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Category name: Health and Wellness

Get Rid of the Lawn in Your Nose with Nose Hair Scissors

22 November 2021, By JATAI

Have you ever seen someone that looked like they had a lawn growing in their nose? Or maybe you personally know someone who seems to think no one cares or notices their nose hair. If you’ve ever had a conversation with someone who has overgrown nose hairs, you might catch yourself staring at their nose instead of paying attention to...

Get Rid of the Lawn in Your Nose with Nose Hair Scissors
Trim nostril hairHave you ever seen someone that looked like they had a lawn growing in their nose? Or maybe you personally know someone who seems to think no one cares or notices their nose hair. If you've ever had a conversation with someone who has overgrown nose hairs, you might catch yourself staring at their nose instead of paying attention to what they’re saying. It's not only uncomfortable but also embarrassing to watch. Now that brings up the question, are YOU that person? Personal grooming is a matter of hygiene and it’s generally known that the way you present yourself is representation of how well you take care of yourself. If you’re not sure you’re that person, take a good look in the mirror and determine if your nose needs some maintenance so you can avoid an embarrassing social situation. It only takes one overgrown hair to draw eyeballs. Why is it that nose hairs can get so long? For the most part, this is a predominantly male problem, but it can occur with women as well. When it comes to males, hormones are responsible for long nose hair. Aging can also lead to long nose hair due to increased testosterone production and a decrease in female hormone production. While this is a natural occurrence, it can definitely be problematic. So why do nose hairs exist again? Nose hairs play an important role when it comes to health. They are essential for filtering out dust, dirt, and environmental irritants. If harmful particles get past the nasal cavity, it can reach the lungs and create infection. So what do you do if you have to mow the lawn? It can be very painful and scary to use scissors that have sharp tips if you don't know what you are doing. It's a very sensitive area and you have to be careful with how you approach nose hair trimming. Here is a no hassle, pain-free way of keeping your nose from looking like a chia pet. Nostril Scissors with blunt ends1) Wash the inside of the nose with a cotton swab moistened with water. Make sure the inside of the nostril is free of mucus. 2) Look into a mirror and tilt your nose up for visibility. Make sure you have ample light to see the hose hair clearly and to cut the nose hair properly. 3) Get a pair or nose hair scissors with rounded tips. You can also use an electric nose hair trimmer. The Seki Edge Nostril Hair Scissors or Rotating Nostril Hair Cutter are manual ways to cut nose hair. The nostril scissors have rounded tips, comfortable finger rings and hand-finished blades with a sharp cutting edge. The nostril hair cutter have rotating blades that cut the nose hairs as the blades move past each other. 4) Insert nose hair scissors into your nose and trim hairs, especially at the opening at the nostrils to make sure there aren't any nose hairs sticking past the nostril. Do not stick the nose hair scissors in too far. Rotating Nostril Hair Cutter5) When finished, clean the nose hair scissor blades to remove debris and bacteria with rubbing alcohol or soap and warm water. 6) If there are specific nose hairs you want to completely get rid of for whatever reason, you can individually pluck them out with a tweezer. However, it’s best not to over tweeze as this can create irritation, infection and ingrown hairs. If you want to use tweezers, use a round tip tweezer so that the tips do not poke the inside of the nose. Using a tweezer will be a bit more painful as you can imagine, but it will completely eliminate that hair for a while. It is also very important that you don't aggressively trim your nostril hairs with either a pair of nose hair scissors or trimmers. Aggressive trimming may actually cause nicks to the skin tissue. This can create sores and pimples, which can become painful, inflamed and infected. Depending on how thick and long your nose hairs are, it may be necessary to trim nose hairs once or twice a week if necessary. It just depends on the rate of growth. Trimming nose hairs is not always an easy topic to talk about with friends and family. But none-the-less they are important topics. Having good hygiene and keeping up a grooming routine helps you put your best foot forward and increase confidence. Even a simple task such as trimming your nostril hairs can make a big difference. If you’re ready to get rid of the lawn in your nose just follow these steps and you will be on the path to a fresh new look.

