, those who are tanning, and salons, are becoming more aware of safety concerns.
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  • The risks of tanning are no secret these days, and though the practice hasn’t gotten any less popular over the years, those who are tanning, and salons, are becoming more aware of safety concerns.
     
    Terri Nelson, who owns Hair Connection in Montevideo, said that her business has eight beds, and they all seem to keep fairly busy. “People vacationing, or with prom coming up, seem to like to have a little color,” Nelson said.
     
    She said that most people tend to follow the practice of tanning two to three times in the first week to get color, and only once a week after that. Times in the tanning beds  tend to vary from 12 to 20 minutes, but she suggests newcomers only tan a few minutes. “We also encourage the use of lotions to protect the skin before and after,” Nelson said.
    To Nelson, if you’re going to use a tanning bed, it’s important to stay in a controlled atmosphere. “If you use them the way you’re supposed to, and don’t abuse them, they’re safer,” she said.
     
    While she hasn’t seen any change in popularity over the last few years, she has noticed that customers are trying to be smarter
     
    “You used to see a lot of people really overdoing it, coming in every day. Not anymore. People are smart, and nobody comes in every day anymore,” she said.
     
    Hair Connection also keeps a staff person on hand to monitor the beds, and their use, to make sure people are not burning themselves.
     
    See Tan page 12A

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