Many businesses have had to make changes due to the coronavirus pandemic, and hair salons are no exception. That being said, here are 10 things you won’t see in hair salons anymore.
10. Waiting Areas
Salons will no longer allow clients to gather in a waiting area to be called for their appointment. Instead, they’ll be asked to wait in their cars, and their stylist will call or text them when they are ready for them to come inside. Meanwhile, the Bar Barber Shop in Lancaster, CA, said they would put up plastic partitions in the reception area and between each of the haircutting stations. Katya Tazala, who owns and runs the shop along with her husband, told USA Today that they would even be installing UV lights at each station to help kill the coronavirus.
9. Crowded Stations
From now on, crowded stations will be a thing of the past. Instead, salons will have every other booth empty in order to adhere to state regulations regarding how many people can be in a room at one time, as well as to adhere to social distancing rules. Xavier Cruz, President of Barba Men’s Grooming Boutique in New York, told Reader’s Digest that he has removed every other chair from stations to keep people from sitting in them and not adhering to social distancing rules. He has also installed plexiglass dividers between stations to minimize the spread of germs.
8. Walk-in Appointments
Due to regulations in place limiting the number of people allowed in an establishment at one time, salons are no longer offering walk-in appointments. But, even if they legally could, they wouldn’t be able to. That’s because most salons are booked solid, now that people are able to get their hair done again. According to an article published by The New York Times, data from Safegraph, a data firm that determines which businesses people visit by tracking aggregated and anonymized cellphone data, showed that after stay-at-home orders began to lift in June, visits to beauty salons and barbershops were just 30 percent lower than they were a year ago in some states. In other states — Nevada, for example — visits are already back to levels recorded at this time last year.
I remember going to the salon and thumbing through the magazines to look for the perfect hairstyle while waiting to get in the chair. But, salons are no longer putting out magazines for clients to flip through. That’s because those magazines are high-touch surfaces, which makes them a breeding ground for germs. But, it’s not just the lookbooks. All magazines of any kind are no longer available in salons. Of course you can always purchase your own magazines and bring them with you.
6. A Client or Hairdresser Without a Mask
Salons are requiring both clients and hairdressers to wear masks during their appointments. Not only that but many of them are asking people who aren’t wearing a mask to not even enter the salon. These salons’ number one priority is to keep fellow workers and clients safe. Unfortunately, many of them are not used to working in a mask. We aren’t trained for this, Jalainna Ellis, owner of All That Jazz salon and spa in Cheyenne, Wyoming, told USA Today. The masks skew your vision, plus it’s almost unbearable wearing one while blow-drying a client’s hair, Ellis added.
5. Crowded Salons
Gone are the days of hairdressers double-booking customers. Yes, it makes things go a lot faster when you can cut one person’s hair while letting the color process on another person’s hair at the same time. But, with limits in place on the amount of people allowed in an establishment at one time, stylists have had to make some adjustments to their schedule. Abra McField of the Abra Kadabra Hair & Healing salon told Reader’s Digest that she’s limiting each of her stylists to two to three clients instead of the usual four to five clients they took prior to the coronavirus pandemic.
4. Reusing Tools
Now, when we say that salons aren’t reusing their tools, we’re not saying that they’re using them once and then throwing them away. We’re saying that they are cleaning and disinfecting them after each use, so that they’re not transferring germs from one client to the next. Not only that but many salons have begun using single-use gloves, chair covers, and cutting capes. The Abra Kadabra Hair & Healing beauty salon in Missouri has taken things a step further. “We also have tags that read ‘This seat has been cleaned’ or ‘This area has been cleaned’ so that our entire team, as well as clients, feel safe and protected,” Abra McField, hair industry expert, stylist and salon CEO of Abra Kadabra Hair & Healing, told Reader’s Digest.
3. Shampoo and Conditioning Service
A lot of salons are ceasing their shampoo and conditioning services because they aren’t doing blow drys nowadays. As a result, they ask clients to come in with their hair already washed and dried so they can just do dry cuts. For salons that do still offer shampoo and conditioning services, they make it clear to clients that they will no longer be chatting over the shampoo bowl for fear of emitting respiratory droplets. “My little message to them says, ‘At the shampoo bowl, you’re going to take this time to relax — no talking,'” Tonya Fairley, stylist and owner of Strandz on Grand in Covina, CA, told The Washington Post. “That’s for us, too, so that we’re not talking over them.”
2. Snacks and Drinks
You may be thinking to yourself, ‘I don’t remember seeing any snacks or drinks at the salon.’ Well, you likely didn’t — unless you went to a higher-end salon. And, if you did, then you probably were offered all kinds of goodies like coffee, candy and other snacks, and even wine in some cases. Unfortunately, those things have become a thing of the past. It’s not that they don’t want to offer you those things. It’s just that they’d rather not risk spreading germs.
1. Blow-Drying Services
If you thought you were going to take advantage of your salon’s blow-drying services now that they’ve reopened, you might want to think again. That’s because salons are no longer offering blow-drying services — at least some of them aren’t anyway. Some states (e.g. New Hampshire) are not allowing salons to use blow dryers. And, it makes perfect sense. Using a blow dryer can spread more germs in the air. There are some states, however, that still allow it. Connecticut is one of them.
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