People with disabilities are hugely underrepresented in the beauty industry, despite the fact that many people with disabilities are just as interested in looking and feeling their best as anyone else. If you have a disability and are looking for some pointers on how to up your beauty game, take a look at these five tips.
1. Look for Inclusive Beauty Brands
Thanks to the growing awareness around people with disabilities and the need for better inclusion, there has been an increase in inclusive beauty brands that design their products with their disabled clients in mind. For example, some brands create makeup packaging and tools that are designed specifically to be used by people with limited hand mobility. There are also digital softwares designed to identify patterns and tones in a material so that people with visual impairments can put together a coordinated and stylish outfit.
2. Find Stylists Who Do Home Visits
Plenty of professional hair stylists, skincare specialists, and makeup artists are happy to visit the homes of their clients in order to give them the treatments they have requested. If going out to the nail salon or visiting the massage spa could risk injury or pain, consider asking your preferred stylist or therapist if they are happy to perform their treatments at your place. This means that you don’t need to compromise your indulgent beauty routine for the sake of managing your disability.
3. Take More Time to Get Ready
Sometimes there is just no way around the fact that beauty takes time. If you want to make sure that your look is perfect, you might risk being late to that dinner, special occasion, or party. This is why having an accessible vehicle ready and waiting can make such a difference. Take a look at alliedmobility.com for inspiration about which adapted cars would be best for getting you from your home to that glamorous event. This can also make trips to the salon easier to arrange since you don’t need to worry about missing your appointment due to unreliable public transport.
4. Find Methods of Going Hands-Free
If your disability means that you have limited use of your arms or hands, there are ways that you can make certain beauty tasks easier by going hands-free. For example, many people with disabilities use a hairdryer stand so that they can dry and style their hair without having to hold the hairdryer for an extended period of time; while balancing and securing your makeup products to a stable surface can help you apply the product evenly and neatly without using hands.
5. Find Styles You Are Happy to Create and Maintain
Sometimes a new haircut might look perfect when you leave the salon but within the next few days it becomes clear that you’ll need to style and tend to it on a regular basis. If mobility is an issue, choosing styles that don’t require an excessive amount of maintenance can help reduce obstacles without preventing you from looking and feeling amazing.