JATAI

JATAI

JATAI provides innovative and professional quality beauty implements with world-class customer service and educational support. To offer great products as a master distributor, we seek out and select only manufacturers who demonstrate superior workmanship, the most advanced technology, and respected business core values of reliability, honesty and integrity. Accordingly, JATAI represents three major ‘workhorse’ brands that dominate within their categories. Feather, Seki Edge and Fuji Paper. JATAI Academy brings beauty tools to creative life. It’s the ultimate professional information resource where Education, Artistry and Trends CONNECT for Stylists and Barbers.

Removing Ear Wax: Ear Wax Removal Tool or Bulb Syringe?

08 November 2021, By JATAI

Earwax removal is a not often discussed. However, it’s an issue people face all the time. Earwax is the natural buildup of debris in the ear canal. Over time it is important to remove the wax to keep the ears clean and to keep debris away from the eardrum. But not all ear wax should be treated equal. It’s interesting...

Removing Ear Wax: Ear Wax Removal Tool or Bulb Syringe?
Earwax removal is a not often discussed. However, it’s an issue people face all the time. Earwax is the natural buildup of debris in the ear canal. Over time it is important to remove the wax to keep the ears clean and to keep debris away from the eardrum.

plastic ear wax removal toolBut not all ear wax should be treated equal. It’s interesting to note that earwax takes a different form based on your ethnicity. People of Asian and Native American descent likely have earwax that’s dry and flaky due to a recessive gene. People of European and African descent tend to have wet earwax due to a dominant gene.

As you might guess, having dry or wet ear wax will affect what kind of earwax removal method you should use.

Earwax removal may become necessary when you experience symptoms of earache, a fullness in the ear, partial hearing loss, tinnitus, a ringing noise in the ear, itching, odor or discharge. If this occurs, you could be experiencing impaction. Although most of the time you will just experience build up, impaction is also a possibility and should be taken seriously.

Unfortunately, there is no way to prevent ear wax build up. It’s natural for the sebaceous glands of the ear to produce wax. And on top of that, some people produce more wax than others. The best thing to do is to occasionally pay attention to any earwax build up and remove it to prevent impaction.

Most of the time ear wax will naturally fall out due to jaw movements or chewing gum. However, if the wax does not come out naturally, there are several ways to take this into your own hands and clean it out yourself.

One way to approach wet earwax removal is by irrigating the ear with a bulb syringe of mineral oil, baby oil, glycerin, or commercial drops from a kit found at a drug store. Wetting ear wax with these products for a few minutes can soften and loosen the earwax. Then, simply tilt your head to the side to let it drain out.

Ear cleaning tool to remove ear waxFor dry earwax a completely different method must be used and this usually involves an ear cleaning tool. In Asia, earwax is often removed by using ear picks. A highly popular removal method, the ear pick usually has a scoop or screw-like head that dislodges, removes, and acts as an earwax catcher.

One must be careful when using an Asian ear pick and not push the ear pick in too far and damage the ear canal. For children, it is not uncommon to get their ears cleaned by a parent using an ear pick. Most Asian countries use similar types of ear picks so a Japanese ear pick is very similar to a Chinese one etc. Many are made of plastic or bamboo.

In the United States and other Western countries, people like to use Q-Tips. Q-tips can be detrimental for earwax removal as the Q-tip can end up pushing the earwax deeper into the canal. Since Q-Tips merely consist of small cotton swabs at each end, there is no scooping piece to it that pulls it out.

Also, ear candles are not a safe option either. Both Q-tips and ear candles can possibly do more damage than good and should be avoided. So if you want to have safe earwax removal that does the job choose either the liquid approach or use an ear wax removal tool.

JATAI

JATAI

JATAI provides innovative and professional quality beauty implements with world-class customer service and educational support. To offer great products as a master distributor, we seek out and select only manufacturers who demonstrate superior workmanship, the most advanced technology, and respected business core values of reliability, honesty and integrity. Accordingly, JATAI represents three major ‘workhorse’ brands that dominate within their categories. Feather, Seki Edge and Fuji Paper. JATAI Academy brings beauty tools to creative life. It’s the ultimate professional information resource where Education, Artistry and Trends CONNECT for Stylists and Barbers.

How to Make Your Eyes Look Bigger: Use an Eyelash Curler

25 October 2021, By JATAI

When we look at someone’s face, many times the first thing we notice is the eyes. They can express sincerity, joy, unhappiness, anger and tiredness. But the eyes also exhibit beauty. In western cultures it is desirable for women to have the appearance of large eyes. A huge part of making eyes look larger can be attributed to how eyelashes...

