Every industry experiences pitfalls that are unique to that business and the beauty profession is no exception. Two of the primary pitfalls in the beauty industry is the toll it can take on your mental and physical health. If you’re experiencing a crossroads in your career primarily due to physical or mental issues it can be disheartening and even frightening. After all, you chose this profession because you have a passion for beauty and helping others look and feel their best, but now you’re feeling anything but your best.

Hairdresser styling a blonde woman’s hair into a bun.

Physical Health

As a beauty professional you’re constantly using your hands to perform delicate tasks and for many specialties, you’re on your feet all day as well. The most common injuries include knee and back strain, repetitive use injuries and allergic reactions to chemicals. According to a report produced by Cornell University, 20% of hairdressers leave the profession because of health problems. Depending on where you are in your career you may already be experiencing these types of injuries and wondering if you should leave. Or you may just be starting out but concerned that you’ll eventually be forced to leave due to these pitfalls. It’s a legitimate concern that shouldn’t be taken lightly.

You may be confused as to which direction you need to go next regarding your physical health. If you’re currently experiencing pain on the job, see your doctor about helping alleviate these problems. If you’re hoping to prevent these types of injuries, there are numerous resources with helpful advice that include special exercises, massage, and tips for using specific equipment including padded flooring and adjustable chairs.

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Mental Health

Making someone feel good about their appearance is an accomplishment that comes with many benefits. However, not everyone will be happy with what you’ve done for them – including those clients who insisted you do exactly what you did in the first place! And dealing with a variety of personalities whether it’s clients, coworkers, or supervisors can take a toll on your mental health. In addition to that, you’re often seen as your clients’ mental health counselor, whether you want to be or not, and this can be a heavy burden for you to bear.

First, one of the most important things to remember as a beauty professional is self-care because if you’re not devoted to keeping yourself mentally and physically healthy who will be? Don’t be afraid to talk to a licensed therapist if you feel the emotional burdens of your career are becoming too much to bear. Similar to physical health concerns, your mental health should be taken seriously. Don’t brush off issues with despair or depression and don’t feel that you’re alone in this because you truly aren’t.

To learn more about self-care and making decisions within in the beauty profession start here.

 

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