According to the latest government update, July 4th is set to be the day salons can re-open to clients. The way we work is changing. The "New Normal" means that we have to prepare our staff and the salon for the government workplace safety changes. This means that your hair salon experience is set to look anything but, well…. like it used to.
At Bagham Barn Hair Salon, we offer a personalised experience that is relaxing, comfortable and enjoyable for our staff and clients. We have very high standards and can continue to do so by following the amended required best practices for health and safety. These steps help us to ensure the well-being and safety of our stylists and clients.
All our stylists and staff members are currently updating their health and safety skills online following the recent government measures. All our stylists and team members have updated their CPD by completing the Barbacide Covid-19 health and safety certification and will continue to undertake further training.
Like most businesses, we are currently waiting for official government return to work guidelines. Here are some of the things we have to address as we move forward: making sure there is as little contact as possible between the client and stylist, not cutting dry hair, longer appointment slots, more time to clean and sterilise tools and equipment, removing and rearranging fixtures and furniture, wearing full PPE and reducing the number of blow-dries.
Here are some of the changes you can expect to see in salons under the new changes:
1. All hairstyling services to be carried out by appointment only
2. At the time of booking your service, a staff member will ask if you or anyone in your home have been exposed to Covid-19, or have been self-isolating for the last 7 to 14 days
3. Clients to have their temperature checked on arrival
4. Clients to use hand-sanitiser before entering the salon
5. Clients and stylists to wear face masks
6. Where possible use contactless card payment
7. Social distancing - maintaining a minimum of 2m between work stations
8. No direct communication permitted, discussion via mirror and kept to a minimum
9. Continuous ventilation to be used to maximise the flow of fresh air
10. Salon staff members should use disposable gloves and disposable towels
11. Salons should have safety screens where face-to-face interaction takes place
For extra assurance, we will keep fewer stylists in the salon at any given time. There is an hour gap in between changeover of stylists which gives us time to do a thorough clean. Stylists are also getting their own equipment, scissors and tools sterilised after each client. We will also be wearing different footwear in and out of the salon.
Serving clients under these strict, sensible guidelines poses little to no risk of spreading the virus.
Salons will be expected to operate with these measures in place and any infringements should be reported.
To see the health and safety from the hair council and the current government guidelines on working safely in the workplace, click the links below.