Local hairdresser's health tips for Tradies Health Month
YEARS in a trade can cause some pretty painful side-effects.
Allison Gott from Kingaroy's Studio J said one of the biggest concerns for a hairdresser was the long-term toll of countless hours on their feet.
"Most hairdressers have a terrible back and shoulders,” Ms Gott said.
"Your feet get really sore since you're on them all day, and it's common to get varicose veins too.”
Ms Gott said having good posture was the key to avoiding these problems.
"I know when I do my training with my learners, we're very big on posture,” she said.
"It's also about making sure that your cutting chairs are all very ergonomic.
"At our salon, they're all gas lifted, helping make sure we're not bending all day.”
Ms Gott said there were many workplace health and safety guidelines to help avoid risky activity.
"We're governed by workplace health and safety rules, so comfortable, closed-in work shoes are the standard,” she said.
"A lot of it is commonsense, but there are definite legislations in place to ensure that.”
While these guidelines are in place, Ms Gott said hairdressers needed to be conscious of methods that would make things easier for them.
"Be very careful about how you're bending,” she said.
"Your clients are there to be told what to do. Put their head where you need it, rather than bending the wrong way.”
Ms Gott said trainers or supervisors should be keeping an eye on their team, to make sure everybody was looking out for their health.
Ms Gott also said it was important for all trades workers to look after their body outside work in terms of seeing health professionals and getting massages and alignments regularly.