Few professions involve more consistent and intense hand use than Hairstylists, Barbers and Beauticians. All the gripping, twisting, clipping, combing and brushing for hour after hour, day after day, puts a lot of strain on the body. It can be brutal on the fingers, hands, wrists and forearms. Gripping a hair blower and a curling iron at the same time with each hand can be one of the most challenging maneuvers for the hands and wrists.
Not surprisingly, all this abuse, year after year, leads to one of the highest incidences of Carpal Tunnel Syndrome among professions.
For the hair professional dealing with Carpal Tunnel presents some unique challenges.
The common symptoms of CTS are: hand numbness, loss of fine motor control, loss of feeling and sensitivity in the fingers, weak grip strength and regularly dropping objects.
These beauty technicians love their craft. There is probably nothing more embarrassing than dropping a hair blower, a curling iron or a brush for the hair professional. It can deal a blow to one’s credibility. Losing control of one’s hands and fingers can be depressing and affect self-esteem.