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It’s no lie that the “way we've done things” has been upended in ways unimaginable even four months ago. The expressions have flown around in a myriad of sayings: “the new normal,” “unprecedented times,” “try my quarantinis,” and so on...
The truth of it all is, times are weird. And this has been especially evident within the wellness industry, with salons and spas closing their doors for extended periods of time. We made due during shelter-in-place ordinances, putting the products we bought from our favorite locations to the ultimate use during expert #homebeauty tutorials. But the time has come to put our show of support for our beloved stylists and practitioners into hyper-overdrive.
60% of you told us the first beauty treatment you’re going to book when you can visit your stylists again is a hair color or cut. Can’t say we blame you (our Zoom calls are mostly hats right now). As we all begin to venture back out into the real world and visit our studios for some much-needed maintenance, you’ve no doubt heard of the regulations and guidelines salons are following to ensure your safety. But what about those on the front lines? Your stylists? The magicians turning your mane into the beautiful Bouffants and wavy wonderlands? How are they feeling about your next appointment and having you visit their chair?
We talked to a few on your behalf, and got some real-time feedback. So before you book, pay attention to these tips, and do your part to keep your stylist safe, as well as yourself.
Stylists, like their clients, want to feel safe. They are people too and are often at the whim of their salon owner. They are doing what they can to understand and follow the CDC and State board guidelines and will communicate those to clients.
If you are one of the stylists' first few customers, be patient. Some stylists are still skeptical. It may take observing others putting new protocols into action or trying them out themselves on a few clients to put the stylists at ease and can how thorough and effective they are.
While COVID-19 does add a layer of stress to everything, being on time is so important. We've talked about “the death of the walk-in,” but no-shows and late clients seriously impact the business. Some salons are working staggered shifts, so clients being on-time is very important. Since salons are practicing social distancing, the flow of traffic is extra important. And if a client shows up late, they can really throw the whole salon off schedule—AKA wreak havoc.
For the most part, stylists are no longer double booking and need to serve clients efficiently. That said, although stylists typically appreciate last-minute add-on requests, they may not be able to perform them right now. So again, you need to be patient.
Knowing time is of the essence, and a good deal of you want to get your color done, show up with clean hair. While it doesn’t sound intuitive given you’re visiting a salon, it’s a fact that color reacts better with clean hair, and some salons are not pre-shampooing or even shampooing at all. Don’t hedge your bets, and shampoo before your visit, please.
From owners following all measures to keep their staff safe to stylists doing what they can to make sure you feel comfortable, salons and spas are doing their part to keep you safe as everything starts to reopen across the country/world.
These lessons will help better prepare you for your next hair appointment. But that’s only one side of the coin. What are you doing to make sure your stylist feels safe, too?
When you think of self-love what do you think of? Bubble baths, walks on the beach, facemasks, or what? Self-love can mean so many different things but when we think about self-love, we have to acknowledge loving ourselves both on the outside and on the inside. The way that we show ourselves love is one of the most important things we will ever do.
How do we treat ourselves? How do we talk to ourselves? What foods are we putting into our bodies? How are we thinking about our overall well-being when practicing self-love?
As self-love defines and redefined itself for you over the years, here are a few foundational tips to think about when easing into your self-love journey.
Don’t we love this one? Loving ourselves has a lot to do with the boundaries that we have for ourselves, with others, and for others. Take time to think about your own emotional, mental, physical, and spiritual needs when setting boundaries that reflect your personal needs. Boundaries don’t have to be big and scary; they are here to remind us that you get to have your lived experience and still have expectations about how you’d like to be treated and what you’d like to feel.
When thinking about your boundaries, ask yourself:
In a world where perfectionism and curated existences have been rewarded, begin to cultivate compassion for yourself. You are a soul having a human experience and it’s totally okay if things are not perfect.
Mindfulness exercises such as Breathwork, self-care activities, and self-compassion, all help train the mind, emotions, and even the body’s stress chemicals to be able to deal with undesired situations. Self-compassion means, can you be nice to yourself? Can you find empathy and kindness for yourself in the middle of what feels chaotic, stressful, or unwanted? Self-compassion means that we get to make mistakes, have our plans not work out the way that we wanted, and we still get to celebrate that we are doing the best that we can and it is enough.
When thinking about self-compassion, ask yourself:
In every sense of the word “nourishment”, begin to learn what nourishes you and what depletes you. Nourishment doesn’t just mean food for yourself; it means that whatever you are consuming whether it be media, podcasts, people, energy, information, etc. all impact the way that we think, feel, and experience life.
Nourishing yourself definitely goes right along the lines of having your boundaries intact and practicing self-compassion.
When thinking about nourishment, ask yourself:
That’s it. Those are the foundational steps to cultivating a self-love practice that you can ease into your daily routine. Come back to these questions often, because like anything else, self-love is a practice and it takes effort, time, and intention to maintain.