Many stylists around the world can relate to this topic. Finding balance and setting boundaries can be extremely difficult when you’re a hairstylist. Being a hairstylist for the past 10 years, I know firsthand!
I fell in love with creating the experience for my customers. I tend to cater to my clients. I was dedicated to providing a safe space for my client to relax and try to provide the best service. I listened to tons of stories from family, relationships, business, and etc. You may not realize it, but after a 12-hour day, sometimes you carry all of that energy from work home.
Don’t get me wrong; I love being there for other women, but don’t pour until your cup is empty! I would accommodate clients by overworking myself most days. I wouldn’t eat, because I was trying to address the needs of everyone. Sis had no balance or boundaries.
Never saying ‘no’ to my clients and going above to make sure everyone is happy was my specialty. That’s great customer service, right? You’re taking care of everyone else, but who’s taking care of you? Now, 10 years later, I’m burnt out! I officially have a Love/Hate relationship with being “Behind the Chair.”
Here are a few tips for finding balance and creating those necessary boundaries:
- Make a schedule and stick to it (Use online booking to keep you on time)
- Block off an hour in between your day for lunch and a chance to reset
- Take some extra days off when needed
- Exercise (This is a great way to relieve stress and stay fit)
- Create designated hours for information on hair
- Remember: It’s OK to say, “No.”
How do you decompress and find your balance and boundaries with clients? Let us know in the comments.