How to Make Your Eyes Look Bigger: Use an Eyelash Curler
When we look at someone’s face, many times the first thing we notice is the eyes. They can express sincerity, joy, unhappiness, anger and tiredness. But the eyes also exhibit beauty. In western cultures it is desirable for women to have the appearance of large eyes. A huge part of making eyes look larger can be attributed to how eyelashes make eyes appear more open, wider and brighter. It's no wonder many women look to find ways to learn how to lengthen and curl their eyelashes to encourage this look. Luckily, whether your natural eyes appear smaller or larger, there are several ways to get long eyelashes to make them look bigger. False eyelashes or lash extensions are two popular ways lengthen and thicken lashes. However, eyelash extensions require a makeup artist to apply them and require regular maintenance. The false eyelash route is much more affordable but they must be applied carefully to ensure proper fit. If the glue gets undone, they can easily fall off. They also can look unnatural if the fake eyelashes don’t look real. For a lower maintenance route, using your natural lashes is the way to go. Curling your eyelashes can still make your eyes look larger. But there are some tips to doing so.   Let’s take a deeper look. Here’s how to make your eyes look bigger using your natural eyelashes… First, find the best eyelash curler. Starting with the right tools can make all the difference. Second, you will need to know how to curl your eyelashes properly to get the most curl out of the lashes as possible. Third, you need a good mascara that will emphasize your lashes. Fourth, use a lash comb for separating lashes and removing mascara clumps.  

So what is the best eyelash curler?

Spot Eyelash Curler for the outer corners of your eyesThe best eyelash curler is one that makes your eyes look wider, brighter and longer. It shouldn't hurt you, pull your eyelash hairs, or crush them. If your eyelash curler does, keep in mind this may be related to your technique. The eyelash curler should have a wide opening and should be easy to maneuver. And it should be easy to clean and easy to replace pads when needed. The curler pad should be gentle to the eyelash and leave a natural looking curl. If you want to heat your eyelash curler with a blowdryer, it is best to use a metal eyelash curler or a heat resistant plastic one. Be careful to not heat it for too long as this may burn you. Heating your eyelash curl can lead to a better, longer lasting curl. A spot eyelash curler may be useful for addressing spots on the eyelashes that get missed in the initial curling. This is like a touchup curler for the outer corners of your eyes and should be used after the main eyelash curler is use.  

Next, you will need to learn how to curl your eyelashes correctly.

How to curl your eyelashesTo curl, gently position the eyelash curler so that the eyelash fits in the window of the curler. Be sure to not put the eyelash curler too close to the lash line or the base of your lashes as you might end up pinching your skin. Carefully, squeeze the curler for a few seconds to mold the eyelash. Release the curler and repeat as necessary. Be sure the curler is completely open before removing the curler. You can even turn the eyelash curler upside down to curl the bottom lashes if they are long enough. It's a good idea to replace the eyelash curler pads every 2-3 months to keep bacteria from accumulating and keep your eyelash curler functioning at it's best. To clean the lash curler, use makeup remover or rubbing alcohol to remove the debris from the curler. Do NOT curl your eyelashes after you've applied mascara. This can lead to sticking of the eyelash to the curler which can pull your eyelashes out. When using mascara, look down while looking in the mirror and stroke the brush upwards with the tip of the brush. After you apply your first coat, let it dry. Then apply a second coat if necessary.

If you have clumping...

Using a lash comb to remove macara clumpsYou may want to invest in an eyelash comb for separating lashes and removing excess mascara. This also allows your lashes to look more natural and for opening up your eyes even more. Do not use a pin as this can be very dangerous. A lash pin comb is specifically designed to separate your lashes when your regular mascara brush can't. Keep eyelashes clump free! Lastly, makeup removal is important. If you sleep with mascara on, your eyelashes will get smashed in the pillow and ruin the curl. Also, the mascara can rub off on the pillow and create dark circles around the eye area. The process of curling and applying mascara is something that should be done every morning when putting on makeup. Curling your eyelashes is not difficult or complicated to learn. However, understanding some of the finer details can make your eyelashes look their best and help them to stand out even more. It’s all an illusion and by having the best eyelash curler, using the proper techniques, a great mascara, and utilizing a lash pin comb can make all the difference.

