The 10 Commandments, also known as the Decalogue, are a set of biblical principles relating to ethics and worship that play a fundamental role in Judaism and Christianity, Britannica states.

You may have heard of them, thou shalt not do that and thou shalt not do that.

As important as these principles are to keep the faith, thou shalt also be mindful of the ten health and beauty industry commandments to keep a long and fruitful career.

Here are the must-live-by ethics you should remember as a health and beauty professional.

Thou shalt always dress appropriately

As vital as it is to wear comfortable clothing to be comfortable and service your client successfully, always remember to dress the part. Clients are like all of us, visual learners and opinionated–which means first impressions are everything.

Thou shalt always listen

There’s a difference between hearing and listening. Always remember to take your client’s experience when servicing them. Be attentive and ask how they’re doing constantly. Speaking in a calm tone sets the mood and helps relax your client to ensure a successful session.

Thou shalt always be honest

As a hairstylist, you might book a client that dreams of rocking the silver-tone hair, as advertised on Instagram. As a trained professional, you must be transparent with your client, so they understand the grueling process it’s going to be. It’s like ripping off the band-aid; at first, it’ll sting, but it’ll be better in the end.

Thou shalt always keep equipment clean

As obvious as this might sound, it’s essential to keep all your tools and equipment clean and functioning. Clients notice every detail when they’re being serviced. The COVID-19 pandemic set the standard for cleanliness, so always take extra time between clients to polish your tools.

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Thou shalt always keep up with the latest trends

Curtain bangs and light-colored hair in the front were recent trends that took over all social media platforms. It’s critical to keep up with the latest trends to serve your clientele better.

Thou shalt always pack an emergency kit

Sometimes, your client offers to provide their products, and then the worst happens, they forget it. Whatever the case may be, it’s vital to always be prepared for life’s mini emergencies. Some items can include tissues, gloves, Tylenol, eyelash glue, water, etc.

Thou shalt always be early

Being on time is running late. Running late is unforgivable. As with any job, arriving at your appointment is as important as the quality of your work. Plan to be at least 15 minutes to every appointment. This gives you enough time to drink water, refresh, or even pick up last-minute items from a drugstore.

Thou shalt always been a positive atmosphere

Even if you’re not a firm believer in auras, be a firm believer in positivity. Clients always sense the energy in the room when being served. If you radiate positivity, your client will notice and reciprocate that energy and even leave you a satisfying tip. Remember, you have the power to enhance a client’s day with your talented skills.


Thou shalt always charge your worth

Many health and beauty professionals undercharge in hopes of booking additional clients, but you might be hurting yourself. Your talents and skills have gotten you to the position you are in today, and clients understand that higher prices mean better quality. Always charge your worth.

Thou shalt never speak badly about another professional

In a professional setting, gossip is unacceptable. Clients don’t respond kindly to hearing about badmouthing that goes on while being served. They feel like they are being put into the middle when they want to relax and enjoy their service.

Whether you’re kickstarting your career or are a veteran in the health and beauty industry, these principles ensure continuous work and opportunities. Let us know in the comments below if we’ve missed some. As always, stay charming!