The holiday season is an exciting time for hair stylists and beauty pros.

But… it can also be physically and mentally draining without the right amount of “me time” sprinkled in.

As you work hard to handle last-minute appointments, market holiday deals, and boost revenue during this bustling time of year, it’s important to prioritize your well-being as well. 

That’s where a healthy amount of self-care comes in.

In this blog, we’ll share effective self-care tips — specifically tailored for hair stylists and beauty pros during the busy holiday season.

Plus, we’ll highlight how utilizing a scheduling app, like Schedulicity, can help you better manage your time more efficiently.

7 Holiday Self-Care Tips for Busy Hair Stylists & Salon Owners

  1. Prioritize Time for Yourself
  2. Share Responsibilities When You Can
  3. Set Realistic Goals & Boundaries
  4. Try Stress-Relief Techniques
  5. Eat Healthy & Stay Hydrated
  6. Get Plenty of Sleep
  7. Utilize a Scheduling App

1. Prioritize Time for Yourself

One of the most important self-care tips for hair stylists and salon owners during the holiday season is to prioritize time for yourself.

It’s easy to get caught up in the demands of clients and neglect that much-needed “me time.” 

Schedule blocks of time each day dedicated solely to self-care activities such as meditation, exercise, enjoying hobbies, or just watch one of your favorite movies to relax.

Making time for yourself will help rejuvenate your energy and prevent burnout.

Pro Tip: Speaking of scheduling blocks of time… Schedulicity has built-in personal time blocks you can add to your appointment calendar, ensuring clients aren’t able to book that time and you get the rest you need.

2. Share Responsibilities When You Can

The holiday season can be a stressful time for salon owners and beauty pros

To alleviate some of the stress, consider delegating tasks and sharing responsibilities with employees or coworkers.

If you can, assign specific tasks such as managing inventory, scheduling appointments, or handling client inquiries, to fellow employees or front-desk staff

This will free up a little more time for self-care.

3. Set Realistic Goals & Boundaries

This one can be a tough one. Hair stylists and salon owners often work a little too hard, striving to exceed client expectations and make their experience perfect

That’s why it’s so important to set realistic business goals and boundaries during the holiday season to avoid burnout. 

Take the time to prioritize tasks and understand that you can’t do it all. Establish boundaries with clients by communicating clear policies regarding bookings, cancellations, and rescheduling. 

Taking these simple steps will help manage expectations and reduce last-minute stress.

4. Try Some Stress-Relief Techniques

Stress can easily build up during the holiday season, leading to more stress and more stress, and, eventually, burnout. 

Incorporate simple, effective practices into your routine, such as deep breathing exercises, yoga, or journaling. 

Giving yourself little breaks throughout the day to practice these techniques will help relieve tension and maintain a calmer mindset.

5. Practice Mindful Eating and Stay Hydrated

With the hustle and bustle of family parties and work parties, it’s essential not to neglect your nutritional needs. 

Here are two simple ways to stay healthier around the holidays:

  • Try to avoid excessive sugary treats — trust us, we know this one’s a toughie! 🙂— and prioritize healthy food choices. 
  • Make it a habit to stay hydrated throughout the day, as hydration is crucial to maintaining focus and productivity.

6. Get Plenty of Sleep

The holiday season often brings late nights — due to extended salon hours and social obligations. 

While it’s that time of year, getting sufficient sleep is crucial for your overall well-being and functioning. 

Aim for seven to eight hours of quality sleep each night to allow your body to rest and rejuvenate. 

With enough sleep, you’ll feel more refreshed, focused, and ready to tackle the demands of the holiday season.

7. Utilize a Scheduling App to Manage Time Efficiently

Lastly, a scheduling app like Schedulicity can be a game-changer when it comes to managing your time and schedule during the holiday season. 

Scheduling apps allow you to streamline your appointment bookings, manage cancellations and rescheduling, and view your appointments at a glance.

Some scheduling apps even give you the tools to manage your email marketing, so you can communicate with your clients about holiday hours or special holiday offerings.

(Schedulicity has built-in email marketing to help you communicate with clients. 😉)

By utilizing a scheduling app, you can reduce administrative stress and allocate more time to self-care and relaxation — which is so important during this busy time of year.