Take Care of Your Hair, Take Care of Yourself
I'm sure I'm not the only one who has been hearing a lot about self-care recently. For those of you who maybe don't know, self-care is the therapeutic practice of protecting one's own well-being and happiness. Self-care is doing what you need to to put your health (mental, physical, emotional) first. For a long time taking care of yourself was looked at at selfish, but not anymore. Audre Lorde explains "Self-care is not self-indulgence, it is self-preservation." Self-care is about fostering skills and attitudes that can give you a healthier outlook, such as self-soothing, creativity, and confidence.
On top of the good it does for you, prioritizing your wellness is an important first step to being able to a take care of others. Not only does this practice keep stress levels lower, it also helps you have a more healthy attitude towards others; when you are overwhelmed and at your limit, you are less able to show up for the people in your life.
So that's where hair care comes in! Carving out time in your day to get a hair cut sends a message to yourself that you are worth an investment. It also boosts confidence, which can be helpful when facing any of the small trials throughout the day. Scheduling a deep conditioning treatment can give a feeling of luxury while improving the overall health of your hair. A new cut or color can help you put the past behind you and move into a new chapter. And self-care isn't just for women! Men are just as in need of this practice as women, as they deal with just as much stress, insecurity, and emotional strain as anybody else does. A professional shave and warm towel treatment does wonders for the skin, and can help someone unwind after a tough day.
And beyond the treatments, there is the conversation; many people view their hair stylist as a their confidante, and I am always happy to listen to my client's as they process what's going on in their lives.
Even if we're not talking much, there is still something so healing about companionship, and connecting with my clients is one of my favorite aspects of my job.
So whatever you're into, you are worth the time and investment of hair care. I would love to be a part of your health regimen, and look forward to seeing you in the studio!
*If you want to learn more about self-care, you can read this article from Dr. Susan Biali.