The COVID-19 pandemic has not been kind to freelance hairstylists and salon professionals alike. Between the stress of ensuring you’re able to book enough clients and/or jobs to make ends meet and the fear of how the virus will impact your body, stylists have more on their plates to worry about than ever before. So the need to prioritize self-care as a hairstylist in the industry has become absolutely critical. We reached out to the Mane Addicts Artists to get their advice on how they take care of themselves in this fast-paced environment.
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Caylee Jolene on Focusing on What You Can Control
“After the pandemic, and with everything currently happening in the world, it’s easy to feel like things are completely out of our control. What we can control though, is how we respond to things, what we choose to spend our time doing when we aren’t working, who and what we surround ourselves with, and understanding that we truly can take the time we need to rest. There are a lot of things in life that are just as important as our careers such as our mental and physical health, helping others in need or volunteering, and spending time with friends and family.”
Kathleen Riley on Implementing a Self-Care Routine
“I know it is hard to take time for yourself, especially when you know your clients are relying on you to be available. Prioritize yourself and your health so that way you can sustain your career. It’s truly so difficult to grow so quickly as a stylist and to have that lifestyle be sustainable. Take time for yourself as needed, it doesn’t take away from how hard you work or have worked.”
Sienree Du on Feeling More Connected to Her Work
“I remember at the beginning of my career, I would never say no to anything, even if that meant going days without sleep or meals. Honestly, it was all worth it because my hard work got me where I am today, but it also made me struggle mentally and physically. I wasn’t taking the time to take care of my mental health, so there was a lot of stress, depression, and anxiety. I didn’t make time to take care of my body so I always felt slow, tired, and ugly. The moment that I made the switch to prioritize myself first, everything changed. I was happier, less insecure about my worth, I was more energetic, my work days didn’t seem so exhausting, and I didn’t come home feeling completely drained. This helped me enjoy my career more. I truly believe that if you aren’t taking care of yourself, it’s really hard to show up and take care of others…which is essentially what a stylist does.”
Dina DiPietro on Taking Breaks Throughout the Day
“It’s okay to sit on the couch and take a break midday. Before neglecting self-care, I wouldn’t ever think of sitting on the couch during the day. How dare I not be doing something? But I learned it’s okay.”
Shelley Gregory on Taking Care of Yourself First
“I should’ve started sooner. I wish that the person I assisted (or even beauty school or grade school, for that matter) taught me that I need to take care of myself before taking care of other people. I think we are really hard on our bodies and we give our all to our clients. So if we don’t take the time to take care of ourselves, then we can’t be at our best to show up for clients or any jobs.”
Cherilyn Farris on the Depth of Self-Care
“Taking care of yourself is being mindful of what your physical and emotional needs are, then taking the time and space to fulfill those needs. It doesn’t just look like skincare or indulgence. It is self-awareness. Self-care has so many different forms and sleep is one of the most important.”
The self-care advice doesn’t stop here! Jen Atkin shares her advice on the matter HERE.