Barber Eile meets Barbereile!

July 19, 2012

Long ago, in a galaxy far away, there was a girl looking for a catchy blog name... something about barbering... something witty... when inspiration struck! And the blog you are looking at was born!
However, like any good, mildly curiously narcissistic person... she later on went to Google herself only to find out that halfway across the country another person (presumably of similar world-shattering genius and creativity) had also stumbled upon the same name at some point. Yup, down in Tralee there is a barbershop with the same name as myself! (For those of you who don't get the pun in my name have a look at my "About Me" section ).
Now I had long ago forgotten where my barbershop doppleganger was located, but whilst holidaying in Kerry this week my boyfriend surprised me by driving by it and asking me if I wanted to have a look in! Of course I did! There was just one friendly lady inside working away but I asked her if she would mind if I took a few photos of my blog so I could show you all. She said no problem provided she wasn't in them (and the customer in her chair joked that I should make sure I didn't get him as he was meant to be somewhere else at work at the time!). So here you have it, a little peak into the other Barbereile here!
The shop front. Nothing too fancy, nice and local.

The interior. Look at that gorgeous stone wall with the fireplace - And those fantastic huge wooden mirrors!
And I just had to take a shot of this cheeky chappy! He's such a wonderful touch, a friendly dog by the fireplace welcoming in the customers.

So there you have it. I'd suggest for anyone in Tralee to pop in - tell them Barber Eile sent you!

- BE


Dermatitis - a serious concern for barbers

July 11, 2012

I'm going to get a bit scientific on you all for a minute but I feel this is worth writing about as studies show that roughly 70% of people working in the hair care sectors are effected by a skin condition as a result of their job. (I'll skip adding all my references and what not - I'm sure you're not grading me! But this is something I have thoroughly researched and written reports about whilst training so the information is solid).

Dermatitis is the most common skin complaint of barbers and it can be broken down into two types:
1 -Irritant contact dermatitis which occurs from working with chemicals and continually having wet hands. If your hands are frequently wet or if you are working on the basins all day doing washing (as many apprentices are) you are at higher risk of this. This form of dermatitis often occurs gradually and can be cured but may flare up again if not given sufficient time to heal.
2 - Allergic contact dermatitis which can occur as an allergic reaction of a product or substance often, but not exclusively, found in cleaning products and hair colouring products. Once you develop this you will have it for life. It can take days or weeks to settle resulting in large amounts of time out of work and re-exposure to the product will trigger it again.

Symptoms of dermatitis include: Dryness, Redness, Itching, Flaking/Scaling, Cracking/Blistering and Pain.

The best way to tackle this problem is through proper safety measures and practises in the barbershop. Below is a list of all best practises but even if you only take on a few, they could make a big difference:

  • Dry hands thoroughly as soon as possible after any contact with water. Be sure to dry in between fingers and wrists. This is my top, 'must-do' for any barber!
  • Use a barrier cream/good moisturising cream daily, (I love the one I reviewed here: Alsatian Soaps' Hand Lotion ) as often as you can after washing your hands, and again at home before bed. Be sure to include in between your fingers and your nails and fingertips.
  • Wear disposable non-latex gloves when doing wet work of any kind (shaving, shampooing, colouring) esp. when working with chemicals, and change them after each client. Be sure to remove gloves correctly so as to minimise contact with products (image from HSE leaflet): 
  • Check skin regularly for symptoms. It is suggested that salons have a monthly scheduled check for this.
  • Remove rings when shampooing as this can lead to a nickel allergy.
  • Make sure you are not sweating in gloves regularly as this can also be a cause/trigger. 
I hope you all find this useful and I'm sure it's just a refresher for some but I felt it needed a mention. I have some other topics like this to cover in the future and also a whole new exciting section coming up too! Keep your eyes peeled!

- BE