What are persulfates? A week ago, it is likely that a large part of the population would have been unable to provide a precise answer. Nothing says it would be otherwise today, but some attentive tellers of the news may have noted the alert (1), launched Wednesday, June 12, about these hair discoloration products can cause allergies respiratory and cutaneous.
The health of hairdressers. The subject is not anecdotal. " Three in four report having at least one health problem Says a professional brochure. Working with your back curved, your head tilted, and your elbow raised with repetitive movements may promote back pain or musculoskeletal disorders (MSD). In addition, two in ten hairdressers indicate allergies related to the substances contained in the shampoos or the products of coloration, discoloration or permanent.
Discolorations harmful to hairdressers and customers
Very used products. In fact, 8 to 9% of clients ask for a permanent and 50% a color. This was found in a 2004 study that hairdresser group Of the Everest occupational health network in Brittany. This group made it a point of honor to precisely define each activity practiced in a salon. He noted, for example, that the principle of shampoo is " to eliminate the impurities without altering the natural fats of the hair ". Or that a permanent is " all the operations performed on a hair to obtain an artificial and durable curl of the hair ".
A precision that will not teach anything to the representatives of the fairer sex but may be a revelation for some individuals of the opposite sex, less experts of the hair thing or the function of curler. And whose only stake of the quarterly visit to a hairdresser resides in the reading of here is or in the exchange of meteorological considerations with the scissor.
But back to the health of hairdressers. And at the mental charge That sometimes weighs on them according to the hairdresser group of the Everest network which notes that work done may not match client's expectation ". " The causes may be a lack of definition or a misunderstanding of the demand but also a discrepancy between the idea that the customer had of the hairstyle of this or that personality applied to itself and the reality ", Says the study.
Customers in need of confidence
In a dissertation on sociology defended in 2017, Diane Desprat notes how much the profession has a strong emotional value. " The only work on the customers' bodies is not enough to define the profession. You have to be able to take care of the client both aesthetically and psychologically », She writes, noting that some hairdressers sometimes feel like they are turning into" psys "in the face of customers in need of privacy.
Customers who sometimes tend to " discharge »About the hairdressers the weight of their difficulties by telling them their intimate problems: infidelities of the spouse, death of certain members of the family, incurable disease, financial problems. " Professionals must listen to and support the client's outpourings while maintaining a passive role. But this emotional solicitation is sometimes difficult to contain and may eventually weaken "Says Diane Desprat, giving the floor to the owner of a provincial salon, exhausted at the end of his day" to have listened His clients. To the point of making a detour before going home. " Just to enjoy the silence. "
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