National Hairstylist Mental Health Awareness Day

National Hairstylist Mental Health Awareness Day

Hairstylists are known for their listening capabilities, but who listens to them?

Men having their hair cut at a barber salon
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Mental Health Awareness is something that we all should be prioritising. It is not something that you can work on in seasons, but rather something that requires a consistent mindset. 

Today is National Hairstylist Mental Health Awareness Day. Sounds like a mouthful, but that's what hairstylists hear on a day-to-day basis from their clients. 

You can think of a hairstylist as an unqualified therapist, a person who is always there to listen and give advice. But the question is, who is there to listen to Hairstylists?

"National Hairstylist Mental Health Awareness Day on May 27 ensures that hairstylists are also being heard and that they have a safe space to talk about their problems, a safe space similar to the one that they so often provide for others." (National Today)

But it's not an easy feat listening to people's problems all day. It can be said that listening to problems all day can take a real toll on a person's state of mind. 

Therefore, finding a healthy outlet is of vital importance. 

Deemed interpersonal helpers, hairstylists bear a lot from their customers. 

"Recently, as our understanding of mental health has developed, health professionals have begun to see the potential that the unique relationship between hairstylists and their customers offers. Interestingly, some countries now offer specialist training to hairstylists so that they can help customers who they think may be struggling with their mental health." (National Today)

Danny Guselli asks the hairstylists of KZN today, what customers should do less of today? We're intrigued to find out what comes of this, especially because people confide in their hairstylists so much. 

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