5 Things You Need to Know Right Now About Honor

5 Things You Need to Know Right Now About Honor


Touching of the head is reserved for few people. Lovers, spiritual ceremonies, doctors, and you the beauty professional, treat it with respect and consider your touch. You need to know this list of five things right now about honor, what you can do to bring a level of consciousness to what you are actually doing, and not just going through your job’s robotic motions. When you start paying attention to the nuances of what you do and how you treat people, your business will skyrocket, you will feel more satisfied at the end of the day, and your clients will appreciate you. These sorts of details go beyond just the skill of brilliant hair color or perfect haircut.

Jay Mantri

Whether you are just beginning your career or have been at it for years, checking in with yourself as you walk into the salon, observe how you move through your clients in one day. Become hyper-aware of how you approach them. Consider your thought as you touch. Are you careless, rough, or flippant? Maybe just rushed and fast? I’m not suggesting that you need to be severe or pretentious. Handle them with care and consideration. Please make sure they are comfortable as they sit in your chair or lean back in the shampoo bowl. Bring yourself present instead of thinking about what you need to do or the fact that you may be running behind. Use your touch as a way to ground yourself, breathe, and rinse her yours and her troubles away.

1. Be Conscious – It would be challenging to be a beauty professional and not touch your client—such a simple gesture. And yet, a compelling one. How you approach your clients head speaks volumes about who you are, and what you think about them. Your thoughts come right out through your hands. Have you ever asked permission of your new clients? This simple acknowledgment of the fact that you are going to touch them is vital in developing trust. Conscious healers do it all the time. Be intentional, rhythmic, and let the energy flow without getting attached.

I recently brought my daughter to the acupuncturist. It was a fabulous experience, and I walked away, impressed with her manner. It made me wonder why doctors implement this concept of permission-based touching. The Acupuncturist asked my daughter, “May I take your pulse?” When she received the “yes,” she said thank you. This fantastic gesture of asking sets the tone of what you will be like working with you, it helps to build the relationship, giving her the option to speak up, or opt-out, or change the situation. It goes a long way in establishing trust. Ask your client next time, “May I touch your hair?” Watch their response. You will floor them.


“Honor your clients by honoring yourself.” REBECCA BEARDSLEY


2. Communicate with Kindness – I don’t care if it is the most troublesome client, if she is in your chair, and you’ve not released her to another salon, then you still have work to do. Honor is the only way through it. Speak candidly with her or him while resting your hands on her shoulders. Do not hesitate to bring truth to the situation in a professional manner. Think about it, if you are holding lousy juju going into the appointment with your client, and then you go to touch her head, all these negative thoughts are transferring over to her, and is polluting the space between you, and at the end of the day will only destroy you.

3. Check in With Them – Are they wincing or backing off from your touch? Have you asked them if they like a vigorous shampoo or mild? Or do you launch into nail scratching shampoo while they white knuckle the chair to get through the experience? The shampoo bowl is a perfect time for them to close their eyes and relax and ease them into the service. Let them be. Let all the stuff you are holding onto rinse right down the drain for your well-being. Think of it as sacred because it is. Water is a replenishing, cleansing ritual in all cultures, and in your salons’ start thinking about it this way, and you will find yourself more grounded and ready to embark on the next service. If you are not shampooing your clients, you are missing out.

4. Using Your Hands to Demonstrate Your Professionalism – You need to demonstrate your professionalism to your clients by speaking about their hair with your hands. Touch their heads with artistry, showing them your vision. Feel their head, ask if there are any sensitivities, and brush the scalp. The more care and time you spend here, they will feel honored, like your are not just going through the motions. If you want them to come along on your journey, you better make it as enticing as possible, and a lot of it is how secure they feel in your hands.

5. Shake It Off – If you feel there is negativity coming from client, than alternatively, you can use the time at the bowl to release, and shake it off in the bowl. Maybe even spraying some essential oils in the air before your client arrives or after they leave. The essential oils will help you and your client relax and release tension. Try adding essential oils like Jasmine, Ylang-Ylang, Rosemary, Cypress, or Eucalyptus to a diffuser if your client is not sensitive. Massage her scalp and loosen it up. You can let them know a healthy scalp grows healthy hair.

Know that when you treat your client, yourself, and the profession with honor, it changes your DNA. When you allow the decisive, honorable role you play in your clients’ life to sink in, you begin to transform your job into a career and vocation. Raising our awareness and consciousness helps to bring up the whole industry.

Hairstylist Tip

As you walk in the door of the salon, check in with yourself. As you look at your appointment book, see how you feel about each one. Now, see if you can bring awareness to what you are doing, how you are doing it. When you start focusing on where you are holding back or holding in, you can release it. Let the shampoo bowl be a place of respite for you both. Your sales will be more effective from a relaxed position.


Watch this fun video, 6 Reasons Why Touch Is Amazing.


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