Getting a blowout is going to be a whole lot different post-shelter-in-place – at least for Drybar. The boutique blowout styling chain has a ton of new policy changes that you’re going to want to know about before you go.
“While we are excited about seeing our clients and bringing our teams back to work, we will remain diligent and agile to keep our clients and team members safe as we move forward in our collective new normal,” says Courtney Gruber, the brand’s Chief Retail Officer. We’re all for erring on the side of caution during a pandemic, which is why Drybar’s actions are so appreciated.
The first step to ensuring everyone’s safety begins with evaluating staff. This is especially important because when one stylist is sick, hundreds of others are exposed. And, since no one can afford a repeat of what happened when a Missouri hairstylist exposed 91 people to COVID by going to work sick, now is a time to be diligent.
To prevent a similar disaster, Drybar will screen each team member at the start of their shift by asking a series of questions. Stylists will also have their temperature checked with a contact-less digital forehead thermometer. The mandatory use of masks/facial coverings will be enforced, and every stylist must wear PPE while they are in the shop. Managers will also confirm that every team member is hyper-vigilant when it comes to hand washing. All stylists are required to wash their hands before and after each service and every client interaction.
Staff members aren’t the only ones getting a COVID makeover – the location itself will also be deep cleaned to prevent viruses from harboring on services. The shop will be sanitized between each appointment, with every touchable service, including tools, products, chairs, and station countertops disinfected.
No Waiting – or Drinking
In addition to practicing more sophisticated cleanliness measures, social distancing will continue. This means limiting the number of people in the shop, installing visual cues to help people spread apart, and every other chair being occupied. To help keep this number under control, walk-ins are no longer (at least for the foreseeable future) and all appointments must be booked in advance. Drybar is also getting…drier. The bar and all beverage service are now temporarily discontinued.
While Drybar is taking extensive measures to stop the spread, they’re also calling on patrons (you guys) to self-monitor. Twelve hours before your scheduled appointment Drybar will send you a questionnaire checking on your health to make sure you aren’t experiencing any COVID symptoms. You won’t be able to bring a buddy to your appointment – blowouts are now a solo endeavor. To minimize exposure further, check-in will be almost entirely digitized – this also means that there’s no hanging out in the waiting area; you will be expected to report to your appointment directly.
Like the Drybar staff, you will also have your temperature read by a contactless thermometer — anyone reading over 100 degrees will have to reschedule. The shop won’t store your temperature data, so that’s not something you have to be concerned about. You will also be required to wear a mask and avoid all physical contact, including hugs and handshakes – this is a “no-contact zone” until we’re past the pandemic.
While this may seem like a lot, it’s following CDC guidance and ultimately, safety has to come first. For salons not quite sure how to reopen or what to change once they do, the Drybar way of doing things is a good place to start.
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