• Managing Stress at the Salon

    Don’t let job stress get you down! Managing the things you’re in control of will help you keep your cool.

    Stress on the job has been shown in study after study to be a major source of health problems. Salon professionals have always been fortunate that a major reason people report feeling stress on the job-a fear of being fired or laid off-is less of a problem in an industry that’s chronically short of workers. Dissatisfaction from the work itself, another complaint among employees in other industries, also tends to be a minor issue among hairdressers, who rise to the top on polls that measure career happiness.

    “Worry restricts your ability to think and act effectively.” Steve Gilliland

    Still, every job has some built-in stress. Like everyone else, hairdressers want to make as much money per hour as they can, which can lead to long hours, physical fatigue, time-management issues and other stress triggers.

    Some of the steps you can take if you notice regular stress and anxiety occurring are obvious such as cutting down on alcohol, getting more sleep, eating properly and exercising. Also, rely on your support system-family and friends-to help you through rough patches. And, if it’s possible, an annual vacation or simply time away from your daily routine can do wonders.

    Other Strategies Include:

    • Get organized in time and space. Keep your station easy to work in. Before you leave for the day, spend an extra five minutes untangling your flatiron chords or going over tomorrow’s schedule. It will help you plan for the next day and know what to expect in the morning.
    • Manage your emotions. If you find yourself angry with fellow students or team members, or so close to clients that their sadness becomes your sadness, try to do a better job of staying collected. Approach situations with humor and keep the big picture in front of you.
    • Establish good habits. Negativity, carelessness and their opposites-perfectionism or trying to control things beyond your control-are habits you can break if you try hard enough. Arrive at the salon with a positive attitude and determination to do the best job you can, and don’t let it rattle you if something goes wrong-because something always will! Try not to absorb that stress.

    Slow Down. As you’re blow-drying a client’s hair, what’s going through your mind? Good for you if the answer is you’re thinking about how to keep hair smooth and the client comfortable. But it’s easy to let our minds go into worry mode. Maybe you’re preparing yourself for the next client, who’s a chronic complainer, or you’re daydreaming about what to make for dinner that night.

    “I think we’ve all had this experience, which often has us psychically living 30 minutes into the future-no matter how great the present circumstances might be,” says author and speaker Steve Gilliland. “Are we doomed to this torrent of noise that distracts us from enjoying our life? We don’t have to be.”

    Many times, we worry for no reason. “Don’t put up your umbrella until it rains,” Gilliland says. “Worry restricts your ability to think and act effectively, and it forces you to mortgage fear and anxiety about something that may never occur.”

    Gilliland, author of Enjoy The Ride and Detour, Developing the Mindset to Navigate Life’s Turns, offers tips for staying in the moment rather than putting your head into the next task of the day.

    • Laugh More! “When you laugh, you’re living almost completely in the moment, and it’s one of the best feelings you can have,” Gilliland says.
    • Take Accountability for your Outlook. “No one can ruin your day without your permission,” Gilliland says. “Understand that life picks on everyone. When we take misfortune personally, we tend to obsess, giving a legacy to something that may make you a day ‘poorer’ in life.
    • Live for Today-Less for Tomorrow, and Never About Yesterday. “Remind yourself, yesterday is gone forever, so why not live in the now?” Gilliland says. “And what if tomorrow never occurs? There is a difference between working toward the future, which is inherently enjoyable in light of hope, and living in an unrealistic future that remains perpetually elusive. If tomorrow never comes, would you be satisfied with the way today ended?”

    It’s great to have goals, but you have to enjoy the process of pursuing them.

    “It is not how you start in life, and it is not how you finish,” Gilliland says. “The true joy of life is in the trip, so enjoy the ride!”

    Source: FirstChair By: Rosanne Ullman

  • Finding the GOLD in People that Drives you CRAZY!

