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Self-Care for Beauty Pros

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Many lash artists are natural givers who tend to put the needs of clients and loved ones ahead of their own. With the busy holidays upon us, take these steps to ensure you will actually have energy left to enjoy the season.

STEP 1. Create Boundaries

The holidays generate increased interest from new clients, and regular clients usually want to come in more frequently. Make sure you clearly define your schedule and stick to it! If Oprah, Charlize Theron or some other dream client happens to call, you can make an exception.

STEP 2. Take Care of Your Body

Lashing clients back to back takes a physical toll. Beyond eating right and staying hydrated, schedule some extra pampering experiences, such as massage, acupuncture and yoga. Even if you already do these things, do more of them during the holidays.

STEP 3. Feed Your Mind and Soul

Constant lashing involves an incredible transfer of energy; it can be emotionally draining. Replenish that emotional energy with fulfi lling activities—art, music, culinary expression, meditation and other grounding therapies—that involve all of your senses. Recently, I tried a sensorydeprivation fl oat tank, and I can’t rave about it enough! It was a total mind and body reset.

STEP 4. Delegate

If you normally do your own housekeeping, now is a great time to hire someone to help with those chores. Is there a supermarket delivery service near you? Having groceries and supplies delivered can easily save you some schlepping and time. What else can you delegate to make your life easier?

STEP 5. Allow Yourself

It can be a struggle to take some “me time” without feeling guilty, especially when your to-do list is a mile long. I encourage you to indulge in a guilt-free time-out, be it 15 minutes or two hours. Take a moment to ask yourself what you feel you need most, and give in to it.

—Ria Hountas-Hart, BSN, RN, certified lash artist and owner of Lashtique in New York, New York, and Greenvale, New York