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  • Here are a few natural ways to promote facial hair growth. How to help your facial hair grow

    Barbering school will teach you all about what it takes to become a barber, including hair​ styling and cutting, facial hair shaving and even the anatomy and physiology behind hair and its growth. While you will be responsible for cutting and shaving men's hair and facial hair, you'll also often be asked how to make hair and facial hair grow thicker and faster. Many men want to grow beards but find they grow in sparse or patchy, but there are a few natural ways to promote better and healthier hair growth. Here are a few ways to promote better facial hair growth:

    Eat the right nutrients
    There are several vitamins and nutrients that can help with facial hair growth if they're included in a person's diet. Since hair is largely made up of protein, you should make sure to eat high-protein foods. Biotin, which is naturally found in nuts and egg yolks, can also help promote hair growth, along with vitamins A and E which can be found in beans, leafy greens and other produce. 

    Less stress, more sleep
    Ever heard someone say they're losing hair over stress? Well, stress actually can suppress hair growth since it greatly affects the immune system. Focus on reducing stress, and try to get enough sleep each night. Sleep has many natural restorative benefits and can help hair grow a little faster.

    Take care of your beard
    Like the hair on your head, keeping facial hair healthy and regularly trimmed will help it grow at a faster rate. If the skin underneath your facial hair is dry, flaky or dirty, it could prevent or slow hair growth, so be sure to moisturize and clean your face and beard daily. 

    Give it some time
    Beards and mustaches can take a long time to fully grow in, so don't expect it to be thick and long right away. If you're the type who shaves everything off if it's not looking right after a few weeks, consider waiting a few months instead. Your beard will likely begin to fill in a little more as it grows. If it's patchy at first, you may want to consider using products that can help fill in sparse spots and create the illusion of thicker hair.

    Wait a few years
    Facial hair often fills out as men grow older, which means if you're in your 20s, you may have to wait a few years to really start seeing a fuller look. In the meantime, try eating right and staying healthy. 

    Work with your natural growth
    Everyone's hair is different, and that includes facial hair. Hair growth can be affected by uncontrollable factors, like race and heredity, so you may not be able to grow the exact same beard as another person. It's important to accept your hair and work with it. If the hair on your chin is great, but the rest of your face is more sparse you can still go for a goatee!

  • Understanding your clients boundaries is an important part of massage therapy. Massage therapy: Working with sensitivity and boundaries

    Massage therapy schools will teach you various professional massage methods and practices, but they'll also cover the importance of understanding the boundaries and sensitivities of the individuals you treat. This is a very important part of massage therapy because the nature of the job involves becoming up close and personal with those you're working on, which can be uncomfortable for some people. There are several different types of boundaries you should be aware of as a massage therapist in order to keep your clients feeling safe and respected. Here's a guide for understanding these boundaries as a massage therapist:

    Professional boundaries
    Massage therapy is more than just a health and wellness service – it's a career. Professional boundaries go both ways in a therapist-client relationship. The client should be respectful of the therapist's time, business practices and costs, while the therapist should dress and act professionally, and treat the therapy sessions as a job. Massage therapists should have policies and guidelines in place to implement their own professional boundaries, which are typically specified in an intake form that new clients can sign. 

    Physical boundaries
    It's perhaps most important for massage therapists to be sensitive to a person's physical boundaries. Becoming too physical too fast can quickly make a client uncomfortable and tense, making them difficult to treat properly. It's important to prepare new clients for what the session will entail, and to respect any boundaries they request. Some may be uncomfortable undressing completely, for instance, which is a personal boundary you'll have to work around. It's important to also understand that some clients may inappropriately cross the line of your own physical boundaries. Having written policies against this kind of behavior will ensure you're able to protect yourself from clients who become too physical.

    Emotional boundaries
    Because massage is an intimate form of therapy, many clients feel comfortable sharing personal information with their therapists, or want to become friends. Emotional and professional boundaries often go hand in hand, since keeping an emotional distance from clients generally leads to a more professional relationship overall. Massage is also often used as a means to decrease anxiety and stress levels, which means it's important for therapists to understand their clients' emotional states. For patients with severe emotional issues, it may be best for therapists to recommend they check with their doctor for an alternative form of care. 

    Therapists may also find themselves dealing with social and intellectual boundaries depending on the clients they're treating. Written policies that protect both yourself and your clients will ensure you have clear and professional boundaries in place. 

  • Ask these five questions to give your clients a great haircut. Becoming a barber: Top 5 questions to ask before working on a client

    If you're considering barbering school, you probably know that learning how to communicate with clients is just as important as giving a great haircut. Good communication at the beginning of an appointment will ensure the client leaves happy and confident. On the other hand, not gaining a full understanding of what a client wants can lead to a bad haircut and less business in the future. To make sure you keep clients happy and returning, ask these five questions at the beginning of a barber appointment: 

    1. Can I see a picture? 
    Communicating with clients about what they want can be tricky because many don't know how to convey it precisely. They say a picture is worth a thousand words, and never is that more true than at a barbering appointment. When clients call to schedule a cut, ask them to bring in a picture of the hairstyle they're going for. A picture of their own hair after a good cut will be the most helpful, but even a photo of a celebrity can help you understand what a client wants. If they did not bring a picture, let them browse through your style book.

    2. What length and shape do you prefer?
    Help clients give you as exact a length as they can, in inches. Demonstrate with their own hair how much that means you'll be taking off, and make sure that's OK. Depending on the length, the shape of the cut becomes very important as well. Do they want a tapered cut which becomes shorter as it nears the neck? If they'd like to keep their hair longer, do they want layers to add some movement and style? 

    3. How do you want … ?
    Get detailed with your clients before starting a haircut. There are several aspects of the haircut they may not think about, which will be important to the overall style. Ask how they want the neckline to be cut for shorter styles. Determine what they want around their ears: Do they like their natural arches, or would they prefer slightly higher ones? Also, make sure to ask how they like their sideburns to be styled. 

    4. What is your lifestyle like?
    Clients won't always have you around to style their hair for them, so it's worth knowing what their lifestyle is like before giving them a haircut. Are they prepared to use products and put in the effort for a high-maintenance style? If so, make sure to spend time at the end of the appointment going over some tips for styling their new 'do. If not, it may be best to suggest a style that requires less maintenance. 

    5. May I make a few suggestions?
    Some clients may be able to give you a very clear idea of what they want whether they use a picture or not. In the end, though, you're the professional. Everyone's hair is different, and styles can look different based on head shape and face as well. If your client really wants a style that won't really look like what they're envisioning, ask politely if you can make some suggestions. Try to keep their wants in mind, but offer small changes that will enhance the style. It's best to do this at the beginning of an appointment so the client isn't unpleasantly surprised at the cut they receive. 

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