Preparing for post lock down
With media making speculations last week, confusion and worry took hold of the hairdressing industry. The NHBF is advising salon and barbershop owners to ignore media speculation about when they can re-open as the government has not yet made any decisions about this. The NHBF is urging the government to allow salons and barbershops to re-open only when it is safe to do so. Hairdressers Journal advices on how to use lockdown to become a better hairdresser from people in the industry and our brands offering online support for all. Now is the time to start preparing for the glorious day that our salons will be allowed to reopen, preparation is key to setting up all the correct tools and equipment that your salon will need for the safety of your staff and clients.
Staying positive during preparation
It is important to keep your staff and clients positive when mentioning the steps you are taking in preparation to reopen, we are all feeling nervous about what post lockdown means and how this will affect the way we do things in the salons going forward. Keep in contact with your staff and clients and let them know the measures you are taking, this should ease the concern and give all of them time to come to terms with how things will be done going forward.
Safety of your staff and clients
Even though we do not know exactly when our salons will re open, it is crucial that we start planning so we have everything in place before that day. This will instill confidence within your staff and clients, that all measures have been taken within your salon to keep everyone safe.
We are sourcing PPE equipment for the salons, from portable hands free sanitizer dispensers that can be placed at the entrance and wash area in the salon, face masks, gloves, disposable gowns, disposable towels, disposable capes, disposable aprons, protective screens to be placed in between your sections.
What other measures could be taken in the salon
- Using gloves when cutting hair.
- Apply a detangler to the hair before cutting to allow the hair to glide through the gloves, stopping the gloves for pulling the hair.
- Purchase more brushes, each client to have a different set of brushes used on them.
- Safety packs given to each client when arriving for their appointment, including a face mask, gloves, disposable gown, disposable cape, disposable towel.
- Offering alternative safety packs at a cost - this could include a normal gown, hair brushes, the client would take these home as their own safety pack and bring them with each visit.
Please post a comment if you would like more ideas on what can be done in your salons once we reopen. We will get through this together.