More than likely, you’ve heard your share of cases in which customers have filed complaints or lawsuits against hairstylists and cosmetologists for damaged hair, hair loss, infections, or a host of other issues. While you may not face a lawsuit anytime soon, it is good business to make sure you’re maintaining healthy habits for your clients as well as yourself.
Why wouldn’t you? Taking care of your clients’ health through good choices and good hygiene is good business. And, of course, it’s essential that you’re doing everything you can to protect your own health.
Here are several ways you can maintain a healthier environment as a hairstylist:
Educate yourself. Don’t assume that everything you’re using is OK. According to research conducted by Massachusetts’ Boston University School of Public Health, hairstylists are regularly exposing themselves and customers to potentially toxic chemicals because of the hair products they use. There seemed to be a correlation between using these type of products and some health conditions. Out of 56 workers at 10 salons, 15 percent reported that they were suffering from “asthma, eczema and hives.” Nearly one-third said they suffered from hay fever.
Go organic. For the past few years, some of the top hairstylists have been making the shift toward using organic hair products as part of their business model. And their clients have followed. Concerns about using chemicals in beauty and hair products have been steadily growing — and for good reason. Products like formaldehyde has been shown to be harmful to our health, yet they have been present in everyday products like shampoo. Provide healthier options and inform your client about the benefits of your choices. You could create a niche in your region, as well as protect your health and that of your clients.
Adopt normal healthy habits. Living a healthy life as a hairstylist doesn’t have to be complicated. Just start incorporating common-sense healthy habits in your life. Here are a few things you can do to maintain a healthy lifestyle: drink 8 glasses of water daily; eat plenty of vegetables and fruits; avoid processed and fried foods; and exercise at least 30 minute daily.
Guard against strain and pain. It’s part of a hairstylist’s trade: You do a lot of repetitive movements that can cause strain on your wrists, shoulders, fingers and elbows. Standing for long periods can exacerbate the problem, leading to back, leg, knee and foot pain. So, how do you deal with it? Take breaks throughout the day to stretch and relax. Also, wear the right shoes — with cushioned soles and sturdy heels — to provide solid footing.
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