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Accessible hair and makeup tricks (and why we need more)

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Includes easy-to-hold makeup brushes, cordless hair tools, and products to help extend your hair color between salon visits.

As those with mobility and accessibility needs know, mastering the skill (and sometimes the strength) needed to achieve the hair and makeup you’re looking for without a few hacks here and there can feel like an unfair struggle. “There are so many people who don’t self-identify as disabled or consider themselves to have accessibility needs, but they may experience hand tremors from normal everyday tasks such as typing all the time or just getting older” , explains Bella Strange, a makeup professional. artist, who, along with expert hairstylist Susan Shipley, appears on Say Mode, a new show that offers head-to-toe makeovers for those looking for adaptive solutions. We asked Strange and Shipley about the many faces and hair and makeup tools and formulas that can potentially make your daily beauty routine that much more accessible.

What are common accessibility issues with makeup packaging?

bella: “Many skincare and makeup brands use glass bottles, which is understandable, but they can be heavy and difficult to handle if you don’t have a lot of strength in your arms and hands. If you drop it, it’s a huge mess. Twist caps are also very difficult for many people to manage. »

What about regular hair maintenance?

Susan: “Not everyone has the energy to wash and style their own hair. Some may not have the strength to lift their arms, or for others with chronic conditions, simply taking a shower is sometimes exhausting. As a hairdresser, it is important to consider what haircuts can make the lives of our customers with disabilities easier and more enjoyable. For example, if you have very curly hair, ask your stylist for a cut that will still look great with minimal product when air dried.

What other tips should stylists consider when dealing with clients with accessibility needs?

Susan: “Start by having a discussion. Can you provide alternative seating or accessories that would make it easier to wash their hair in the salon? If your client is getting color, consider creating a take-home kit so she can refresh her color at home. This way they can visit every eight weeks, instead of every four.

What are the solutions that could make makeup and other products more accessible?

bella: “I usually have to cover the top of the components with tape so it has more surface area for me to grab. Easier to open makeup packaging with magnets would be great. Moreover, the lids with a ring-shaped design on the top would allow you to hook your finger for easier access.

What other beauty resources should people with disabilities consider?

bella: “It’s easy to give up when you think there are no solutions, but when you start looking, there are actually a lot of blogs and message boards you can use to get help. good advice. There are people who want to help and are interested in sharing what they have learned. This is to make your life easier because we have already overcome so many challenges. Beauty is meant to be about pleasure and confidence, it shouldn’t be something that feels scary and frustrating.

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Click through the gallery to see some of Bella and Susan’s favorite accessible hair and makeup solutions: