5 Eczema Tips When Visiting the Salon
I remember the days when I didn’t have to overthink my appointments at the salon. I would just set up my appointment and head out. Now, with chronic eczema, I tend to have more steps in my routine which can become time-consuming. Lately, I go to the salon to get my hair done, nails, and eyebrows. I have gone to several places and have tried many to find the place that best suits my health needs. It is important to understand that not everyone will want to accommodate your needs, but there's a business that will.
For my hair appointments, I tend to go to a beauty school close to my home. I have noticed in these places, students are working towards their licensure and wanting to learn new hairstyles. I like to go to these places because I have noticed I tend to get great detailed service since they want to do their best job. Also, you can’t beat the prices as well. Usually, a haircut tends to run from $7-10 dollars!
As for my eyebrow esthetician, I found her on yelp because she was the person with the most positive reviews. She is very accommodating, caring and understanding. She always explains to me the process and after-care instructions. I never felt judged by her, even when my eczema would be at its worst.
Lastly is my nail salon, which I have been going to for years now. I love how it is a family-oriented place in which they make you feel at home. They are extremely friendly and willing to take the extra minutes to ask me about my concerns. I tend to get a pedicure most often with them. I think it is important to let them know that I have skin issues, so when it comes time to apply lotion, I ask them to skip out on that part or take my very own (if I remember to take it).
My tips for the salon
Here are five helpful tips when heading out to any kind of salon to help ease your anxiety:
- Always research the place you will be going to. I tend to use Yelp to see the reviews and understand how the facility is going to be. It is important to know what you are getting yourself into and read about people becoming accommodated during their visits.
- Call ahead to the salon and let them know a little bit about your skin condition or concerns. This way, you will be able to see if they will accommodate your needs/desires. This will also help to lessen your anxiety.
- Upon arrival, re-introduce yourself and explain your situation in person. This allows the person to get a better visual of what you will want during your appointment. Also, you can express your concerns about your health condition in which you don’t want to be questioned about during your session. This allows you to relax and not worry during the session when they ask about your skin condition.
- If you are going to get your hair done, you can talk to the stylist and let them know that you are more likely not to react to certain products. Also, talk about triggers in products so that they can look for alternatives. One thing I have done in the past is take my own shampoo and conditioner, which will allow your scalp not to flare.
- Last tip is don’t stress or feel like you are asking for too much. Many people are willing to accommodate your needs to give you the best service. If the salon isn’t willing to accommodate your needs, there will always be other places that will.
Feeling more relaxed at appointments
These are some tips I have been using myself to feel relaxed when I visit my stylists. An important part of healing is feeling good about ourselves and getting pampered once in a while. It took me a long time to find my favorite places. There was a lot of trial and error. Now, I can go to all these places without adding stress to my visit.
Let me know if you have any tips down below when going to a hair salon or any other kind of beauty app.
On an average day, how would you rate your level of anxiety related to atopic dermatitis?