Stylist Busy Holiday Season 

Self-Care Edition

It’s no secret that once the turkeys start roasting, the sleigh bells start jingling, and we all start singing about Christmas trees, our lives as stylists go from hectic to holiday hectic. As a stylist, you don’t need us to tell you what that means.

We’re your just like us—you’ve got a healthy love-hate-relationship with the holiday season. And for good reason. 

You see a massive influx of customers, you’re making money, you’re working hard—it’s all good, right? Well—maybe not all good. Bustling business is both a blessing and a curse.

With the holiday cheer comes a season of pushing ourselves too hard, running ourselves ragged, and essentially creating the perfect recipe for complete and utter burnout.

That’s why we’re taking a real, honest look at the holidays and laying the facts on you before the busy season kicks in—taking care of yourself this holiday season needs to be your priority. (Say it louder for the people in the back).

It’s okay to love the busyness of the chaotic but rewarding holiday season, but it’s not OK to let the busyness run your life—once you start neglecting your health, your well-being, and your work-life balance, you’re setting yourself up for disaster.

Plus—if you’re not giving yourself some time and space for self-care, your entire holiday season is going to pass you by, and you’ll have been stuck in the salon, picking other people’s hair off your stained apron while the rest of the world is enjoying the most wonderful time of the year. 

Self-care strategy can help make sure that you experience both a lucrative busy season and a happy holiday season, too.

We’re not just here to talk the talk, though, we’ve outlined a few ways to help you walk the walk this holiday season. 

Implement a few of these tips and tricks this time around for a busy season that won’t have you pulling your hair out.

Your Zzzzs Matter—Make Sleep a Priority

Look, the idea of hustling is great and all (and we’re all about stylists being on their grind), but if you’re truly running on 3-4 hours of sleep every night during busy season, there’s only one end result for that—an enormous crash.

Your body wasn’t meant to function with little-to-no-sleep, so why try to force efficiency out of it if you’re only giving it a lil bit of rest?

You’ll perform your best when you’re well-rested and energized—offering your clients, your business, and yourself anything less is a waste of time. We’re not saying that it’s realistic to think you’ll get a solid 8 hours every single night.

Life happens, we get that. But make sure you’re making sleep a priority for yourself—trust us, you’ll be thankful you did.

Delegate When You Can (and If You Can’t, Learn How to Say No)

If you’re blessed to be working with a crew of stylists in your shop or salon, work together to delegate the responsibilities of the holiday season. There’s nothing wrong with sharing the spoils, and if your holiday season truly is hectic, there’s likely plenty to go around.

If you delegate the workload in an efficient way, you can give yourself some self-care space while making sure everyone is able to get the holiday $$ they’re after.

If you’re running a one-(wo)man-show this holiday season, here’s the advice you desperately need form us—learn how to say no. We know that’s not easy. When there’s money to be made, it’s hard to not just throw your hands up, shout yes, and do what needs to be done.

But really try to figure out what’s most important to you—is an additional, last-minute job that’s offering up $50 worth the delay to get home and get some rest? During your crazy season, probably not. 

Remember, NO is okay!

Take. Days. Off.

It’s tempting to work as many days as possible during the holiday season, but there’s no crime in giving yourself a day off every week. 

You’d be surprised how much more refreshed and ready-to-go you are for the entire week when you come in after a day at home full of rest, pampering, catching up on life stuff, and more.

Do Something You Love Once a Day (Even if It’s Small)

We’re not saying you need to go out and go backpacking every single day, but we do think it’s vital to do something small that you love consistently. 

Light your favorite candle, take a bath, drink a specialty latte, take an extra-long walk with your dog, take your partner out for a fun date night.

Just be sure that you’re doing something that you love to do and that it’s a special treat that serves you specifically. You need that.

Don’t Neglect Your Physical health

It can be really easy to be a little bit lazy about physical health during a busy holiday season for a lot of reasons—you’re working long hours, you’re already physically exhausted, you’re running out of time in the day to cook a healthy dinner, etc.

But if you slack where it matters (in taking good, quality care of yourself), your body and your mind are going to suffer. Do your very best to give your body what it needs—movement, stretching, healthy (and delicious) food.

We’re not saying you have to go into the gym every day and power lift, but don’t totally neglect the things that are good for you! Your body will thank you.

Unplug, Unwind

When work is over for the day, it’s over—make that a rule. The best self-care gift you can grant yourself is the ability to unplug and unwind—just enjoy your life at home away from work.

It can be really hard to separate these parts of your life, especially if you love your job. But trust us, giving yourself just a few hours off every day that aren’t revolving around the salon or shop will make your time there even more rewarding.

Especially during a busy holiday season where your “time off” is probably limited. Put your phone down, stop checking the salon’s Instagram during your off-hours, pour a glass of wine, and do what you want to do.

Remind Yourself What Matters

It’s so hard to make ourselves look at the big picture during holiday season—it seems like money is just throwing itself at us, begging us to work just a little harder and a little longer to reap the benefits. And that’s great, making money is awesome and we’ve got nothing against it—but make sure you’re looking at this season in the grand scheme of things that matter. 

Will staying extra hours every single night this holiday season be something that you’ll regret later? Will missing your kid’s holiday recital so you can style a client’s hair be something you’ll be proud of?

Value yourself (and your self-care) above the idea of raking in holiday cash.

The best self-care is realizing that your worth and your value is based on more than your profession.

You deserve happiness, you deserve calmness, you deserve a life—and a holiday season—that’s lived out to the fullest. Don’t forget that!

Run your holiday season this year—not the other way around.

Forget that nonsense about having to always be on the grind during busy season—take control and monitor your self-care, because, at the end of the day, your well-being matters more than an extra pile of $$$. 

Have some holiday advice for our community of stylists? Share it in the comments section!

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