Top 10 Ways to Reclaim Your Joy in the Salon

Top 10 Ways to Reclaim Your Joy in the Salon


Are you finding the salon or barbershop you are working in more challenging to deal with every day? Like, the stimulus overload is making you lose your mind? It might be time to find a way to taking care of yourself and your spirit. This list of top 10 ways to reclaim your joy in your salon will help you identify the triggers that are dragging your business and mood down.

As stylists, you are constantly dealing with so much stimulus that you become immune to the toll it takes, on your mind, body,, and spirit. You pretend that it doesn’t matter, but it can cause significant issues down the road, psychologically, spiritually, and emotionally. In the short term it makes you cranky, but in the long time the price is high and rarely gets discussed. You’ve normalized the salon can be downright crazy-, especially if you are a sensitive or an introvert. You deny the impact of the energy that you try to protect yourselves from or take in. One day, this will not work anymore; your body will say no more.

In the article, Overstimulation: Taming a Modern Problem That Leads to Anxiety, Deane Alban says,

“We undoubtedly live in a noisy world. We are deluged by sounds that did not even exist 100 years ago — vehicle traffic, television, leaf blowers, muzak, and smartphones. The problem has gotten so bad that a World Health Organization report labeled noise pollution a “modern plague.” She addresses some exciting points about causes of anxiety, which you can apply to salons and barbershops.

To start, you need to look at yourself and set aside blaming the salon or the other stylists. You need to look at your part in this scene; your longevity in the beauty industry depends on it.


  • Like any other addiction, the pain may need to get bad enough for you to recognize what is going on and recognize you are in pain. Identify what is bothering you. Is it the lack of support?


  • Declare for yourself what you want. The task isn’t always easy, but you need to focus on yourself for a minute what your dream is for your life; if you get caught up in survival, it’s effortless for your world to get small. You are the only one that can give this to yourself.


  • Look at your work schedule. Are you working so much, you don’t have time to take care of yourself?


  • Take time to discuss your pay with your salon owner. Because if you are still struggling financially, even though you are booked solid, there might be a disconnection here.


  • Exercise. If your body is in pain, you may need more core support. See a doctor or holistic health provider and start addressing your physical being. Many stylists, barbers, and beauty professionals don’t take the time to acknowledge how their bodies are even feeling. Tune in.


  • Take a yummy healthy lunch to look forward to and go outside, or another room or space to enjoy your nourishment. If you are still pounding down Cokes and fast food, you need to make some changes. Make choices,, and you will start feeling better.


  • Take quiet time on your breaks and get out of the salon. Clear the energy in yourself so that you can go back in with a grounded self. Let nature help restore you.


  • See if you can change your station to be somewhere else in the salon that might be quieter.


  • Ask for more soothing music versus frenetic, pounding, or just plain irritating. When the salon is not yours, competing desires from all the staff can make this difficult to control. Everybody has a different opinion, but put a plug in for yourself.


  • Define your space at your station by not allowing in the salon craziness. Create an energetic bubble that people will not want to disturb. Don’t let people interrupt you.


  • Check out your blowdryer. Is it heavy, an awkward shape, too loud, making your job harder? Does your dryer emit EMFs, which we will discuss in another post?


  • Keep your fellow stylists honest. If they are too loud, check in with them, let them know you are finding it difficult to concentrate or hear your client.


  • Encourage your salon owner to redesign the salon and create flow and good vibes in the space. Bringing in tasteful design elements can change the energy in a salon. Try Feng Shui.


  • Last but not least, you may need to find another salon to work in if these changes don’t help or if you continually meet resistance. You are the only one that can take care of you.


The list is just the beginning. As you take responsibility for your unhappiness and discomfort, you allow yourself to explore options that can bring you more peace of mind. The internal movement this creates is courageous and will open up possibilities for more joy. After all, life can serve up difficulties, but they are an opportunity to look inside and see where change can happen.
Carolyn Gregoire, in her article, An Introverts Guide to Surviving(And Thriving) in The Workplace, says,

“At the heart of it, introverts and extroverts respond differently to stimulation,” Susan Cain, author of Quiet: The Power Of Introverts In A World That Can’t Stop Talking, tells The Huffington Post. “Introverts feel alive and energized when they’re in environments that are less stimulating — not less intellectually stimulating, but less stuff is is going on.”

She says in her article that our workspaces are all wrong, and I can see how this applies to salons big time.

Finding a quiet spot to work on your own might be difficult in an open-concept office. Still, it’s worth exploring conference rooms or asking your boss about finding a space where you can enjoy a little peace throughout the day, especially when you’re feeling stressed. The solitude could boost focus and creativity. Carolyn Gregoire

Caring for yourself in this most fundamental way will allow you to stay in this industry that you love for a much longer time. It would help if you found a way that is conducive to your sensibilities, your mindset. Pay attention to your body.

When you follow these top 10 ways to reclaim your joy in your salon can help you tune into the wisdom inside you. You may discover your intuition emerges.  Hopefully, you experience a sense of peace around your career as a result. The list may also help you make sound decisions if things don’t change.  When you deal with the challenges that are in front of you, you open up room for your creativity to blossom.  Design your life. Good luck! if you need help working through your situation. Don’t hesitate to reach out.

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