Hairdressers double as therapists and moral support — hey, if you're spending hours at a time letting a person get all up close and personal with your scalp, you're bound to talk about some non-hair-related issues.
They're also in a very physically demanding line of work: They're holding heavy hairdryers, bending over sinks, and spending all day on their feet. When's the last time you saw a hairstylist just take a seat in the middle of a busy afternoon?
That looks painful.
It's not just hairdressers who have to deal with back problems due to their job. Any job that requires you to be on your feet most of the day — doctors, personal trainers, waiters, retail positions — can be the cause of a bad back.
Patel's advice? Try gua sha.
Gua sha, a traditional Chinese medical treatment that includes skin scraping and bruising, can help.
"To reset your muscles we need to gua sha all the scar tissue and then pin and stretch your muscles and then re-align your spine so when you do your yoga exercises it has a greater affect," Patel explained.
"Next time you look at your hairdresser and think they have an easy life, think of these pictures and see how much they sacrifice their own health just so your hair can look good!"