Top Health Tips for Hairstylists – Unlock Your Best Self

Top Health Tips for Hairstylists – Unlock Your Best Self

As a dedicated hairdresser, you pour your heart and soul into creating stunning hairstyles that leave your clients feeling confident and beautiful. Your artistic flair and commitment to your craft are truly admirable, but it’s important to remember that taking care of yourself is just as vital as perfecting your skills. In this blog post, we’re diving into practical strategies that will help you maintain your physical well-being while pursuing your passion in the dynamic world of hairdressing.

Alleviate Aches and Pains

Long hours on your feet and repetitive motions can take a toll on your body over time. Neck and back pain, strained shoulders, and sore wrists are not uncommon among hairdressers. To alleviate these aches:

Stretch Regularly: Incorporate stretching into your daily routine to keep your muscles flexible and prevent stiffness.

Invest in Ergonomics: Consider ergonomic tools and equipment that support proper posture and reduce strain. My favourite thing to do to help my back and neck pain is to sit on a cutting stool to colour, blow dry and about every opportunity I can I sit down. This has made a massive difference to my pain. 

Practice Proper Lifting: Use your legs when lifting heavy objects to avoid straining your back. If you receive stock boxes and they are heavy please be careful. 

Prioritize Self-Care

Im going to tell you a little story about spoons that a client once told me and its incredibly true… You get 3 spoons per day, they = energy and if you have a normal ok day you would normally use up your 3 spoons. If you stretch yourself and do too much you have to borrow a spoon or even two from the next days allowance. 

This means the following day you only have one spoon of energy. You can’t borrow any more thats all you have until the following days spoons have re stocked back up. GOSH how true is this? 

How many times have you worn yourself out and you need a day to recover or even longer? Next time you over stretch yourself think about your spoons it really does work psychologically. 

So just like you nurture your clients’ hair, it’s essential to nurture your own well-being. Here’s how:

Stay Hydrated: Keep a water bottle nearby to stay hydrated throughout the day. Proper hydration supports overall health and keeps your energy levels up. I have just invested in the 1.2 litre Stanley cup and it keeps my drink cold for 12 hours & I can pop it on my trolley and sip away… Purchased off their website.

Nourish Your Body: Fuel your body with nutritious meals and snacks to maintain energy and focus. Remember to book yourself a lunch break! 

Rest and Recovery: Ensure you get enough restorative sleep to allow your body to recover from the demands of the day.

Thrive in a Demanding Industry

The hairdressing industry is vibrant and fast-paced, but it’s important to find ways to thrive without sacrificing your health:

Time Management: Efficiently manage your time to reduce stress and create a better work-life balance.

Delegate Tasks: If possible, delegate tasks that can be handled by others to free up your energy for your creative work. This can mean at home and at work… If you had a cleaner at home for a few hours per week but it meant it free’d up your time and energy do you think that would be worth it and you could do one extra client to cover it? 

Mindfulness Practices: Incorporate mindfulness techniques such as deep breathing and meditation to manage stress and stay centered.

I highly recommend a company called Freedom First. You can find them on instagram @wearefreedomfirst they will help you find your freedom, remove any mind blocks, give you clarity and help with bringing balance into your life. Using these guys has been one of the best investments i’ve made over the last 12 months and has really helped me focus on financial goals for myself as this was holding me back and causing a lot of my mental health worries. 

Written by Leanne Lea

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