    Have you ever had a client drive you so crazy that you felt like firing them? Can you? Did you ever want to say, “I’m sorry; nothing I’m doing is making you happy so I think it’s best that we part ways and you find another stylist? Should you? There is no doubt that we will be faced with many client challenges while we build our business, but when you do come across people who demand more than the average client what do you do? How do you keep your composure when all you want to do is spray them with your hairspray? One of the many things they forgot to teach us in beauty school was learning how to “FIND THE GOLD” in people, which means learning the human nature of our business and reaching out to see beyond the fault and seeing the need within that person. Just when you thought all you were going to do was some magic on their heads, you now realize that you should of taken a few notes in physiology because there are times when your ability to understand why people might act a little crazy is required.

    Look Deeper Perhaps you might have to look a little deeper at what they may be going through that day to stop yourself from reacting negatively towards them. If your thinking `hey I didn’t sign up for this, think again! People are our business and learning what makes their experience with us good or bad, or learning how to deal with challenging people is part of our daily work. It’s actually a lifetime skill. From the moment you start work you will have a full day of personalities, some good, some great, and some 6 weeks isn’t long enough.

    A Life Lesson Every stylist has that one client that drives them crazy! Mine drove me so crazy, I had to do some soul searching. She had been coming for 25 years every week with the same request. She brought me her own shampoo, her own comb, told me how and where to put the curls, and how to cut her hair. She complained throughout the entire service, and at the end every time I thought she did not like it, she said it looked great. One day, she confided in me that her husband was cheating on her for the past 5 years and she has just been miserable. She went on to share that when she comes into the salon she feels that it is her other home and feels safe to let it all go here. It was in that moment that I realized why she was being so difficult and from then on, I had a complete shift in our relationship and as I learned more about her life I found the gold that was in her heart. Just remember… they chose us for their service, and during that time spent, you never know the impact you have on their day. So as much as you might not feel like there is a golden nugget, keep digging, you just might find the gold within that person and it could be the beginning of a wonderful relationship for you and for them!

    Source: Kathy Jager: educational solutions

  • How to Care for Dry, Cracked Lips in the Winter

    Care for your dry, cracked lips in winter

    To be able to know how to care for dry, cracked lips in the winter, we must first understand why it is happening. Our lips only have thin surface layers of skin so they are typically the first thing to become dry before the rest of our face. In the winter the air is so dry that our skin loses its natural defense, our barrier function. The barrier function is essentially oil that prevents the water in our skin from evaporating or undergoing transepidermal water loss (TEWL). When this happens, our skin cracks and is dry. The lips are so fragile that they are the first to lose their barrier and start to feel very tight and eventually crack.

    Whenever our lips chap, our natural tendency is to lick them. This can actually cause them to become worse because our saliva is part of our digestive system so it contains acids that are designed to help break down food. Our saliva increases the dehydration of our lips. Another natural response is to pick or exfoliate cracked lips. Unfortunately, this habit also worsens the problem. The lips are already so thin that picking and exfoliation weakens them even more.

    We can take care of our dry cracked lips by reinforcing our skin’s lipid barrier or barrier function. A great product to use is Dermalogica’s Climate Control. It is “a therapeutic balm formulated with exclusive Anti-Ozonate Complex to help heal acutely damaged skin and provide a barrier against future climate assaults.” Skin heals more quickly when it is kept moist. The key is to seal in moisture and natural hydration. Reinforcing the barrier will also help protect those cracks from becoming infected. Key ingredients to look for are shea butter, petrolatum, castor seed oil, sunflower seed oil, or squalane. Additionally, look for an SPF in your lip balm to ensure more protection and prevention against the sun’s harmful rays. Dermalogica’s Climate Control is a product I cannot live without during the winter season. It not only heals dry, cracked lips but also helps prevent future cracking and damage.

    Source: Ogle School

  • Holiday Havoc: How to Survive the Season Beautifully!

