Health and Safety

“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 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 […]


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 […]


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 […]


Staying safe as a barber in COVID-19

by HSA Admin • July 31, 2020

Has anyone been overloaded with info on how to operate safely, but isn’t really sure how it works on the salon floor? We spoke to Nathan, a barber and HSA Ambassador, who works in Melbourne, where restrictions have closed the industry for six weeks. Nathan wants to share his experience with barbers in Regional Victoria […]


New COVID-19 Restrictions for Metro Melbourne

by HSA Admin • July 20, 2020

The Vic Government has made wearing covering (masks) mandatory in Metro Melbourne and the Mitchell shire from this Thursday morning. HSA has reviewed the Victorian government advice and sought clarity from WorksafeVic, to provide the following COVID-19 advice.  All hair stylists, beauticians and barbers in all of Victoria should wear a mask at work at all times […]


How one salon stayed open during COVID-19

by HSA Admin • May 15, 2020

COVID-19 is without question biggest struggle the Australian hair and beauty industry has had to face. Salons in metropolitan areas, quiet suburbs, and tiny remote communities have all been affected. For HSA Ambassador and Ethical Salon owner Vanessa, the danger really hit home when two cases were confirmed in her small Queensland town. Immediately, she […]


What does the Coronavirus outbreak mean for me and my workplace?

by HSA Admin • March 23, 2020

We know that coronavirus (COVID-19) has thrown up a lot of uncertainty around who is able to work, what is operating, what support you have, and what happens if your workplace is shut down. At HSA, our number-one priority is the health, safety and wellbeing of our members, making sure you are in a safe […]


Your Health and Safety Rights on COVID-19

by HSA Admin • March 19, 2020

The outbreak of coronavirus has changed the face of work in Australia, and for industries like hair and beauty, where we work with clients and get up close and personal, we need to be sure of our workplace rights, and what to do if they’re being ignored. Here are some health and safety guidelines you […]



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