Updated: Sep 14, 2020
About the author:
LeeAnn Miley is a salon owner based in Hastings, Nebraska, and the President and Executive Director of The Sovereign Stylist. Her personal experiences led her to advocate and educate stylists on proper worker classification. LeeAnn’s blogs are typically focused on tax compliance, worker classification, and general business practices. LeeAnn believes that laws and business are powerful entities when one has knowledge of them and has dedicated herself to spreading such knowledge to the industry she loves.
I found out I was pregnant with my second child literally the same day I started my first salon job, perfect timing. Let’s just say it was a day full of emotion. Not only was I going to be bringing another bouncing baby into our family, but my dream of working behind the chair finally came true. I was overwhelmed with excitement but quickly realized my dream of making people feel beautiful about themselves might once again be put on hold. You see, my first pregnancy was hard. I had been diagnosed with hyperemesis gravidarum, which is an extreme form of morning sickness that doesn’t go away after the first trimester and causes severe nausea and vomiting during pregnancy.
The possibility of having another difficult pregnancy was not my only concern. I was worried about the long hours on my feet, exposure to chemicals, how was I going to break this news to my manager, what would clients say, and when the hell was I going to pee?! I had to remind myself that I was not the first-ever hairstylist to become pregnant and that is why I am writing this blog. I want to share with you the things I learned while sporting a bump behind the chair.