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Many areas of cosmetology are relatively demanding physically, and at Collectiv Academy, our beauty school program includes preparation for this reality. Especially for future hair stylists or anyone working in the salon, you’ll spend plenty of time walking, bending, standing and moving in a variety of ranges of motion.

During our programs, you’ll learn tactics to combat any wear and tear that results from this physical burden. Here are a few basic tips.

Repetitive Strain Prevention

Cosmetologists will spend a ton of time with their shoulders, arms and hands in positions that require strain. This can lead to repetitive strain and resulting injury from doing the same unnatural motions over and over, but with the right tactics, this can be avoided.

Early on, most hair stylists learn to keep the wrists straight while cutting hair – you may not notice it at first, but soon enough you’ll find the strain that can come with regularly curling your wrist. Many salons will also require stylists to wear clothes that aren’t great for physical support, such as high heels or tight skirts, and if this is the case, you may want to look into some stretching and other tactics to prevent ankle strains, leg cramps and lower back pain.

The Right Shoes

As long as you aren’t required to wear heels or other specific shoes, your choice here can go a long way. Heels under 2 inches are recommended, and wider shoes are best since they allow the toes to move around and stretch. The feet handle the brunt of the shock of your activity during the day, so focus on the shoes that can help absorb some of this.

Strengthening the Body

Whenever possible, look for strategies to strengthen the body. Some people use weight-lifting workouts or aerobics for endurance, while others utilize massage or chiropractic adjustments. However you can find enjoyment and physical support through exercise, plan to do so.

In our decades of experience, we’ve learned that sometimes it’s the overlooked details that make the biggest difference. That informs every part of our unique program, from styling to first aid. To find out more about what makes our cosmetology program unique, contact us today!

It may not be the first thing that comes to mind when one thinks of cosmetology, but safety in the barbershop is a very important consideration. You’re working with equipment that’s sharp or heats up to what can be dangerous temperatures, after all, and these items are usually used on or around the heads of your customers.

At Collectiv Academy, safety in the workplace is a standard part of our cosmetology school experience. Here are a few general tips we’d offer for keeping your shop safe and fun.

Equipment

The items in your salon are tools at your disposal, but they can be dangerous if used or maintained incorrectly. A few basics to stay on top of:

  • Keep lists of equipment, including regular maintenance tracking
  • Be conscious of cords and electronics, especially near customers
  • Keep track of sharp items
  • Check water temperatures regularly – should never be above 120 degrees Fahrenheit
  • Bi-annual checks on all equipment

These are just general tips, and many individual situations will simply come down to common sense. Don’t let children near sharp or hot equipment, for instance, and don’t try to fix or fuss with equipment you may not know how to use. Part of our hair school experience at Collectiv Academy includes proper use and maintenance of all salon equipment.

Chemicals

If they’re handled and stored correctly, the various chemicals in your barbershop will stay safe and useful as hair products and not accidents waiting to happen. Some ways to stay diligent here:

  • Store chemicals according to instructions
  • Label all chemicals clearly
  • Read directions before use
  • Follow allergy-check recommendations from product manufacturers

Facility

Keeping your salon clutter-free and organized is the easiest way to avoid any potential chaos. A few things to keep an eye on:

  • Wipe up spills on floors immediately, and sweep up hair regularly
  • Provide non-slip footwear to customers if slipping is an issue
  • Wash and wax floors regularly
  • Check fixtures like mirrors, tables and sinks on a regular basis
  • Designate specific areas for employee workstations to avoid confusion
  • Keep a first-aid supply kit handy

If you’re ready to learn more and join an exciting and progressive beauty school, contact Collectiv Academy today. Our passionate team is ready to meet you and start your journey toward creating a successful career.