How to Reopen a Hairdressing Salon Following Covid-19
As the country slowly begins to open back up, and people realise that their home haircut just isn’t the same as a professional finish, hairdressers are in high demand. Pre-Covid, the hair and beauty industry was worth a whopping £7.5bn.
If you own a salon and are welcoming guests back in for a cut and colour, there are a few things you should consider to not only make sure you’re complying with the new rules but that you’re able to build back your business for your most profitable year yet.
Protect your workers
As an employer, by law you must protect your workers and others from risk to their health and safety – this is not a new law. But this now includes protecting them against Covid-19 whilst working for you, whether they are working in your premises or working for you in another capacity, e.g. mobile hairdressing.
Covid-19 is classed as a workplace hazard and as such you should manage it in the same way as you would other workplace hazards. To do this you must:
- Complete a suitable and sufficient assessment of the risks of Covid-19 in the workplace
- Identifying control measures to manage that risk.
Because hairdressing is classed as a close contact service and maintaining a 2m distance is not possible, you should ensure all your workers use PPE in the form of a visor or goggles and a Type II face mask to mitigate the risk.
Protect your clients
In order for your business to be successful, you’ll want your clients to feel confident in your salon. Try to ensure there is a fresh flow of air in the salon and ideally remove your ‘waiting area’ and ask clients to arrive at the time of their appointment.
If possible, implement a one-way system around the salon with clients entering and leaving through different doors.
It is your responsibility to remind customers (and staff) to wear face coverings throughout their treatment.
Try and make your clients as comfortable as possible throughout their visit, whilst also ensuring everyone is kept safe. This could mean encouraging them to bring their own drinking receptacle so that you’re still able to offer refreshments. If you offer snacks, ensure they are individually wrapped.
Protect your business
It’s not just ensuring your business is Covid-compliant, you should make sure you have a robust hairdressing insurance policy in place too, should the worse happen.
If you don’t already use card payments, switching from cash to card is not only a Covid-secure way of taking payments, but it’s also an added level of convenience many customers are looking for.