HAIR salons have been given the green light to reopen on tomorrow, and people all over the country will be rejoicing at the news.
Hairdressing chain Toni & Guy has revealed what their salons will look like, with customers given masks upon arrival and no magazines.
The popular chain shared photographs with Fabulous showing how they will ensure social distancing for customers.
A spokesperson said: “Most important is for us to look after our teams based at 172 salons in the UK and our clients, so we will continue to follow government guidance, and any specific measures which are advised.”
In light of this, Toni & Guy will extend opening hours and stagger appointments to limit the number of customers at one given time.
Every client will be spoken to ahead of visits, and staff will do phone or virtual consultations to cut time spent in the salon.
A spokesperson added: “In this initial period, we will look to remove some of the non-essential interaction between clients and our team … we will have a period where magazines are removed from salons, and we will be offering a less extensive selection of refreshments.”
They will also widen the space between work sections, and limit the number of people looking after each client during the appointment.
Clients will receive single-use protection packs when they arrive, which will include masks, towels and hand sanitisers.
There will also be enhanced levels of cleaning and sanitising of all work sections, chairs and tools, plus regular cleaning of the salons taking place throughout the day.
In order to protect their staff, team members will wear masks and single use aprons, and there will be increased washing of hands before and during appointments.
A spokesperson added: “We have also updated our training for all our teams on all aspects of their roles.
“As a highly professional global brand, the focus will continue to be on our clients and the understanding that the client’s mindset will naturally have changed a little to reflect the ‘new normal’. We want to inspire confidence in our salons.
“Our partners and our teams are passionate to demonstrate that we will be looking after our clients to the very highest standards in everything we do as they return.
“Alongside this – our clients will of course receive the very best hair cutting, colouring and styling!”
The PM said last month: "We will reopen hairdressers with appropriate precautions including the use of visors
"We also intend to allow some other close contact services such as nail bars to reopen as soon as we are confident they can open in a Covid secure way."
He ditched the 2 metre rule to allow many businesses across the country to reopen under more relaxed social distancing measures.
It will bring cheer to the nation’s 33,000 stylists and beauticians, many of them self-employed.
What are the guidelines for hairdressers when they reopen?
According to the government's 50-page blueprint, hairdressers and barbers are among businesses which will not be allowed to reopen until they meet "Covid-19-secure" guidelines.
This may include measures such as the use of face masks – as has been seen for hair salons in countries in Europe – and social distancing.
"Many measures require the development of new safety guidelines that set out how each type of physical space can be adapted to operate safely," the government document reads.
Salons are likely to operate at only 50 per cent capacity in order to maintain social distancing measures, with those cutting your hair working on shift patterns to minimise contact with staff and customers.
It is also likely that not every station in the salon will be used, with hairdressers working at every other station in a bid to maintain a two-metre distance between them.
The British Beauty Council recommends that staff wear gloves, masks and gowns, while customers will also likely have to wear masks and will not be able to have many belongings on them.
Meanwhile the National Hair and Beauty Federation has asked hairdressers to keep salon chat to a minimum and avoid "face-to-face discussions with clients".
It will also boost the morale of millions in desperate need of grooming after weeks lockdown.
Desperate couples have been forced to carry out calamitous clipper jobs on each other’s hair, often resulting in bitter rows.
Some hair salons have said they will be opening at midnight on July 4 to clear a backlog of 3 months, with celebrity hair stylist Michael Van Clarke revealing his Soho salon already has a 3,000-person waitlist for when it reopens in July.
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