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Healing Hair Trauma

When we talk about "hair trauma" it sounds like we are being dramatic. Unfortunately we have witnessed how bad hair experiences can impact women and how they feel in the salon environment afterwards.

Since the month of May is mental health awareness we wanted to help people better understand why they may feel the way they do about their hair. We want to empower people to move past their negative experiences and cultivate ultimate hair happiness.


What Is Trauma?

Trauma by definition is the lasting emotional response that often results in living through a distressing event. This can harm a persons sense of safety, sense of self, and ability to regulate emotions.

To experience trauma it does not need to be a" huge" life altering event like a war, car accident , or a near death experience to impact us. Simply a negative event that impacts how you feel about yourself like having a bad hair cut can be enough to create stress or an inability to regulate our emotions.


Hair Trauma

A negative hair experience that violates the unique self expression of an individual creating an emotional response due to a lack of trust and safety.


Why We Feel Attached To Our Luscious Locks

Your hair is one of the first things people see when they look at you and one of the first things you notice when you look at yourself in the mirror. Like it or not our choice in hair style and colour plays a significant role in how people perceive us and in many cases how we feel about ourselves.


Throughout history and in many cultures it is believed that a person’s hair represents a strong cultural identity. This strong cultural identity promotes self-esteem, self-respect, a sense of belonging, and a healthy sense of pride. We can understand how this would still be the case in society today.


When we have a negative experience with our hair it triggers an emotional response that is much deeper than altering the hair itself. It triggers insecurities, judgement, sense of belonging and of course ego.


Hair trauma in salon environments when not navigated well it can impact how clients feel about the salon environment. It is important to ensure that clients who have experienced hair trauma feel safe, heard, and in control in order to move past their negative emotions from previous experiences.


Steps To Heal

  • Find a salon environment that puts you at ease

  • Book a consultation - This allows you to build trust & feel heard

  • Be open about past experiences with technician

  • Find a technician that will explain each step & have continued communication with you

  • Education - Ask questions & allow the technician to guide and support you

  • Emotions around your hair are normal. Feel them and allow them to pass


Remember The 3 E's


EXPERIMENTATION

Embrace your new look, its just as important to know what you don't want as what you do. Change to your hair is temporary & can be adjusted .The only way you will learn what feels right for you is through experimentation so try to embrace the process.

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EVOLUTION

As your experimenting your look will evolve ! Hair is an expression of your own unique beauty at different times of your life. From this evolution you can better understand your likes and dislikes. It's all part of your unique hair journey and process.

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EMPOWERMENT

Though trying new things you will build confidence in what makes you feel and look your very best. You will gain more excitement to express yourself through your luscious locks free of judgement.



Whether you're healing from hair trauma or have arrived to ultimate hair happiness we hope that this reminds you that emotions and attachment to your hair is normal. It's important to remember that navigating our emotions, attachments, and expectations are a part of your unique hair journey.









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