JATAI

JATAI

JATAI provides innovative and professional quality beauty implements with world-class customer service and educational support. To offer great products as a master distributor, we seek out and select only manufacturers who demonstrate superior workmanship, the most advanced technology, and respected business core values of reliability, honesty and integrity. Accordingly, JATAI represents three major ‘workhorse’ brands that dominate within their categories. Feather, Seki Edge and Fuji Paper. JATAI Academy brings beauty tools to creative life. It’s the ultimate professional information resource where Education, Artistry and Trends CONNECT for Stylists and Barbers.

How to Get Rid of Blackheads Using a Blackhead Remover Tool

18 October 2021, By JATAI

Blackheads are ugly eye sores. Looking in the morning mirror and closely examining those large pores filled with dirt and excess oil can drive one crazy. In order to remove them it’s important to take a moment to properly learn how to get rid of blackheads in a safe and effective way. After all, we all want beautiful, smooth clear...

How to Get Rid of Blackheads Using a Blackhead Remover Tool
Blackheads on noseBlackheads are ugly eye sores. Looking in the morning mirror and closely examining those large pores filled with dirt and excess oil can drive one crazy. In order to remove them it's important to take a moment to properly learn how to get rid of blackheads in a safe and effective way. After all, we all want beautiful, smooth clear skin, but being gentle will prevent any scarring or unnecessary damage. To understand how to properly get rid of blackheads, you must first realize that although blackheads are embarrassing to look at, these are merely clogged skin pores. Medically, they are defined as an 'open comedone' and are normally seen at the first stage of acne before it develops into skin inflammation and infection. When excessive oil accumulation occurs, the oils are oxidized causing the oil to become solid leading to blocked pores. When oils first start to accumulate it is called a whitehead. At the whitehead stage the pore is still closed. However, once the pore opens and the oils start to oxidize, they become blackheads. So, blackheads and whiteheads both consist of dead skin cells, oil and sebum but the difference lies in whether the pore is open or not.  

There are two essential parts to blackhead removal:

1) Preventing blackheads

2) The physical removal of blackheads

 

Preventing Blackheads

Preventing blackheads will require some habit changes. Making a permanent daily routine of proper skin care is required to keep blackheads away. First, wash your face twice a day, once when you wake up and once when you go to bed. If you aren't doing this already, start this change today. Cleaning your face regularly will keep dirt and oil from excessive accumulation. When washing your face, use a cleanser or exfoliant with non-harsh chemicals. Using harsh chemicals may create more damage. Apply the cleanser to an exfoliating scrub and massage the skin where your blackheads occur in a gentle, circular motion. Do not scrub too hard as this can create damage. After rinsing, pat your face with a dry clean, fresh towel. Cleansers can act as a pore cleaner, but they can’t remove debris deep into the pores.   Second, apply toner that contains 0.5-2% salicylic acid to shed the dead cells from the upper layer of the skin as well as decrease any inflammation. Overusing products with salicylic acid can irritate the skin so only use it a few times per week.   Third, take precautions. Only use cosmetics that are water-based. Oil based products may clog your pores. This means applying an oil-free moisturizer and an oil-free sunscreen. Do not use excessive make-up. If you wear makeup, be sure to remove it by using a good make-up remover. The heavier the make-up, the more likely it will clog your pores. Stay away from humidity and pollution if possible. This deadly combination allows debris to collect and stick to the skin aggravating blackhead formation.  

