#demandrespect

“You could come to my room and I’d lock you in” Hair stylist shares her story

by HSA Admin • April 7, 2021

Many hair stylists are subject to unacceptable levels of bullying and harassment, and often feel as though there is no support when they need help. Today, we’re sharing a story from one of our members, told in her own words, after she was sexually harassed by a client at work. – I had been working […]


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 […]


How to identify a bully in your salon

by HSA Admin • August 7, 2020

Workplace bullying is a MASSIVE problem, and not just in the hair and beauty industry. Nearly 3/4 of workers will be bullied at some point in their lives, and it’s one of the main reasons why people choose to switch jobs. At HSA, we’re on a mission to end workplace bullying and to change the […]


Speaking out: Lily’s Story

by HSA Admin • June 26, 2020

It can be really hard to find the courage to speak out when you know something is wrong. But for our ambassador Lily, she’s always stuck up for herself and her co-workers, and she’s on a mission to help other hair and beauty workers to find their voice.  Lily’s story with HSA began when she […]


Making Dreams a reality – Rachael’s Story

by HSA Admin • May 29, 2020

What do you do when your dream job turns into a nightmare? Do you back out before you get hurt, or do you hang in there and try to make a change? HSA Ambassador Rachael was one of the many young apprentices told they would enter a glamorous, lucrative career in the hair and beauty […]


Standing up: what to do if your rights aren’t respected

by HSA Admin • May 4, 2020

With all the different rules and restrictions, stand-downs and closures across the industry, we’re seeing a number of employers who aren’t doing the right thing and withholding pay or entitlements from their workers. If you’re concerned that you’re not receiving everything you’re owed, what can you do? HSA spoke to one of our ambassadors, Joel, […]


Fighting Bullying with HSA – Adrienne shares her story

by HSA Admin • February 21, 2020

Ever worked in a salon, realised it was toxic and unhealthy, left for another salon… only to find that they were toxic and unhealthy too? It becomes a vicious, exhausting cycle and it can make working in hair and beauty really bleak. So what can we do to fix this? One of the founders of […]


Seeking Justice – Liz Shares her Story

by HSA Admin • January 17, 2020

Far too many young men and women are afraid to speak up in case their complaints come back to bite them. What can you do when you speak out about exploitation in your workplace and the salon turns against you? Our HSA Ambassador Liz did report her employer’s illegal behaviour, and when the situation got […]


HSA wins penalty rates case with FWC!

by HSA Admin • January 10, 2020

In a massive win for HSA, the Fair Work Commission has rejected Hair and Beauty Australia’s (HABA) bid to slash penalty rates for hair and beauty workers. HSA, with the support of the SDA and AWU, have been fighting the case for two years. HABA pushed for penalty rates to decrease from 200% to 150% […]


Rising above harassment – Joel shares his story

by HSA Admin • December 19, 2019

Many apprentices in the Hair and Beauty industry come straight from high school onto the salon floor – or even leave before they finish Year 12. These young men and women without experience in the workforce, or in adult situations, need an extra duty of care that often just isn’t given to them. One of […]



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