Repetitive strain, “carrying” heavy loads, and performing repetitive tasks are all in the work assignment of every salon worker. However, the quality of your salon furniture may either make work easier or harder than it needs to be.
This raises the question, why choose ergonomic furniture in a salon setting? First, it is vital to understand that "ergonomics" refers to the study of interactions between the elements of a system and humans. Simplified, it is about designing a space or salon furniture for efficiency and comfort in a work environment.
The question is, how do you apply the principles of ergonomics in a salon or barbershop?
What are the principles of ergonomics and how can you adapt them to your salon? Find out below!
Work in a neutral posture
We all know that floating arms or legs require muscular effort and that causes you to tire out faster. Consequently, the importance of purchasing salon furniture that allows workers to maintain a neutral posture while working is that it improves productivity. What that means is, you do not want you or your employees to bend too long or work in awkward postures. Instead, you want furniture items that minimize stress on the bones, nerves, tendons, and muscles.
On top of that, you do not want furniture that interferes with client blood circulation and posture.
That raises the question:
how do you pick an all-purpose ergonomic salon chair?
The factors to consider when picking salon chairs are:
- Adjustability: depending on the service you intend to use it for. The chair should be height adjustable, have a reclining feature and offer the client maximum comfort.
- Usability: purchase furniture that has straightforward instructions or is easy to use. You should also ensure that clean-up and maintenance of the item -is easy.
Also, where you position the chair matters. why?
where you place the chair must allow you or the stylist to stand up in an upright position while working. This serves to:
Minimise fatigue and excessive motions
The hardest part of working in a salon according to stylists is not being able to stop and nap when you need it. However, a breakroom is a luxury or a second thought for most owners.
If you have enough space and resources to create a break area for your stylist, you should. Why?
Mental health breaks are important in an environment where stylists must do the same procedures over and over in that:
- It creates or encourages a sense of unity.
- Stylists can learn from each other and exchange skills improving service delivery (promote innovation).
Ideally, what you want to create is a cosy backroom that stylists can use whenever necessary. We suggest getting a comfortable waiting room sofa, ottomans, and so on.
What is an ergonomic waiting room or breakroom sofa?
- The sofa must feature a backrest that helps the user maintain an upright posture.
- A comfortable firm sofa that does not pull on your pelvis or spine
If the sofa does not feature lumbar support, you should consider adding throw pillows or purchasing an ergonomic sofa that features lumbar support.
The point is, reduce stylist fatigue by providing a space for them to take breaks between jobs and invest in quality ergonomic salon furniture that allows stylists to work in an upright posture.
Keep everything in reach of the stylist
If stylists are sharing equipment, ensure that each shared item is within the reach of each stylist. That means: Invest in ergonomic styling stations.
- Can the stylist see the client's face while cutting hair?
- Are all the tools within reach?
- Does the stool feature a rolling swivel?
Asking the questions above is important because. One, a rolling swivel stool helps to prevent leg or feet aches. Two, keeping salon tools such as flat iron, hairdryers, curling irons, and so on within reach of the stylist will reduce strain and unnecessary movement. On top of that, it is a good idea to invest in ergonomic salon tools.
What are ergonomic salon tools?
These are tools designed to reduce the risk of injury or fatigue for people who perform repetitive tasks such as stylists. Such tools include features such as:
- Lightweight hand hairdryers, curling irons, and other portable salon tools are a must-have.
- A power grip, and a non-slip, non-conductive handle: the stylist's fingers when using the tool should work in conjunction with each other to maximize hand capacity.
- Little to no vibration: anti-vibration gloves may help, but it is easier to purchase tools that do not vibrate excessively.
- Shape, Length, and diameter: the size and shape of the tool affect compression. Therefore, not too big, and not too small.
A comfortable work environment
Overall, an ergonomic salon design creates a comfortable environment for everyone within that space. That means each stylist should have the right amount of space, the space should be optimized for flow, and most importantly, you should invest in ergonomic salon furniture.
What are the ergonomic recommendations of salon furniture?
Now that we have established that an ergonomic set up in a salon setting requires you to ensure that the salon furniture you purchase reduces the stress of joints, bones, and muscles, prioritize usability -in front of convenience and aesthetic, encourage work in a neutral posture, and the furniture should be easily adjustable to meet different needs. We must now ask the question:
What factors should you consider when selecting ergonomic salon furniture?
Durability, multi functionality, safety, and comfort are all vital considerations. However, when selecting ergonomic furniture. It is important to ask yourself If the item fits into your aesthetic. We are talking about brand style.
Your chosen brand style will elicit different emotions in your clients. Therefore, you must be clear on your brand's style while purchasing ergonomic salon furniture. The idea here is to ensure that the furniture items you select add to your brand. For instance, you may design your salon to feel luxurious, cost-efficient, friendly, sophisticated, and so on. Whatever style you choose, pick furnishings suitable for that style. We have an excellent guide on: "Luxury Salon Furniture and Interior Design," and a guide to "Mid-century Interior Design". So, if you are still working on your brand. Give those two posts a quick read for better clarification.
Here are our recommendations for ergonomic salon or barbershop furniture.
The Culture Excalibur is an ergonomic barber's chair that features an easy-to-use reclining feature, a headrest, and a 360 swivel. It also features a footrest and measures 100-120 cm. This height makes it perfect for a stylist or barber to work while standing and its mid-century design means that it will fit any setting.
What if the client is a child?
Cutting a child's hair will put a lot of strain on your back if you do not own the right chair.
Depending on the age and size of the child. We offer two recommendations. That is:
Keeping a small child inactive for say 10 minutes or more can be problematic if the child has nothing to do with his/her hands. The Barber Culture Pegasus is a child-size barber's chair that can help solve this problem. It features a pony head to keep the child's hands preoccupied as you work, and the height allows you to cut or style even the smallest child while standing upright. That means no more foot or leg pains.
Ergonomic salon chair
Unlike barber chairs, salon chairs often do not feature a headrest or footrest. This design allows the stylist to have 360-reach of the client's head. The Glammar logan, tony, and Avery are excellent ergonomic options because, the ergonomic low back design will fit any aesthetic, the cushioning is well balanced and enough to ensure maximum comfort, and the reclining functionality and height means that you can work on clients while standing upright.
What about a footrest?
For longer procedures, it is recommended that you provide a footrest for the client. Here are our recommendations.
Ergonomic styling stations
Keeping every tool and accessory close to the stylist is a vital component of an ergonomic setup. Depending on how much space you have, the ergonomic styling stations below will serve all your storage, and mirror hanging, or placement needs.
Ergonomic salon reception desks
if you have a full-time receptionist or door attendant, investing in an ergonomic reception desk will make his or her work easier. The rule here is, if you have a large space, then purchase a large reception desk and if you have a small space, buy a small desk.
We recommend the Glammar Dominican reception desk because of its simplistic style, ample leg space, and ergonomic design.
Quick take: what is the significance of ergonomics in a salon or barbershop?
Salon work is tedious and repetitive. Consequently, stylists and barbers continuously face mental and physical health problems stemming from furniture items that are hard to work with. For example, a barber's chair without height adjustability and reclining features will force the stylist to bend or perform his duties in an awkward position. This may lead to joint pain, back problems, and job dissatisfaction, which may impact productivity.
Therefore, investing in ergonomic furniture is important in that it makes salon work less stressful on the mind and body.
We suggest that you invest in ergonomically engineered salon tools, ergonomic salon furniture, and if possible, create a break room for your stylist to break the monotony of performing repetitive tasks.