Managing Anxiety in the workplace

I have returned to cutting hair as a profession after about 3 years. I have been a license cosmetologist for 12 years and during this time I only have been cutting professionally for about 8 years. After trying other careers outside of the salon environment, I had decided to come back to cutting hair.

Like anything else, there will be some anxiety to starting something new. And because the trends and hair cutting techniques are always improving and changing, there will be another learning curve.

What causes my anxiety

Currently, the things that cause my anxiety at work are zero fades and hair that have tight curls because of the blending that

needs to happen in the fade haircuts.

I am slowly getting better.

But no two haircuts are exactly the same.

No two people have the same head shape.

And hair textures are different on everyone.

I am not 100 percent confident in my blending.

I can only blend certain types of head shapes and hair textures as of right now.

I am getting more comfortable each time I do a haircut and I also try to take my time.

Don’t be embarrassed

When it comes to my anxiety in the workplace, especially in the salon setting, there is one thing that I do.

I ask for help from coworkers.

I am definitely not embarrassed about asking for help because I’m still the newbie.

Although I have had my license longer that most of my colleagues, it doesn’t mean my skills have kept up.

It also doesn’t mean that I am a better hair cutting technician because I have had my license longer.

If you know right away when you have an issue during a hair cut, please stop, let your client know that you will return shortly

and then ask someone for help, even if they are in the middle of a hair cut too.

Only do this if there is no one else to assist you.

At this point, I don’t care what the client thinks of me, I don’t want them walking out with a bad haircut.

I put my pride away and ask for help.

Ask for help

All of my co-workers have helped me at least once since I have started cutting hair.

I feel fortunate enough to work in a team environment that allows me to be comfortable to ask for help.

Like I said, don’t be embarrassed to ask for help even though you have had prior experience.

I have also noticed in the past, when working with older individuals,

that they do not like to ask for help or do not seem approachable to ask help from.

If your work in a place where there are constant walk-ins, you will come across difficultly if you do not ask for help.

It is another story if you already have a client-base because you are familiar with your clients’ hair.

But since I currently work in a franchise salon that only accepts walk-ins, I never know who is going to walk in.

The beauty and health industry is ever-evolving, nothing stays the same or there are different variations of similar style.

There is always something to learn. Be open to learning.

No one is perfect

I will never be perfect in anything especially in cutting hair.

I will always ask for help.

I will always be constantly learning and applying that knowledge.

Anxiety comes and goes and it all depends on how you respond to it.

Are you going to ignore that dark patch and pretend its blended, or are you going to ask for help?


I think the biggest take away from this article is to have a student mindset and think of the client first.

Put your pride to the side and ask for help when you see a difficult area in your haircut.

Make sure the client leaves with a decent haircut.

Manage your hair cutting anxiety by asking for help and learning from that help.

You will be a better hair cutting professional because of it.

The client will appreciate that you received assistance and mostly likely will come back to your salon.

And if you continue to ask for help and its becoming an issue in your salon, take some fading classes.

Get private training if you have to.

Ask friends to get a free haircut from you.

When it comes to hair cutting, practice is key to your improvement and success.