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How Chrystal Coped with Returning to Work Post-Quarantine

Find out how she uses VR and AR to self-manage her stress.

Written by Bethany Schoengarth
August 17th, 2020


Meet Chrystal, Owner, Stylist & Makeup Artist of Chrystal L. Hair & Makeup. She’s a force in the industry, providing not only style but education as well. Using All Hair Academy, podcasts, and social media courses, she provides resources for other hairstylists who want to learn how to work with multiple hair textures and attract a more diverse clientele. 


We reached out to Chrystal to be a model in our Healium promo video.


She quickly became a customer after trying Healium virtual reality during our film production. When she reached out about getting her own kit, she had some ideas of her own about how to implement it into her own business. Read her review below.


How did you discover Healium?

One of my friends asked me to be a model/actress for a commercial Healium was creating. I briefly knew about it from a class I attended years ago.


Chrystal wears her virtual reality headset while standing in front of green bushes and trees

photos by Carly Buntin Photography

How long have you been using Healium?

Almost 2 weeks. 


Which Healium product are you using? Virtual reality or augmented reality?

 Virtual reality with my Oculus Go and augmented reality for my phone. 


Are you using any wearables with it? BrainLink EEG headband or Apple Watch?

Apple Watch with augmented reality.


What are you hoping to achieve by using Healium? (example–improve focus, self-manage anxiety, etc.)

I am hoping to use it to calm my anxiousness and help me relax with the guided meditations. When quarantine started, my anxiety increased unexpectedly. When Wendy approached me about partnering with Healium, who knew that I would actually enjoy using the product and not just modeling it!


What other mental wellness practices did you know about or try before trying Healium?

I have tried:

> Yoga–fail

> Medication–semi-successful

> Breathing exercises–fail 


Describe your first or most recent VR/AR experience. 

I had a very rough week transition back into work post-pandemic, dealing with the anxiousness of the unknown. I’m a hairstylist and makeup artist, so my work requires me to be in close contact with my clients. Also, dealing with the everyday stress of being a small business owner, mother of three, and wife; I literally wanted to retreat to a dark corner and hide out forever.  I knew this was not an option but I needed to escape. I went to my room, plugged into the Healium beach virtual reality experience for about 15 minutes and I was calm and ready to tackle the rest of my task. It was an amazing experience.


What would you say to someone who is curious about using virtual reality as a wellness tool? 

Try it, I promise you will not regret it. The instant change in mood and calmness is like no other wellness option I have tried. It’s easy to use and doesn’t require any prior experience or training.


Is there anything else you’d like to share?

I am looking forward to using it in my salon space to give my guests a new experience of relaxation. I’m always looking for new ways to innovate my industry and if this tool can help a client feel relaxed, then that’s a new level of service I want to be able to provide. 

A woman sits in the salon chair getting a deep conditioning treatment while wearing a virtual reality headset

Written by Bethany Schoengarth
August 17th, 2020
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