Recently, Booksy, an app that connects consumers with beauty professionals, released a survey that reveals 43% of haircare professionals believe they support the well-being of their clients by acting as a sort of counselor. I’m actually surprised that number isn’t higher. It’s no doubt that visiting the hair salon helps your mental health. Since the inception of hair salons and barber shops, it seems as though that’s where people have always gone to vent about their problems and seek some advice.
My hair stylist has become one of my dearest friends. She and I connect and hang out together even when she’s not touching up my roots or trimming my bob. We’re both single, and we really connect on that level. Hopefully, I’ve offered her as much valuable advice over the years as she has provided me. It’s definitely been true for me. Visiting my hair salon helps my mental well-being.
Have you ever thought about how visiting the hair salon helps your mental health? In fact, have you ever even accepted that you rely on on your hair stylist as a sort of counselor? Think about it. When you’re sitting in the beauty chair, do you:
- Talk about your current relationship?
- Complain about your job or coworkers?
- Gossip about your neighbors?
- Share stories of the mischief you got into over the weekend?
You probably never thought about it before, but you are in fact using your visit to the hair salon to help your mental health. Between the pampering, grooming, and talking, you’re alleviating stress, and someone (your hair stylist) is there to take it all in. You’re also probably getting free advice and life guidance.
So, as you continue to visit the hair salon and help your mental health, you should keep this in mind:
- Remember there are others around you who can hear everything. Keep the volume of your voice reasonable, unless you want the whole salon to know you’re dating a guy who is impotent.
- Acknowledge that visiting the hair salon helps your mental health. Be grateful. Verbalize your gratitude to your stylist, and tip more than 20%.
- Keep the therapy a two-way street. You don’t want to burn out your stylist on listening to all of your problems. So, take some time to listen to theirs. Ask your stylist how they’re doing. Your relationship should be give and take.
Wouldn’t it be awesome if your health insurance accepted that visiting the hair salon helps your mental health? Well, it probably won’t ever happen, but please keep your appointments anyway. Your styles, cuts, colorings, and blowouts are all an important part of self care and well-being.