Since lockdown began one of the things at the top of everyone’s “missing the most” list is an appointment with their hairdresser and at the time of writing, hairdressers have been given the date of 4th July (aka Hair Independence Day) as the date that they can set about putting the nation’s locks back in shape!
Although the hair industry is not considered to be a vital service, lockdown has unquestionably highlighted the need for the profession to be classified as essential. But it goes way beyond outgrown ends and roots, as guests not only miss their hour to flick through the glossy magazines, the freshly brewed coffee, and the neck and shoulder rituals on offer but the profound relationship they have with their salon and stylist; apparently the average woman stays longer with her hairdresser than her husband! the salon is not just about makeovers!
Social distancing in a hairdressers is near enough impossible in an industry that relies on touch, so how will that “New Normal” look when we are finally allowed back?
As a salon owner and stylist, planning the big reopening and getting our heads around the new social distancing measures has been a logistical challenge, and with some guests now into their 6th month since visiting the salon, the need to get roots sorted and inches off has led to booking lists running into weeks.
Just some of these changes will include stylists working in different teams to allow more customers through the doors where space is limited. Single use gowns and towels and both stylist and client wearing face masks like at the dentist will be the norm and for a period of time luxuries such as magazines will be removed and refreshments may not be provided.
Every owner will have a different set of issues to work round but the crucial thing will be to ensure that all businesses have the health, hygiene and safety of their clients at the forefront.
And though our salons may look a little different from July, after weeks of financial havoc and logistical headaches, we cant wait to return to our crowning glory.