Nothing says hardworking hairstylist like an injury. A glamorous, complex, rewarding, stressful, and sometimes pain inducing career, being a hairstylist requires a certain amount of bodily strength. Here are our tips on how to stay healthy and prevent work-related injury.
As a hairstylist, having a strong core is essential. When core muscles aren't strong enough, your body may push the boundaries causing damage to ligaments, discs and joints. Additionally, a weak core can cause poor posture which in turns can cause strain in other areas of your body. A strong core can prevent:
- Lower back pain
- Poor posture
- Neck strain
A great exercise for strengthening your core is the plank. Popular in yoga, you can do this move pretty much anywhere. The plank involved holding your body rigid and parallel to the floor, while keeping everything from your shoulders to your ankles in a straight line.
Begin by lying on your stomach and pushing up into a pushup position. Hold as long as you can. This is a great workout to do during commercial breaks while catching your favorite TV show!
Strong Wrists and Elbows
Carpal tunnel syndrome isn't just for all-day computer users. Carpal tunnel is caused by making the same hand and wrist movements over and over, specifically when the wrist is bent down. Symptoms include numbness, weakness and tingling in fingers.
Along with strong wrists, you want strong elbows. Tennis elbow is an inflammation of the tendons leading from the forearm to the elbow, and is caused by overuse.
An easy exercise for preventing carpal tunnel and tennis elbow involves giving your wrists a range of motion. Flex your hand down, up, and to the side while keeping it flat. You can also form a fist with your hand and rotate it in a circle, first in one direction and then in the other direction.
Being on your feet all day is exhausting, so the last thing you want to do is be on your feet even more. However, by going for a 30 minute daily walk you'll slowly improve your stamina, resulting in a happier, healthier you. Not only will daily walks improve your energy, but it will help you clear your mind of daily stresses in your life.
Stretch It Out
And last, but not least, stretching! Stretching is essential to loosening muscles and relaxing your body after a hard day at work. Our favorite stretches for stylists include:
- Shoulder rolls
- Neck rolls
- Cross-body arm stretches
- Open chest stretch
What are some of your favorite exercises that help prevent injury?