They listen to us gasbag for hours on end, they’re on their feet all day every day and their hands are constantly covered in all manner of chemicals. But if you really needed further proof that hairdressing is a bloody tough gig, this viral image should be enough to convince you.
British masseuse and reiki practitioner, Hitesh Patel, has taken to Facebook to share confronting images of a hairdresser’s unaligned spine thanks to constantly leaning over and around their clients’ heads.
“The joys of being a hairdresser!” he wrote in the post, which has now been shared over 19,000 times.
“Because you're spending hours standing on your feet rotated forward, whilst holding brush in one hand and a hairdryer in the other angle over your clients’ head for hours and hours.”
“Your muscles develop and stop holding your skeletal system in an unnatural off central position. So then when you finally do you put down your crimping equipment, and try and sit down and a natural neutral position it just doesn't work.”
The red markings on the woman’s back, which show her spine curving unnaturally to the left, are a result of Gua Sha. This is a traditional Chinese treatment that is said to reset your muscles and realign your body by scraping the skin with a smooth-edged instrument to stimulate the microcirculation of the soft tissue, increasing blood flow.
“To reset your muscles we need to gua sha all the scar tissue and then pin and stretch your muscles and then re-align your spine so when you do you do your yoga exercises it has a greater effect,” Hitesh continued.
“Next time you look at your hairdresser and think they have an easy life, think of these pictures and see how much they sacrifice their own health just so your hair can look good!”