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How to recognise burnout – and what to do if you have it

by HSA Admin • January 21, 2021

The hair and beauty industry is fast-paced, physically strenuous, and requires an extremely high level of emotional care and empathy. So it’s no surprise more hair stylists than ever are coming to us feeling mentally exhaustedand frustrated. Our mental health and our jobs are strongly linked – if you’re struggling at work, it can lead […]


COVID restrictions ease in VIC

by HSA Admin • December 7, 2020

COVID-19 restrictions loosened across Victoria last night, as part of a new “COVIDSafe Summer” announced by the Government. These restrictions are set to be in place throughout the summer, and include relaxations on masks, decreased social distancing, and greater travel. Masks are only required: on public transport, in rideshare vehicles and taxis, in some retail […]


Mythbusting Paid Parental Leave

by HSA Admin • November 9, 2020

Last week, we talked about your rights when it comes to unpaid parental leave. But most Australian workers are also eligible for paid parental leave, which is 18 weeks of the national minimum wage. In order to claim paid parental leave, you need to: be the primary carer of a newborn or newly-adopted child have […]


3 things to look out for in a flat-rate contract

by HSA Admin • October 23, 2020

Have you ever worked in a salon which had a great hourly rate on the surface, but when you start to dig deeper isn’t such a good deal after all? The Hair and Beauty Award is the minimum you can be paid as a trained industry professional, and has heaps of different rates, allowances, and […]


What you need to know about contracts and sole traders

by HSA Admin • October 2, 2020

We know a lot of senior stylists are ready to spread their wings, but starting a fully-fledged all on your own business is a serious commitment.  Becoming a sole trader seems perfect, right? You get to make your own rules and hours, look after your clientele, and be your own boss, without the commitment of managing staff or running […]


How one stylist tackled workplace bullying

by HSA Admin • September 18, 2020

We’ve talked a lot about bullying at HSA – what it looks like in your salon, some tips to manage it, and the warning signs of toxic workplace culture. Recently we chatted with HSA Ambassador Lily about what happened in her workplace, and the steps she took to try and stop it. When Lily started […]


Time to rebuild: Nicole’s open letter to the industry

by HSA Admin • September 4, 2020

As a hair stylist, it can feel like we’re taking care of everyone EXCEPT ourselves. From day one of our apprenticeship, many of us are thrown in head-first into the industry, and it feels like we never get the chance to just slow down. Our HSA ambassador, Nicole, has been the industry for over thirty […]


New Beginnings: Jess shares her apprenticeship story

by HSA Admin • August 28, 2020

What do you do if you’re in an apprenticeship, but falling behind? We recently spoke to Jess, who managed to turn her difficult apprenticeship around with the help of HSA, and is sharing her story in the hopes it will inspire others. “It was fine – at the start,” Jess says. “She was professional and […]


5 ways to fight workplace bullying

by HSA Admin • August 22, 2020

Previously, we’ve talked about the warning signs of bullying, and of toxic workplace culture, too. But how can we actually stop bullying in the workplace, if we see it or if it happens to us? At HSA, we’re all about making change, and we know that change starts from the ground up, which is why […]


New research tackles the emotional labour of hair styling

by HSA Admin • August 14, 2020

At HSA, we talk a lot about mental health and well-being, and the emotional workload that just gets accepted as part of the job. For a lot of our clients, they’re dealing with issues at home, like family violence, mental health, that they can’t tell their friends or workmates — so they tell us, their […]



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