Dear fellow hairdressers,
💛 As we press ‘play’ again on our salons we are all stepping into uncharted waters. I’m writing this note, not to wag a finger, but to share our knowledge to help other salons and hairdressers keep their clients safe, their team safe, and prevent getting into trouble in the future.
It’s so incredible we are BACK! As hairdressers we all love the relationships we have with our clients, and so lockdown felt especially hard. BUT… I’ve been alarmed by so many pictures on social media of hairdressers wearing masks & not visors, and not following the safe distancing guidelines in salon.
The OFFICIAL Guidelines
Because of the period of time spent in close proximity to a person’s face, mouth and nose, the person providing a service (hairdresser)) should wear further protection in addition to any that they might usually wear. This should take the form of a clear visor that covers the face and provides a barrier between the wearer and the client from respiratory droplets caused by sneezing, coughing or speaking. Visors must fit the user and be worn properly. It should cover the forehead, extend below the chin, and wrap around the side of the face.
Both disposable and re-usable visors are available. A re-usable visor must be cleaned and sanitised regularly using normal cleaning products.
As of 8th August the Government has made it mandatory for clients to wear face masks in nail, beauty, hair salon and barbers.. This does not diminish the hairdressers responsibility to follow the visor rule.
Here is a quick recap: Visors are MANDATORY and that means they must be worn by law. A mask is not legal. Take care, because you will be fined and face salon closure if you do not follow these guidelines. When wearing a visor you don’t have to wear a mask underneath – if you want to you can. The Government guidelines now require that your client also wears a face mask. I would recommend you make them available.
Our COVID-Safe Reopening blog lists all of the H&S and cleaning measures we’ve introduced in salon. Feel free to implement them in your own salon, we’re happy to share our best practice!
As I said, I’m not wagging a finger. As professional salons and salon owners we must do all we can to keep our clients & team safe. By maintaining covid-secure working practices we can all feel proud that the hairdressing industry is doing its bit to maintain low infection levels and prevent localised spikes.
Keep safe. L💛VE Kerry x