Your salon or barber shop may have reopened already, or is about to.
That does not mean that it is business as usual.
There have been many changes and new challenges for salons and barber shops to face.
One challenge that seems to be causing the most problems is employees wearing PPE while they are working.
You might have a big influx of bookings for your salon when it reopens, but you will not be able to get through them as quickly as usual with reduced capacity.
Some salons and barbers shops have faced this issue by temporarily adding the cost of PPE into their price list.
Others preferred to absorb it themselves rather than pass it on to the client.
While it might be uncomfortable,wearing any salon or barber shop PPE is essential for not only keeping your clients safe from Covid-19, but your staff and yourself as well.
While PPE is playing a big part in helping salons and barber shops reopen safely across Canada it really depends on it being used correctly and providing high quality PPE in the first place.
In addition, it is also important to remember that PPE won’t offer 100% protection from transmission alone.
It is important to make sure your salon or barber shop has full hygiene and social distancing procedures in place for all staff and clients to follow.
All properly trained salon or barber shop staff should already understand the fundamentals of salon hygiene and how to use PPE necessary to the treatment they offer.
Here are some tips to help you, your staff and clients transition into a safe and comfortable Salon environment and experience:
Face masks are now the ‘new normal’.
Face masks should be worn by everyone in the salon or barber shop including stylists, front desk staff etc.
Even if they can keep the full social distance measures apart.
Disposable face masks that are medical grade are great for staff and also for clients in case they forget to bring their own.
Salon stylists and barbers must wear a face visor or shield to reduce the risk of spreading infection.
One of the biggest issues many people have found with wearing one though, is a fogged up screen,which can be really problematic when you need to see exactly what you are doing!
To prevent this, make sure you invest in a good quality visor with a fog-resistant shield,
They also feature a self-adjusting headband with a latex-free foam pad to help reduce the tension on your head.
It can be a requirement that hair stylists, barbers and estheticians wear disposable gloves
While hand washing is recommended as the most effective way to stop the virus spreading, gloves can give clients extra reassurance particularly during manicures and pedicures.
However, even when wearing gloves, you should still wash hands regularly and avoid touching your face, otherwise they will not be effective.
It has been advised by the Canadian government that staff are provided with disposable aprons and disposable gowns.
Clients can be offered disposable gowns as well, they can be particularly useful during hair washes so the clients feel more comfortable and they do not get wet.
Remember, this is a new way of working. While some might deal well with the challenges, others could be feeling more stressed or anxious in their new surroundings.
Be understanding and allow everyone in the team the time they need to adjust.
This is a time when your team can really come together and support each other, so being there for each other is more important than ever before.