It’s not exactly hard to understand why there are so many people desperate to get back into hair salons as soon as possible. In fact, a survey by online beauty services booking website Treatwell found that a hair salon appointment was among the top three things people are most excited for now the lockdown has lifted.

While the hair colour services & styling skills from our favourite hair salons will still be as good as we remember, there’s no denying the experience as a whole will have to change dramatically as a result of the Coronavirus pandemic. The good news is, 77% of the National Hair & Beauty Federation members say they feel “very prepared/prepared” to reopen now. Moda Hairdressing Ltd in Bristol has even released pictures of changes they’ve made to their salon in order to reopen safely once restrictions lift. As official government guidelines haven’t been at that point, the salon has taken inspiration from other European salons that have reopened, ready to adapt to UK regulations once they become available.

YOUR ARRIVAL MIGHT BE DIFFERENT

Many salons will be displaying messaging around what to expect in their windows & on their social media channels so you’re prepared before you enter. This will include reminders around social distancing & hygiene. Here at Moda Hairdressing Ltd, we will be putting up screens to protect reception staff & arrivals will be pre-scheduled to avoid congestion. You’ll be paired with one stylist only, to limit contact & you’ll be asked to move in one direction around the salon.

HAND-SANITISING & ANTI-BAC WILL BE NECESSARY

You might be asked to wash your hands on arrival, or hand sanitising stations will be made available at the door. Stylists will be required to wash their hands regularly & customers might be asked not to touch anything unnecessarily to reduce risk. Moda HairdressingLtd has removed all of their product testers. If a client wishes to purchase a product, they can let their stylist know, who will wipe products down before placing in a bag for the client to take home at the end of their appointment.

THERE WILL BE FEWER APPOINTMENTS AVAILABLE

Social distancing regulations are set to continue well into the future, now retailers have reopened their doors, which means the number of appointments in our salon will be fewer.

“We’ve gone from taking around eight clients per day to around four or five, but that’s colour clients as the process takes around an hour & a half sometimes longer,” explains Tina. “Before the lockdown, we could fit another client in while another was waiting for the colour to process, but at the moment it’s not possible. We have to limit the number of clients in the salon at any one time.”

Stations and backwashes will need to be spaced out or blocked off to ensure enough distance between each customer. As well as social distancing regulations, salons will also need to undergo rigorous cleaning in between clients. “We clean our work stations between every client, including wiping down the chair. We clean all of our tools & even the washbasin where clients have their hair washed in between appointments.”

So in summary, yes things maybe be very different to how they were pre lockdown but the hair salons are open and that is good news for us and for the industry its self.