As a hair stylist you hear it all from your customers. They tell you about the highs (engagements, wedding, vacations) and the lows (unfaithful spouses, physical abuse, problems with their children) of their lives. You are the ultimategirlfriend to your customers.
When clients leave your chair they feel lighter, happier, and beautiful. You have done your job well. But what about the toll that it takes on you? What happens to you when a client tells you that her husband is leaving her? Or cheating on her? Or that her child just got kicked out of school?
This is a hidden job hazard of hair stylists – holding the pain and heavy emotions from each of your clients and their lives. How do you deal with all of this?
First you need to acknowledge it. Ask yourself:
- Are you irritable at the end of your day?
- Do you worry about your customers and their lives when you’re not with them?
If so, it’s time to go to action to take care of yourself! Your job is harder and consists of more than your expertise in styling hair. Just like your attention to your craft of hair styling you need to pay attention to taking care of yourself so that you can continue to provide excellent care to your customers.
Care for yourself by:
- Deep breath break – Take a 5 minute breath break. Step outside or go to the break room for a few minutes and . . .
- Think about a person or place that brings you joy. This helps you step out of your customers lives and back into your own.
- Exercise is a great way to get rid of feelings that aren’t yours! In between clients take a brisk walk around the block and come back to work refreshed.
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