While heading back to the nail salon isn’t of utmost importance right now (the main priority remains continued safety for the public by staying home), planning and road-mapping how salons will operate, post-pandemic lockdown, is crucial the beauty industry moving forward and succeeding in the future.
Many services the beauty industry provides falls under the “personal care” category, which is addressed in the third phase of the government’s “Plan to Rebuild”. As part of phase three, a provisional date of the 4th July (at the earliest) has been set for beauty salons to begin reopening in England, provided the government is confident that infection rate of COVID-19 has decreased sufficiently. Until then, the industry has been working together, and with the government, to preemptively put a reopening plan in place that ensures the safety for both salon workers and clients.
In addition to following the government’s “COVID-19 Secure Guidelines,” that were provided to businesses as part of its “Plan to Rebuild”, The British Beauty Council – with the help of renowned nail expert Marian Newman and scientist, author, and educator Doug Schoon – has complied an easy-to-use set of guidelines for nail salons, which have been submitted to the government.
Further to the British Beauty Council guidelines below, The British Association of Beauty Therapy & Cosmetology (BABTAC) has issued in-depth “Back to Work Guidelines“, and The National Hair & Beauty Federation is also working with the government to ensure the industry can return to work safely. Although, this is an ever-changing situation, this is what you can likely expect when salons do reopen.
There Will Be Increased Hygiene Measures In Place
Hygiene has always been top priority in nail salons, but now increased measures will be taken to ensure the safety of both employees and customers.
So far, the extra hygiene steps for nail salons include: increased hand washing for clients and technicians using disposable paper towels, the requirement of gloves to be worn by technicians at all times, and that technicians are not to touch any of the customer’s personal belongings during appointments. Tools will be handled with stricter disinfection instructions, in addition to all nail polish brushes being cleaned between clients. Magazines or refreshments such as tea and coffee should no longer be offered to clients (single-use cups and water dispensers only), while Newman and Schoon recommend about 15 minutes in between each client to allow for adequate cleaning and disinfecting.
Yes, You’ll Have to Wear a Mask During Your Nail Appointment
Although masks in nail salons aren’t rare, extra attention will be given to personal protective equipment (PPE) as well as clothing. Technicians are recommended to wear a fresh set of uniform daily (such as a tunic), washed at 60 degrees, and should not be worn at at home or on their commute to and from work.
Masks should be a requirement for all staff – Newman recommends N95 or FFP2 masks – however, in light of current shortages and recommendations from the government to only use non-medical masks, technicians should check guidelines nearer the time of reopening. Clients should also wear a mask during their treatment, which should be disposed of immediately afterwards.
As mentioned, gloves should be worn at all times. To to eliminate risk of latex sensitivity, they should be powder-free nitrile gloves. While salon safety is incredibly important and proper PPE should be worn, it’s important to make sure that frontline workers take priority for PPE access – this should be taken into consideration before opening to ensure adequate protection for an extended period of time.
There Will Be Fewer Customers In the Salon at One Time
Social distancing will still apply to in-salon nail appointments. Salons with more than one desk should be spaced two metres apart, clients are advised to move around the premises as little as possible. At the moment, Newman and Schoon don’t recommend screens to divide clients and technicians, as these would these require additional disinfecting, which if not carried out, may pose a bigger risk of COVID-19 transmission.
Walk-in Appointments Will Not Longer Be Permitted
The general etiquette and way appointments are made is likely to change when the lockdown lifts. Salons are advised not to accept walk-in clients and only operate on an appointment basis. Each client should be asked about any COVID-19-related symptoms before proceeding with the appointment – likely via email or phone with agreed acknowledgement from clients of new policies in place. Technicians should only treat one client at a time to avoid any bacteria transferal.
Salons should also operate on a no-cash basis, instead taking card payments on a system that can be easily cleaned when touched. Arrive to the appointment on time and alone (without children) and only enter the premises when the previous client has left. In addition to this, cancellation policies may be reconsidered for those sick or unable to attend last minute.
We May Have to Wait Longer For Mobile and Home Salon Appointments
Technicians working on an mobile basis should not commence working until all restrictions on visitors in the home have been fully lifted. Once these lockdown rules have been lifted, the technician should avoid contact with other members in the home while carrying out the treatment. When entering the client’s home, technicians should wear disposable foot coverings, gloves, mask, and protective clothing, to be changed before entering a new clients home.
When visiting a nail salon or having a technician perform a treatment at home, you must confirm with the salon that you’ve been symptom-free for seven days, as well as those you live with being symptom-free. These guidelines will be put in place to ensure the safety of both staff and clients, being mindful and respectful of the salon’s individual policies makes sure the industry can return to its new normal as quickly as possible.
POPSUGAR aims to give you the most accurate and up-to-date information about the coronavirus, but details and recommendations about this pandemic may have changed since publication. For the latest information on COVID-19, please check out resources from the WHO and the NHS.Original article published here.