The Physical Removal of Blackheads

Removing Blackheads with a Blackhead ToolSqueezing your skin for blackhead removal has the potential to further block your pores resulting in blackhead formation. This is a common mistake. The best way to remove blackheads is to use a blackhead remover. This is a more sterile and accurate way of extracting a blackhead to prevent damage and minimize scarring. Other removal tools on the market such as suction probes, using a pore vacuum or skin spatula can aggravate skin issues and lead to irritation. Using tools like these on sensitive skin is probably not a good idea. The same goes for blackhead strips. Using blackhead strips may cause more inflammation instead of less! Plus, these strips only work on the surface and may be painful during the blackhead removal process. To remove blackheads, you will first want to open the pore for easier extraction by using a steamer or placing a warm wet towel over the blackhead for 5 minutes. A great time to do this is after a shower. Use a quality blackhead remover tool or a comedones extractor for best results. Clean the blackhead tool or blackhead extractor with rubbing alcohol or an antiseptic solution to sterilize the tool before and after blackhead removal. Seki Edge Blackhead Remover Tool SS-801There are usually 2 sides to a blackhead extraction tool. Gently press the side of the tool that best fits the blackhead and push it against the skin with the blackhead in the center of the hole. Be sure you do this gently to avoid skin damage. Slowly rock the tool back and forth to loosen the blackhead for 30 seconds or until removal is achieved. If it doesn't come out easily, you may need to steam your face longer. Be sure to buy a quality extractor tool. This is your skin, so it's important to prevent any unnecessary scarring and infection due to low quality implements. One that is recommended is the Seki Edge Blackhead Remover. It has two sides with different size holes and it’s made of Japanese stainless steel. You can check it out here. Lastly, if you don't feel comfortable doing this yourself or your home attempt at blackhead removal is being stubborn, you can see an esthetician or dermatologist who can easily do this for you, but it won’t be cheap. It’s best to see a professional to remove blackheads when there are complications such as a possible infection. And if you’ve got a serious situation, maybe it’s time to see Dr. Pimple Popper! Regularly removing blackheads and closing the pores afterwards can help to reduce the size of your blackheads when they come back. It is very difficult to completely get rid of blackheads to the point where they don’t return. But with constant careful attention you can minimize pore size over time which makes them less noticeable.

JATAI

JATAI

JATAI provides innovative and professional quality beauty implements with world-class customer service and educational support. To offer great products as a master distributor, we seek out and select only manufacturers who demonstrate superior workmanship, the most advanced technology, and respected business core values of reliability, honesty and integrity. Accordingly, JATAI represents three major ‘workhorse’ brands that dominate within their categories. Feather, Seki Edge and Fuji Paper. JATAI Academy brings beauty tools to creative life. It’s the ultimate professional information resource where Education, Artistry and Trends CONNECT for Stylists and Barbers.

How to Fix Ingrown Toenails

23 August 2021, By JATAI

Ingrown toenails suck. They’re painful. They are not easy to fix quickly. And did I mention they’re painful? But once you get one, you know you have to do something about it. Most ingrown nails occur with toenails and usually it’s with the big toe. So if the ingrown toenail is bad enough, it will hurt when you walk or...

How to Fix Ingrown Toenails
Ingrown toenails suck. They’re painful. They are not easy to fix quickly. And did I mention they’re painful? But once you get one, you know you have to do something about it. Most ingrown nails occur with toenails and usually it’s with the big toe. So if the ingrown toenail is bad enough, it will hurt when you walk or put any significant pressure on the toe. So what is an ingrown toenail? If you’re never experienced this kind of pain, you’ve probably never had one. Basically, an ingrown toenail occurs when the corners of the nail curve and grow into the skin. If left untreated, it could cause infection and most definitely pain. Imagine a hard nail driving into your skin all day long and every time you put pressure on the nail it drives it into the skin even more. Ouch! So what causes ingrown toenails in the first place?

What Causes Ingrown Toenails:

There are several reasons. One reason is of course genetics. Your genes told your toenail to be too big. Or maybe your genes make your toenails unusually curved…thanks mom and dad! Then, there’s trauma. Toe stubbing can create injury to the nail and cause it to grow back differently. Or it’s possible to hurt your toenail so bad that it got black and blue and eventually fell off. When the new toenail grows back it can grow back differently from before. But the most common cause is wearing shoes that are too tight or cutting the toenails incorrectly. What causes ingrown toenails can be a variety of factors where some are in your control.  

How to Fix Ingrown Toenails:

