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Understanding impacts of the beauty industry shutdown during COVID-19

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A study led by researchers from Swinburne’s Center for Mental Health (CMH) has found that while most people reported spending less time investing in their appearance since COVID-19 began, individuals with high dysmorphic concern (excessive preoccupation with a flaw in their appearance) continued to feel self-conscious about their appearance.

The study, which was published in the International Journal of Eating Disorders was conducted as part of the COVID-19 and you: mental health in Australia now survey (COLLATE) online survey.

Beauty services as a coping mechanism

As a precautionary measure against COVID-19, Australia implemented a widespread temporary closure of beauty and cosmetic services. Given that beauty services are widely used for stress relief and to enhance confidence, the study was conducted to explore the relationship between the closure of these services, distress, and engagement in other appearance-focused behaviors.

Participants with high and low levels of dysmorphic concern

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Wedding venues seeing business bounce back after impacts of COVID-19

SAVANNAH, Ga. (WTOC) – Many businesses are trying to bounce back from the impacts of COVID-19.



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Many businesses are trying to bounce back from the impacts of COVID-19.

Wedding venues took a hit in the spring and summer. Couples canceled their weddings or postponed them to avoid large gatherings. But now, Red Gate Farms says they’re making a comeback.

“We have had to reschedule about 40 weddings from spring,” said Melanie Marchand with Red Gate Farms.

It’s been nearly four months since Red Gate Farms started to feel the impacts of COVID-19, especially during the middle of wedding season at the time, but now they say they’re bouncing back stronger than ever.

Wedding venues seeing business bounce back after impacts of COVID-19

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“It seems like we’re seeing an early pickup on weddings for Fall. So normally engagement season is starting

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How To Reduce Bias Where Research Says Black Women’s Natural Hair Impacts Interview Opportunities

Many studies explore how diversity in the workplace can create great opportunities for multiple viewpoints to be shared in ways that can strengthen company decision making from a holistic viewpoint. However, a recent research study conducted by Fuqua School of Business at Duke University suggests that there is evidence recommending that Black women with natural hairstyles are perceived as less professional than Black women with straightened hair. This evidence illuminates that discrimination against natural Black hairstyles is still prevalent in the workplace.

To determine if bias against natural haired Black women still exists in the workplace, the researchers recruited participants from various diasporas and asked them to role play as job recruiters screening candidates for employment. As participants role played, they were provided profiles of Black and White women job candidates and asked to rate various factors including their professionalism, competence and more. In the professionalism and competence categories,

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