    The holiday season is usually one that we all look forward to. However, the happiest time of year may leave you looking not so pleasant! It’s completely normal that all of Christmas’s festivities can take a toll on your beauty routine, but you can take some precautions to keep your sparkling glow all the way to New Year’s Eve and beyond. Here’s a guide to mitigate some of the holidays’ more unwelcome gifts.

    Get Your Zzzzs The most important thing you can do during the holidays is get enough sleep! Sleep is crucial for many things, including a beautiful complexion and overall health. The American Academy of Sleep Medicine recommends 7-8 hours of sleep nightly for adults. This doesn’t change during the holidays, but we often get much less sleep during this time of year due to such factors as traveling, jet lag, increased activities, and seasonal affective disorder–shorter days affect mood, which can harm sleep patterns. Believe it or not, you can make sleep a priority this season. Save the bags for shopping, not under your eyes by following a few easy tips: Reserve your bedroom for sleep, not holiday chores; try to go to bed and wake up around the same time most days, even if you’ve been out late at a party; take a walk outdoors for sunlight; and try a short nap in the afternoon.

    Weatherproof Your Body Cold winter air, as well as heated indoor air, contains less moisture, which can wreak havoc on your hair and skin. You can reduce the bad effects by following a simple routine during the chillier months. Start off by washing your hair less often: Every 2-3 days is okay. Are you an every-day-shampooer? Ease into the routine by using dry shampoo on days you feel you need a “freshening up.” While you’re in the shower, put the timer on your phone. You don’t want to go over 10 minutes, and keep the water warm instead of hot. Both actions will preserve skin oils. Switch to a heavier, creamier moisturizer—and use it twice a day, once in the morning, and then before bed. Wear socks and gloves to bed to maximize absorption.

    Watch Your Treats Holiday goodies can – obviously – pack on the pounds. Don’t worry, it’s perhaps not as much as you think, but many adults put on—and don’t take off!–at least 1-2 extra, which can add up over the years. In addition, all those rich treats can additionally play games with your complexion, causing breakouts. You can keep the damage in gear with a carefully considered plate. Don’t deprive yourself of a treat, but decide what you really love and what you can live without. Not sure where to start? Try cutting some of the extras that don’t have a huge impact on your overall meal. Don’t fill up mindlessly on empty calories. Gravy and sauces, appetizers, etc. can have a huge cumulative effect. You can also try balancing “bad” foods with “good” ones – make sure to have healthy fruits, veggies, lean meats – and eat lighter, earlier, on days you know a big feast is ahead.

    Watch Your Booze Food isn’t the only indulgence at parties, of course. Many of us use the holidays as an excuse to have a few more drinks than normal, resulting in a not-so-pretty morning after. So, before you grab the spiked eggnog, draw up your plan of counterattack ahead of time. Nobody is saying you need to abstain totally, but many holiday cocktails are packed with calories. You can stick with lower-calorie drinks and still feel the holly jolly–try vodka and club soda, or a glass of wine. Don’t forget to hydrate the morning after to avoid a dull, sallow complexion. Drink water, water, water…and more water! And finally, when you’re tipsy, you may forget to take off your makeup. Make a note to not pass out before cleaning your face. You’ll thank yourself in the morning!

    Watch Your Stress Food and drinks can take their toll, but stress is probably the biggest beauty zapper of the holidays. When a person becomes stressed, the level of the body’s stress hormone cortisol) rises. This can show up in your skin (breakouts), hair (fallout) and nails (ridges and bumps). The easiest and best way to avoid this is simple: You must slow down. If you’re wondering how it is possible to do this during the busiest time of year, there are many simple strategies to turn the volume of life down. Try pacing yourself so you don’t get too exhausted. Don’t try to do it all yourself–delegate chores to friends and family who can help. Take time to relax: Read holiday cards, watch a special on TV, or maybe just listen to some music.

    The best thing you can do is give yourself a gift: Pause for a minute, and enjoy your holiday season.

    Source: Ogle School