There are several home remedies for ingrown toenails. But if none of these work, it may be time to get in touch with a specialist like a podiatrist to remove it for you. Fixing an ingrown toenail will require some patience as well as active management on your part. Here are some things you can try. How to Fix Ingrown Toenails - Foot Soak-First off, try soaking the ingrown nail in warm water for 15-20 minutes at least 3-4 times a day. This will reduce the swelling and pain. You can also try adding Epsom salt, tea tree oil or vinegar. Epsom salt can help reduce discomfort and loosen the skin away from the nail. Tea tree has disinfecting properties while vinegar has anti-fungal properties. -Then try using a small piece of cotton or some dental floss and place it under the corner of the nail in order to lift the nail away from the skin and help it grow above the skin rather than into the skin. You can use a tweezer to help you if you find it difficult to achieve. -Since the redness and swelling could lead to an infection, be sure to use an antibiotic ointment or cream on the area to kill the germs. Keep the toe bandaged. If it is already infected, you will need to get antibiotics from your doctor. One way to tell if it’s infected is if you see pus. Yuck. Don’t let your ingrown nail get this far! How to Fix Ingrown Toenails - Open Toed Shoes-Proper shoes are one of the main culprits of ingrown toenails so this one is very important. Wearing open-toed shoes that do not restrict the toes are preferable. This means avoiding high heels or pointed toed shoes. Also, wear the correct shoe size. Any shoes that crowd your toes will put extra pressure on the skin against the nail. Give your toes some breathing space! -Since ingrown nails can be painful while you are trying to fix it, be sure to take some pain relievers if necessary. Acetaminophen (Tylenol), ibuprofen (Advil, Motrin IB) or naproxen sodium (Aleve) are all good choices for temporary relief. Remember, pain relievers don’t actually get rid of the problem but they will help you get through it as you treat the nail. -Improper nail cutting is also a culprit. Instead of cutting the nails at the corners, cut nails straight across. When nails are cut at the corners, it encourages them to grow into the skin. This is exactly what you do NOT want. When you cut the nails straight across you are training them to grow straight and not curve inward. Use a nail clipper with a straight edge or if you have thick nails, use a nail nipper that helps to cut the nail straight across. It is also possible that you are cutting your nails too short. When they are cut too short, the pressure from shoes could cause the nail to grow into the skin. So let the nail grow out to the edge of the toe. [caption id="attachment_26732" align="alignleft" width="300"]How to Fix Ingrown Toenails - Seki Edge Satin Straight Clipper SS-108 Seki Edge Satin Straight Clipper SS-108[/caption] [caption id="attachment_26731" align="alignleft" width="300"]How to Fix Ingrown Toenails - Seki Edge Ingrown Nail Nipper SS-203 Seki Edge Ingrown Nail Nipper SS-203[/caption] One nail clipper that has a straight edge is the Seki Edge Satin Straight Clipper is a nail clipper. It has sharp cutting edges so you can cut straight across with clean cuts. For thick toenails, try the Seki Edge Ingrown Toenail Nipper to make small cuts across the top edge of the nail. Where most nail nipper jaws curve inward, these jaws curve outward so you’ll never end up cutting into the nail corners. Be sure to disinfect the nail tools with rubbing alcohol or hydrogen peroxide before using so you don’t inadvertently cause an infection. -Avoid any kind of high impact exercise that could aggravate the nail. Running and jumping will only make you feel it more. If you are feeling pain already, you probably don’t want to do this anyway, but it is always worth mentioning. -Lastly, eat a healthy diet with lots of fruits and vegetables. You need proper nutrition for your body to fight off any infection and encourage healing. Also, avoid smoking. With these suggestions on how to fix ingrown toenails, at least one or more should be helpful. It will take some time to relieve the issue, but with careful attention and management you should be able to at least get some relief. Home remedies for ingrown toenails are always the first step, but if none of these help, it’s time to see a professional.

JATAI

JATAI

JATAI provides innovative and professional quality beauty implements with world-class customer service and educational support. To offer great products as a master distributor, we seek out and select only manufacturers who demonstrate superior workmanship, the most advanced technology, and respected business core values of reliability, honesty and integrity. Accordingly, JATAI represents three major ‘workhorse’ brands that dominate within their categories. Feather, Seki Edge and Fuji Paper. JATAI Academy brings beauty tools to creative life. It’s the ultimate professional information resource where Education, Artistry and Trends CONNECT for Stylists and Barbers.

Preventing Shoulder and Upper Back Injuries for Hair Professionals

14 June 2021, By Tori Matt

While cutting hair can be stimulating for the mind, the profession can be rough on the body. Many hairstylists have developed an injury related to their job, often suffering from leg and back problems, as well as hand and arm stress.  You might think these aches and pains are just a part of a hard days work, but they can...

