Who would have thought that a simple trip to the salon would one day be something you had to protect yourself from? It’s just not business as usual any more in a COVID-19 world. As salons start to reopen, you’ll need to take precautions to protect yourself whether you’re the one in the chair or behind the chair. While there are no 100% guarantees for eliminating the risks associated with the coronavirus, there are some things you can do to minimize them.
You’re probably pretty pumped to get back to dishing out amazing styles again, but to keep your clients and yourself safe, be sure to follow the CDC’s recommendations for hand hygiene. After all, these are your primary tools of the trade but also one of the top ways to spread infection. Wash your hands before and after every client for at least 20 seconds with hot water and soap and be sure to get under the nails. Also, if you wear gloves, don’t wear the same pair all day. Change your gloves after every client.
Sanitize and disinfect
If you’ve been working in a salon for some time now, you already know the importance of good sanitation. It’s more important than ever and critical if you want to continue to serve your clients. Clean your instruments and your entire station between clients, using an approved disinfectant.
Masks for everyone
Many cities, counties and states have different rules for wearing masks but no matter what the rules are in your area – wear a mask! The CDC recommends doing so whenever social distancing is difficult to pull off. If you’re the salon owner, be sure to post a sign at the entrance stating your mask policy.
Consider implementing a check-in policy that requires clients to answer basic safety questions like, have you had any symptoms? Do you have a fever? Have you been around anyone who has been sick within the last 14 days? Have a no-touch thermometer available, and screen clients for a fever before allowing them in.
Avoid physical contact
Obviously, you can’t avoid ALL physical contact but if you or your client is a hugger, don’t. The less physical contact the better, in order to help minimize the risk of infection.
Assess your work area
If you’ve got 12 chairs in your salon that are three feet apart, it’s time to rearrange. The CDC recommends maintaining six feet from other people so space your stylists out accordingly. Book client appointments in a staggered pattern to avoid people filling up in your waiting area.
Adhering to the recommended CDC guidelines during the COVID-19 crisis is not just advisable, it’s absolutely essential if you want to keep you and your clients safe. It’s the best way to ensure you can still earn a living doing what you love. If you’d like to learn more about a career in the world of beauty, contact us today at Sunstate Academy for more information.
Sunstate Academy would like to have our patrons rest assured that we are meeting what is required by Governor DeSantis’ directives, guidelines from the Centers for Disease Control, and the Department of Business and Professional Regulation. We require that any student/client that performs or receives a service in our student salons or spas must wear the appropriate Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) and participate in the appropriate screening process. Click HERE to find procedures that must be adhered to.