Beauty Link - Volume 1, Issue 2 - (Page 18)

Q | feat ure | R A m be r Mortense n , Ed i t o r i a l Di r ec t o r , A A C S racticing cosmetology can put a lot of wear and tear on your body as you continuously open and close shears, twirl hair with brushes as you blow dry and stand for long periods of time. The stress on your body caused by these repetitive movements can lead to fatigue as well as more serious conditions such as arthritis, carpal tunnel syndrome and thoracic outlet syndrome. Ergonomics is the study of human capabilities with regard to the demands of work, and it reveals ways to reduce or eliminate unnecessary postures and movements that cause friction on the body. Where can you start? Identify the risks in your daily routine, and take steps to alleviate the stresses on your body. With cutting you should have good posture, shoulders should be relaxed, wrist straight and elbows lowered and in towards your body. Shear design makes a huge difference. Ergonomically designed shears allow you to work in more natural, less straining positions. Concerning brushes, you want to make sure that there is a wide enough grip so you don’t have to collapse your hand too much. You also want a brush that has a tactile surface (like rubber) on the handle that will prevent you from having to hold onto it too tightly. Mark Wright with Via San Francisco has focused on ergonomics since he studied it in college. Mark says one simple thing that you can do is take advantage of the hydraulics in salon chairs. “Many stylists adjust the chair when their client first sits down, and then they don’t touch it again until the next client,” Mark said. You shouldn’t reach up to work on the top of the client’s head or hunch over to reach a lower section. Continually adjust your chair depending on what you are doing. Mark also suggests that you keep frequently used tools and materials within easy reach to avoid bending or straining. This is where tool belts come in handy. Gary Gerard, world-renowned stylist and advanced haircutting educator, has been an advocate for ergonomics for many years. “A good exercise to do before you begin your day is to stretch, bend and twist your wrist using your opposite hand to apply slight pressure, which exercises the tendon and will also help prevent carpal tunnel syndrome,” Gary explains. For more information, be sure to see Gary’s presentation on ergonomics at the CEA Convention in Las Vegas on July 11, 2009. “The Doves Studio” Santa Monica, CA For years, shampoo stations were only available as wall-mounted bulkheads. This made the stylists reach from the side to shampoo. With new backwash units, stylists can stand behind and prevent back strain. 18 | B EA U TY LIN K | T O O LS O F T HE T RADE 2 0 0 9

Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Beauty Link - Volume 1, Issue 2

Beauty Link - Volume 1, Issue 2
Message from the AACS President and CEA Chair
The Workings of Washington
The Ergonomics of Cosmetology
Creating the Perfect Brow
Smart Technology
Is Your Web Site Hooking Visitors?
And Then There's Compliance
Voices from the Classroom
Marketing to Male Clientele
Lasers in the Esthetics Industry: Past, Present and Future
Unemployment’s Influence
2009 AACS Select Industry Partners
The Less Common Road
Candid Cameras
Regulatory Issues
CEA Convention
Early Warning Indicators
Beauty Schools 101
Multicultural Corner
Upcoming Events
New Products & Services
People & Places
2009 AACS Spring Management Conference
New School Member Profile
Look Who's Reading
Index to Advertisers

Beauty Link - Volume 1, Issue 2