Did failed hair-straightening procedure lead to suicide?

Did failed hair-straightening procedure lead to suicide?

September 3, 2018

Mysuru:  Depressed over frequent hair loss after undergoing the hair-straightening procedure, a Kodagu girl, who was pursuing her studies in city, has allegedly committed suicide by jumping into Lakshmanatheertha River at Nittur near Gonikoppal in Kodagu and her body was found floating in the river by the villagers on Saturday evening.

Ponnampet Police, who rushed to the spot after being informed by the villagers about a body floating in the river, fished out the body and shifted it to Gonikoppal Community Health Centre mortuary.

The deceased girl, identified as G. Neha Gangamma, is the daughter of Prabha and Shyla couple of Nittur, who was pursuing her first year MBA course at St. Joseph’s College at Jayalakshmipuram in city and was staying at a Paying Guest (PG) accommodation on Gokulam Road here from where she had gone missing.

Neha, on Aug.29, left the PG at about 10.30 am saying that she was going to the College and had not returned.  A missing complaint was lodged by the PG owner at Jayalakshmipuram Police Station.

It is learnt that Neha had undergone hair straightening procedure at a beauty parlour in city following which her hair began to fall. Following hair loss, Neha was reluctant to go to the college and her parents are said to have consoled her besides persuading her to attend classes. But Neha, who became depressed following hair loss, jumped into the river and ended her life, it is learnt. Neha’s parents have accused the beauty parlour for their daughter’s death.

16 COMMENTS ON THIS POST To “Did failed hair-straightening procedure lead to suicide?”

  1. Agara R says:

    What a heart breaking story. I wonder why she wanted to straighten her hair. These beauty parlors use harmful chemicals to straighten hair. Most of these “Beauticians” are not qualified, certified, and licensed. In countries like USA, beauticians have to under go training at a recognized beauty school and then they have to obtain license from the state authorities to work as a beauticians. This is also true for Barbers, Pllumbers, and Electricians.

    My condolences to the parents.

  2. ankeatas says:

    Very sorry to know about the loss of Neha. These days every corner in Mysore is a beauty parlor. In India every Dick N Harry can open a beauty parlors, The owner of the shop will have a certificate or work experience, but very few Beauticians are not qulified at all. The Corparation need to check this before issuing the Licence.
    She could have taken action on this parlor instead taking her life. Let her soul rest in peace.

  3. Common Man says:

    She was a weak person. And what she did was a mental case.

  4. swamy says:

    She was afraid of society thinking she will be laughing stock of others. Youngsters should grow over these petty things, and concentrate on self esteem, and their future.. I feel sorry for the parents who have lost their daughter and girl never thought about them but only focused on how society will reacts.. Indian education system never deal with counseling, teen psychology, character and personality building, life lessons.. Just creates book worms or copy cats..

  5. Mandepanda G Bopanna says:

    This girl G. Neha Gangamma from Kodagu was a good looking girl. Even then also, I don’t know why she went to the Beauty Parlour to straighten her hair. Her natural hair was itself enough for her to look good. Now a days, most of the girls go to Beauty Parlours for make-up and other things like hair straightening etc and spoil their natural beauty. After some time, their face becomes ugly and horrible to look at. Most of the Beauty Parlours use harmful chemical based products on their clients, because they get such products at cheap rates. They don’t care about the side effects and harms done to their clients face or body. Their only intention is to make money and nothing else. It is better for girls (or even boys) Not to go to Beauty Parlours and make their face ugly. They can get natural beauty and improve their beauty from within the body, by avoiding hot and spicy food as much as possible and by eating more fruits and green leafy vegetables. Drinking plenty of water, fruit juice etc. This helps to remove the toxins in the body, where in it is good for both skin and hair rejuvenation. When this is done, it is known as Detoxification of the body. Detoxification of the body helps us in having healthy and good looking skin, healthy, good quality and good quantity hair, improves your blood circulation in the body, improves haemoglobin content in the blood and also improves the quality of the blood. Thus you get Natural Beauty from within your body.

  6. Dhamo says:

    Feeling so pity for that girl, please never ever go for hair straightening it contains very harsh chemicals.
    By the by
    Women are always beautiful

  7. Swapna says:

    This is really pathetic to read that our indian youth or future of nation had this kind of morality towards life. I think she forgot that she is a Student . How one student can do this kind of idiotic work. Just for hair loss she did so!! Hair is just a outer part of our body. That outer thing should not be taken as consideration. She could find another way to solve her problem instead of suicide. God blessed us by giving us human body so that we can implement it and be someone in life through difficulties. She avoided difficulties and chosen easiest path. She is escapist. That is shameful according to me. Really shameful.

  8. Shraddha Gurung says:

    My God…mere hairs bhi last year September me hair straightening se totally burnt ho gye the even scalp se length tak pure…mne bhot treatment krwaya kuch nhi hua finally Maine hair ko root se trim krwa liya…bhot depression me chli gai thi….but suicide…Oh God…really very sad to Neha…

  9. Sonia Chari says:

    I went to the same experience when I straightened my hair … coincidentally I was going to depression and started skipping meals which triggered my hair loss more then i went to a doctor and started eating well and hair loss stopped

  10. Mona says:

    Neha compromised in her hair straightening treatment, she wanted to get it done for 3000/- which actually would have caused her around 7000/-. Which shows quality compromise. That time there was offer on that particular salon. I mean if it is the best brand used, how can anyone get it cheap? She should be allergic and should have visited doctor. Taking life shows cowardliness.

  11. ankeatas says:

    Stop talking rubbish, you must be sick in your head, for me it seems like you are somehow related to this parlor, If Neha budget was 3000,- why the hell did you accept it to do it. Costomers always bargain and this doesnt mean that you can use the cheap quality.

  12. Agara R says:

    I am appalled by the heartless comments made by some of the people in this thread. Let us not compound the tragedy by speaking ill of a dead girl. Let it be!

  13. Venkat says:

    I am a man and I can understand her pain. During my teenage I had hairs like male shampoo models. Once I went to local hair salon who used infectious comb or scissors. I lost 50 percent of hairs within a week so much that my scalp was visible. I was depressed like hell.

  14. Ponnappa says:

    I stand to be corrected.
    I am not very sure. Permanent hair loss are very rare. Many skin allergies and diseases do cause full hair loss but mostly regrow.

  15. Ankur says:

    The hair straightening cream is meant to be applied on the hairs except the roots, the cream should not come in contact with the scalp else the hairs roots will be damaged.

    This requires skill on the part of the beautician, but Indian beauty parlour people are uneducated, he/she must have applied it throughout the scalp from the root. This lead to hair loss.

    Indian beauty parlour and saloon only cares for their money. That saloon must be sealed and the beautician must be punished.

    It’s better not to go to saloon or beauty parlours. They only want their money.

  16. Amrutha N says:

    Does anyone realize that it is important to know what other things she was going through that her hair fall just triggered all her feelings at once to do what she did to herself? I have been under depression too and I know that if I ever made a decision to take my chance everytime I had multiple reasons and not just one.. People, grow up instead of talking I’ll about the person who is gone try to resolve the problems that our teenagers and adults are facing inside and outside the school or colleges.. It is time to help one another when we still have them..


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