Styling hair all day but finding yourself with a messy bun…again?
Grabbing an energy drink because you’ve yawned 4 times since you started washing your client’s hair?
Girl, somethings gotta give!
As stylists, we spend most of our days taking care of someone else’s appearance. As salon owners, we spend even more time planning and taking care of the business side of things. That’s not even including the stressful responsibilities that come with being an adult, parent, etc. With seemingly not enough hours in the day, what’s a business woman to do?
Realistically, you’ll never just have time. You have to make time! I know it may sound impossible but your mind, body & business will thank you sooner than later. The same way you’d recommend a protective style to your client to give their natural hair time to ‘breathe’, you need a self care plan to give yourself room to do the same.
Your self care plan could be anything from an all-day routine to a small ritual before each client. Maybe your self care plan includes both! A major reason so many stylists are struggling to reach a healthy business-lifestyle balance is due to their lack of boundaries. Your business should be a huge priority but your wellness has to come first.
How do I do that?
You can start by listening to what your body is telling you. Maybe your body needs sleep or your favorite meal that you’ve been just too exhausted to cook. Don’t neglect tuning into what you want as well; anything from a glass of wine to a new blouse. Your self care plan should include any number of things that make you feel as good as that fresh silk press makes your clients feel.
Why is this so important?
You cannot take care of anything until you take care of yourself. Never giving your mind and body time to rest will only make it harder for you to maintain your business. Taking time for self care allows you to clear your mind, making room for new ideas. It may also relieve some of the physical burden you feel behind the chair. The better you feel, the more you can focus on how much better your client feels!
- Some self care activities include:
- Stretching between clients
- Booking a hair/nail appointment for yourself
- Logging out of your business page for the day
- Setting a sleep schedule you stick to
- A bubble bath at the end of the day
For those who feel like they can’t take a self care day, you’re still in the right place! Hair Theory is here to help you build and polish an efficient salon to support your leading the lifestyle you want! There’s always time for you, and now is the time to take advantage of this opportunity.