Tips to Stay Healthy As a Salon Owner
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Posted by Paige N. on February 26, 2018 in Stylist

If you’re a hair stylist, odds are that you love your job. Psychologist Barry Schwartz found that hair stylists are among the most engaged workers. Why? It’s a profession where you really connect with people and make them happy. You care about your clients.

 

Because you care, you want to bring your A-game to work every day. But standing on hard floors, repetitive motions, and eating quickly day in and day out probably doesn’t leave you feeling your best. This considered, it comes as no surprise that one in five stylists encounter a health issue related to his or her job.

 

So, what can you do it mitigate these adverse effects? Here are a few tips to help you stay healthy:

 

  1. Exercise & stretch. Make time to incorporate exercise such as weight lifting, core work, and yoga into your daily routine. Whatever activities you choose, make sure you enjoy them! The more you like the activity, the more likely you are to stick with it. Ensure that stretching is a key portion of this routine, especially focusing on the parts of the body that stylists are most prone to injuring, such as the hands, hips, and feet. Besides preventing injury, stretching also increases blood flow, which will help you feel more energized. 
  2. Focus on food. Your client is late and cuts into your lunch, so you run to the closest fast-food joint and throw it back in two minutes. You probably don’t feel your best after that! Prepare for these situations by meal prepping and keeping healthy snacks at the salon. Pack a high-fiber lunch to avoid a fast-food run, and trade in sugary and salty snacks for fruit, veggies, Greek yogurt, and hummus.
  3. Leave negativity at the door. You build strong relationships with your clients by learning about them and the things going on in their lives. Unfortunately, these conversations are not always uplifting, which can leave you feeling stressed. Don’t bring negativity home with you. Try taking a few minutes at the end of the workday to decompress and mentally relax. You could also try regular massages or seeing a therapist to take a load off.
  4. Schedule breaks & vacations. Do you regularly feel the 2 o’clock (or 3 o’clock or 4 o’clock . . . ) slump? Taking a break when you are feeling energy-deprived can help you feel more energized than pushing through. Schedule time each day to take a walk outside or fit in a workout. Try to get away from the salon for an extended period with a vacation. You will come back feeling rejuvenated!
  5. Hydrate right. Trade your soda for a water bottle! Staying hydrated leads to tons of health benefits, including improved kidney function, weight loss or maintenance, and skin hydration. Drinking enough water can also alleviate muscle fatigue and give you an energy boost.
  6. Get adequate sleep. What can lead to a higher attention span, decreased inflammation and stress levels, and weight moderation? Getting enough sleep! Reap these benefits and more by getting six to eight hours of sleep per night. 
  7. Protect your feet. Standing all day on a hard floor is a great way to get foot pain. Skipping the cute heels and opting for comfortable shoes with arch support can help keep foot pain at bay. Shoe inserts also offer extra arch support. Invest in an anti-fatigue mat for further foot comfort or purchase a cutting stool to avoid long hours on your feet altogether.

 

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Paige N.
Paige N. came to Acuity in 2015 as a commercial lines underwriter. Through her time in underwriting, she worked on a wide array of accounts, many in the service industry, including: automobile repair shops, apartments, beauty shops, and everything in between. In addition to her underwriting experience, Paige worked in advertising and is studying to obtain the Associate in General Insurance (AINS) designation. Thanks to her father, Paige drives a manual transmission and finds driving a manual much more fun than an automatic!


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