I must admit that I have been perplexed about what to write for my May post. Given the chaotic time we are all confronting with the Coronavirus challenge, it seemed impossible to figure out what could be important enough to share via Beauty Topics.
On further reflection, I decided that it is important that we not lose ourselves in this formidable challenge by denying ourselves self pampering and what we do ‘normally’ (observing certain restrictions). A sense of continuity is most important when our world has been turned upside down. It’s the little personal rituals that keep us centered when we are figuring out our new terrain. In keeping with that idea, I think taking care of ourselves should include how we look on the outside, and how we feel on the inside as we navigate through life’s eruptions – new and old.
Those who rely on hair salon specialists, flexible schedulers, and beauty professionals are facing major adjustments in managing their own hair and other things at this time. We are learning all over again what brought us to the salons in the first place: we are not nearly as proficient at performing those beauty tasks as the professionals whom we rely on. However, rather than feeling sorry for this “beauty reality check”, it occurred to me that this might be a good time to offer sincere thanks to those specialists who take such good care of us. Have you tried lately to do your nails, hand or feet, or tried waxing your own face, or managing your hair so that it looks more than just presentable? These are not welcome challenges.
In recent days, the people who have jobs in hair/beauty salons have not only “NOT” been able to give us luxury treatments, to which we have become accustomed, some of them may even have been stripped of their livelihoods by way of collateral damage.After all, this is exactly the kind of work where the professional performs in close proximity with the client. With little to no “prior notice”, COVID19, has intruded itself into that very private space. Until the last possible appointments, these reliable professionals continued to entertain our shared stories, our “prepared reality”, by applying their creative talents to our faces, hair, nails, and above all to our egos. Now, many of them find themselves in the position of having to apply for unemployment benefits. Some are wondering, no doubt, how they will manage the near and distant futures of their bill payments, childcare, etc. For some it is the challenge of a lifetime.
I searched the www for some ideas on what these beauty professionals suggest that their customers do during this crisis. I am impressed with their care and attention to our needs even during this period.
Suggestions: ♦ you can manage your hair until the salons are open again. ♦ there are ways for you to maintain your hair color.
The news lately about COVID-19 has been disturbing. However, I want to take a “mindful time-out“ to put visual concepts of beauty in this post to remind us that our planet is still filled with beauty. And, once again to remind us that we must try to see more than our current troubles.
As some of you know from following HairBlues, I am a certified aromatherapist, grounded in the wellness remedies of plant therapy and essential oils. So, in this post I want to introduce you to the essential oil, ‘May Chang‘. In my own experience, one whiff of ‘May Chang‘ essential oil quickly reminds me of peace and calmness. I am aware that because I live on this planet, there are those who distill the plants and flowers. Their work and process bring this fine oil to me. I am further comforted by the accumulated knowledge of those who work with essential oils at a level that I have a newfound respect for. In the meantime I benefit from that knowledge source: one can find solace even when there is much at stake by taking a “mindful time-out“ to breathe. Continue reading Time Out for May Chang→
Have you ever considered massage therapy as part of your wellness routine? What if I told you massage therapy could provide the following: pain relief; reduction in stress; better sleep; and, lower blood pressure. Just to name a few benefits.
Here are some findings: American Massage Therapy Association ♦ Specific to osteoarthritis in the knee, a research study funded by the National Center for Complementary and Integrative Health (NCCIH) found that a 60-minute “dose” of Swedish massage therapy performed once a week for pain was both optimal and practical.5 ♦ Two recent clinical studies report that patients with diabetic peripheral neuropathy in their feet can significantly benefit from foot massage. Each study relied on a different massage technique, although both shared similarly positive conclusions. ♦Though limited, there have been a few studies that point to a positive connection between massage and migraine relief.
Note: Before your insurance will pay for the massage, you must provide proof from your primary health care physician that it is a medically necessary procedure. Continue reading Massage & Wellness→
We’re about to enter the busiest season of the year. Are you ready? In the weeks ahead, many of us will be shopping, cooking, entertaining and creating memories to last a lifetime. But for some people, this time of year can also be stressful. Holiday stress may be related to family, travel and so on. As we head into this busy time, here are our six tips for a stress-free holiday season. Click the link below for details.