Lockdown is finally over and hair salons are opened. As black women are the biggest consumers in the beauty industry, millions of us are delighted to get our head did.
However, safety is paramount in the reopening process and hair salon owners have to take certain steps to make sure their staff and customers are safe. We’ve reached out to three hair salons to find out what you can expect when you visit them for your post-quarantine hair appointment.
Based in Dartford, Kent, Salon ABV opened in 2006. founder and creative director, Abbey Osho gave us some insight into what the new post-quarantine SalonABV experience is like.
”We take the temperature of everyone who comes into the salon, both staff and visitors. No one is admitted into the salon without a face mask. Our staff and clients also use hand wash and sanitiser regularly,” she says.
”All of our gowns, aprons, and towels are also now disposable and we are operating the salon via appointment only via our normal opening times,” she adds.
”At Salon ABV, clients will need to bring their face mask, but in case they haven’t got one, we have stock for sale. Clients should expect that we are doing everything to ensure their safety,” Abbey explains.
Simply Gorgeous Afro Hair Salon
Simply Gorgeous Afro Hair Salon is family-owned and they reopened their doors on 4th July with devised policies. Deborah, who is part of the team at Simple Gorgeous explained, ”All staff wear visors, PPE cloaks and masks when tending to clients. Customers are required to wear masks whilst in the salon. We also have sanitation points on entry, that everyone who comes in must use. In order to adhere to the social distancing, we are sticking to the 2m rule instead of the revised 1m. Therefore we’re allowing a limited number of clients within the salon at a time.”
Touching on what it has been like for her reopening the salon, Deborah shares, “There was an initial feeling of anxiety if we’re honest. We were trying to picture how we’d navigate our services in a way that was safe for everyone, but that didn’t force too much of a compromise on the essence of the convivial atmosphere we try to offer,” she adds.
Purely Natural Salon
Being one of the first natural hair salons in London, Purely Natural Salon, has been around for a while. So opening their doors post-quarantine has been a very different experience. Founder, Anastasia Chikezie details what changes have been made.
”At Purely Natural, we usually offer a drink to those who come into the salon but, unfortunately, cannot do that anymore. We have also stopped walk-ins, all our clients are appointments only and we have got rid of the waiting area as a result.”
”We also used to use magazines for reference of hairstyles, which we no longer do,” Anastasia explains.
So, with all these precautions in place post-lockdown, you can be assured that if you do decide to take advantage of hair salons reopening at these hairdressers, safety is prioritised at your salon appointment.