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  • Blog author Kiara Smith shows off five different hair styles from her salon visits.

    Hair Stylist or Hair Therapist? Finding Stress Relief at a Hair Salon

    Kiara Smith

    Having a bad day or feeling stressed? Why not take a trip to the hair salon? A new hair style could be just the “pick me up” you need. College students can always use a way to unwind from the stress of their classes and exams. Popular options are working out, meditating, socializing with friends, or treating yourself at a local coffee shop. Who needs an iced coffee when you could just get a new hairdo?!

    A 2-for-1 deal

    Hair stylists should be celebrated for their great works. They often double as both a beautician and a therapist – it’s a 2-for-1 deal! They not only cater to the needs of your hair but also to your soul. In fact, getting your hair done can be very therapeutic. On those days when it feels like whatever could go wrong, does go wrong, a visit to the hair salon can leave you feeling renewed.

    A listening ear

    When you close your eyes and lay your head back to get washed, it is like all your problems have vanished. You take a deep inhale, exhale, and release the weight of the world that was on your shoulders when you walked through the door. The appointment progresses, you engage in conversation, your stylist works their magic, In the process, they are the listening ear you have been needing. Then there is a big reveal. You leave not only less stressed, but also as a happy customer with a newfound confidence.

    With so much going on today, college students need to find ways to destress and rejuvenate themselves. As you can see, visiting a hair salon is one of my favorite ways to unwind. Take some well-deserved time for yourself and schedule a hair appointment to relax and refresh.

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    Get ready for Mani Monday!

    Kiara Smith

    You may think to yourself, what is ‘Mani Monday’? Is ‘Mani Monday’ every Monday? And if you think like me, ‘Will there be a special discount or giveaway if I take a trip to the nail salon on Monday?”  Unfortunately, ‘Mani Monday’ is not every Monday and whether there will be discounts or giveaways is solely left up to the nail salon of your choice. However, June 1st, which happens to be on a Monday this year, has been deemed ‘National Nail Polish Day’. Although your everyday life may not be perfect, who says your nails cannot be? Mondays are usually dreaded, but you can brighten the day by treating yourself with a trip to the salon. The nail salon can relieve stress, cure a case of the blues, and so much more.

    A New Meaning

    Due to our current world pandemic, I am not sure what will become of ‘Mani Monday’ this year. Perhaps, more people will be showing off their freshly painted nails and toes that they did themselves. With an abundance of newfound time, people have taken up new hobbies to keep them occupied while in quarantine. Painting nails is a hobby on many lists. People can no longer run to the salon for their every nail desire. What is the solution? Paint your own! 

    Always Learning

    Internet sources can be a great way to teach you the skills needed to create salon-like masterpieces. You may even choose to continue to do your own nails after this pandemic has ended. During this time, you have an opportunity to pick up a new skill set and help save money at the same time. Who knows! You may even be able to turn your new hobby into a business endeavor and change a personal expense to a revenue.

    Maintaining Creativity

    Throughout this unprecedented time, a spa day can be very important for one’s mental health. Activities like painting nails allows people to exhibit creativity and control in a chaotic time. Whether participating in ‘Mani Monday’ or making music, it is important to find a creative outlet where you can release stress.