Preventing Shoulder and Upper Back Injuries for Hair Professionals
While cutting hair can be stimulating for the mind, the profession can be rough on the body. Many hairstylists have developed an injury related to their job, often suffering from leg and back problems, as well as hand and arm stress.  You might think these aches and pains are just a part of a hard days work, but they can become chronic and cause severe issues years from now.  Some of the commonly diagnosed conditions attributed to the job include Repetitive Strain Injury, Carpal Tunnel Syndrome, muscle and joint tightening and strain, and trapped nerves. For hairstylist Jenn In upper back pain is a chronic issue. "After working as a hairstylist for close to 20 years, I have a lot of aches and pains. By far the worst physical one is in my shoulder blades, aggravated by having my arms raised in front of me for most of the day," she says. "Every stylist I know has big knots in their upper back and shoulders, but this feels like a knot that just won’t go away." Sound familiar to you?  What if that pain in your upper back and shoulder blade area isn’t just a knot in the muscle, but instead a locked joint in the spine?  Many hairstylists and barbers experience locked ribs, known as a subluxation of the rib and adjacent vertebrae. In this case the rib forms an articulation within the spine that becomes stuck. Muscles can spasm and eventually fibrotic tissue will form causing this to be a chronic and/or recurring condition.  Having a rib “stuck” can also cause muscle tension around the joint, tightening in the trapezius and levator scapulae muscle across the back which in turn causes the neck muscles to tighten. The good news is you can oftentimes correct and prevent this common hairstyling injury.  Dr. Douglas Cole, a chiropractor based in Los Angeles, has treated a number of hairstylists and barbers who suffer from rib subluxation over the course of his 20 years experience.  His number one piece of advice: strengthen the muscles that surround the ribs to stabilize.  Here are five upper back and shoulder strengthening exercises you can do anytime and anywhere: SHOULDER PRESS (palms facing in)
 
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FRONT RAISE
REVERSE FLYS (these hits the back of the shoulder and back to help stabilize)
 
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Start by doing one set of 10 repetitions of each exercise without weight, taking 30-60 seconds rest between each exercise.  Eventually, as you gain muscle strength, work up to 3-5 sets and add resistance with a set of light dumbbells (2-3 pounds).  Don’t have dumbbells? Two cans of soup are great substitutes. Some additional simple tips to help include:
  • Keep your elbows tucked into your sides where possible.
  • Avoid hanging your neck by adjusting your client’s chair height. You can also bring yourself down by using a cutting stool which takes stress off your legs, back and core.
  • Check your body positioning in the mirror throughout the day to make sure your ears are over your shoulder.
  • Stretch your neck, arms, back and even your chest between clients. Wait, stretch your chest?! Yes. Pectoral muscles can get tight from holding your arms up in front of your body for long periods of time. Tight pectoral muscles pull your shoulders forward which can further aggravate shoulder and neck issues.  (A quick stretch for tight pecs? Stand in a doorway holding your arms up like a goal post on either side of the door jam and lightly lean forward.)
  • Breathe deeply to improve oxygen supply to the muscles.
  • Keep well hydrated.  This can help prevent the buildup of lactic acid in the muscles which can lead to soreness and tension.
Above all else, listen to your body and be kind and gentle with yourself.

Tori Matt

Tori Matt

Tori Matt is a Influencer Marketing and Public Relations professional who has specialized in the beauty industry for over a decade. She has worked with both Pro and Retail brands including Ardell Lashes, Bioelements skincare and China Glaze nail polish, blending her experience in marketing, digital and traditional PR, influencer relations, events and content production.

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Amanda Kimball - Hair Stylist
JATAI’S amazing online Academy allows you to get education at any time – totally when it’s convenient for you. It’s a great place to go if you are needing new techniques or refreshers. There are so many to pick from. I use it often to freshen up or learn something new.
Paul Vega - Master Barber, Stylist, International Educator
Jatai's Feather Razor is responsible for so many of the textured looks that I have achieved. It’s a tool that I teach with to so many hairdressers & students throughout the country.  You will find Jatai's Feather Razor in every Top Artist assembly of tools.  Respect to the Feather Razor!
Ana Grisi - Hair Stylist
Through the sites easily accessible Academy, I’ve been able to branch out on blade styles as well as learn quick and friendly tips on using my tools on my clients everyday needs behind the chair.
Ivan Zoot - Barber & Hair Stylist
As a content provider I am in great company at Jatai Academy online. It has become a place on the web where beauty and barber professionals can count on finding quality information from industry leaders.
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