While the UK is still in lockdown, hair extension technicians will be wondering what work life will look like in the future, and how things will change when the lockdown lifts.
Truthfully, nobody has the answer. However, we can take a look at other countries, and how their industries are moving forward, from this, we can start preparing for change.
Here are some of the things we think may come into play when the lockdown lifts and hair extensionists can return to work. Please be aware that the below is not fact, but speculation as to what changes may come into place. These aim to encourage you to start thinking about how you can implement changes in your businesses to ensure social distancing and good hygiene.
Hair Extension Technicians In A Salon
Changes are likely to be different between salon workers and mobile hair extension technicians, due to the different environments that you work in.
We expect there will be a limit on the number of people permitted in the salon at one time, and the distance between each stylist and client. We assume that there will still be a 2-metre rule in place; therefore, you may need to think about how you would spread out your seating if something like this were to be advised.
Introducing a thorough clean down procedure to your staff rota, particularly around high touch areas, is something you can start thinking about and planning. We would advise having a rota throughout the day to wipe down sinks, reception desks, bannisters, door handles and anything likely to have been touched by customers coming in and out of your salon – this will be standard in many salons. You will need to have a system in place to make your staff and clients aware.
You might be required to thoroughly clean your workstation and salon chair with disinfectant after each client. Make sure you have enough cleaning products for your staff, this will be important. We suggest you have plenty of gloves and hand sanitiser available for both clients and staff to reduce the contact between clients as much as possible.
Because salons require close contact between customers and staff, it could become necessary to wear masks in the salon. Whether this is a legal requirement, only for staff, or required by clients also, only time will tell, but we would not be surprised at all if this became normal for the coming months.
Mobile Hair Extension Technicians
If you work as a mobile hair extension technician, the above might not apply to you. Even so, we anticipate there will be guidelines put in place for you to minimise contact.
If working in someone else’s home, we advise asking that they set you up in a clean area which gets disinfected before you arrive. If you have any concerns, we would highly recommend taking your own antibacterial spray and wipes and access whether or not you feel you should clean the area before you set up. You could send an email to your clients ahead of the fitting, asking them to follow a specific procedure beforehand.
We would recommend that your mobile kit is thoroughly disinfected between clients and that you ensure you leave enough time between clients to do this. As you will be near your clients, it may be necessary for you and your client to wear a mask throughout the fitting process.
We also suggest that your request to be alone in the fitting. You may ask your client to be in a room alone as to not come into contact with other household members.
After you have finished and tidied away your kit, we would recommend giving your work area another thorough wipe down with disinfectant for your client.
If you have a mobile business but have clients at your own home from time to time, then we would recommend following a combination of the above advice for both mobile and salons, to ensure you maximise the cleanliness of your fitting process.
As detailed above, this is all speculation and is no way official guidance on reopening your businesses. But with so much uncertainty in the air, it is sensible to start preparing yourselves for any potential changes that may arrive in getting your businesses back on their feet.