Stylists everywhere have had to cut down the number of clients they see in a day, along with wear masks and disinfect regularly.
But what does the future hold? What will the new normal for hair appointments be? We reached out to five stylists from all corners of the globe to hear what they expect appointments to look like after coronavirus.
Read what they had to say below!
Hair Artist Jenna Machingo Based in Los Angeles, Long Beach, and San Diego, California
Jenna feels as though people will be more cautious about going to the salon, though she doesn’t think too much will change.
“I think people will just be more aware,” she says. “People won’t be coming in anymore when they are feeling under the weather. Mask might stick around longer just to be safe. But other than that I don’t see much changing. The only thing that really changed is maintaining space between different clients in the salon and wearing a mask.”
From her health and safety trainings, she has felt more prepared. There are a few differences she has noticed since going back to work.
“As a stylist, I have given myself more time with each client and extra time to ensure I’m sanitizing everything the client and I have touched,” Jenna says.
When it comes to the “new normal,” Jenna feels as though masks will continue to be required.
“I do feel like masks will be in the future for a while, until they come out with a vaccine,” she notes. “I always have been wanting to wear a mask previously to keep myself from inhaling any chemicals and getting sick.”
Redken Brand Ambassador and Colorist Ryan Pearl Based in Boca Raton, Florida
Ryan believes clients will be visiting the salon less frequently and even requesting house calls.
“I feel that a lot of clients will be spacing out their time in between visits , as well as asking for at-home services,” he states. “I will be doing house calls as well for people; whatever makes them feel more comfortable.”
Though the virus is still raging on, Ryan shares he feels safe going back to work.
“The salon is doing temperature checks, having cleaning services come daily, and spacing out clients, as well as extending appointments,” he notes. “So, I do feel very comfortable going back. We are very cautious with how we’re doing things.”
Hair Artist Alaina Morse Based in Edmonton, Alberta
Alaina has felt all the love going back to work, though she has seen some pretty drastic post-coronavirus changes.
“I think appointments have changed pretty significantly,” she says. “I’ve had such a great experience being back to work after being quarantined. My clients seem to be extra grateful and happy to be in my chair. I feel so appreciated and it’s super nice to be back. Also, I think they’ll change in terms of health and safety standards. I hope a lot of these precautionary measures regarding cleanliness stay for salons.”
Cleaning procedures at her salon have been more intense, along with taking extra precaution during appointments.
“We have made sure each station is six feet apart, stylists cannot double book (only one client at a time), hands are sanitized between each client and clients sanitize upon entering, both clients and stylists must wear a mask, temperatures of the clients will be taken upon entry,” Alaina notes. “Additionally, we take extra time between clients to sanitize the work station. Sanitation procedures for high exposure areas will be made hourly.”
She believes these strict health and safety standards will be in place for quite some time. And tough it can be a lot to deal with, Alaina has learned a pretty important lesson during all this.
“This virus made me really slow down and realize how much we can be overworked and over encumbered with so many different things in a day,” she shares. “It has encouraged me to be more thoughtful of how easy it is to ‘burn out’ in a client-based industry.”
Hairstylist and Color Specialist at Ultrafade by Rich Christine Tran Based in Sydney, Australia
Christine hasn’t experienced too intense of a change when it comes to her daily routine.
“My routine as a stylist has not changed dramatically, she says. “Previous to this, there were already hygiene practices implemented in everyday salon life. With the help of my team, the amplification of disinfecting practices has been manageable. We have not had any issues arise and are lucky to have cooperative clients.”
Apart from sanitizing and keeping their distance, Christine’s salon in Australia has started asking screener questions.
“Previous to booking in clients, screening questions that are asked include ‘have you traveled overseas or on a cruise ship in the past 14 days,’ do you have any symptoms of COVID-19,’ ‘have you been in contact with anyone with the virus,’ and ‘if so have you been tested?'”
How many clients Christine sees and how often has changed quite a bit since the virus hit.
“Post-coronavirus, there are now less clients in the salon at one time,” she shares. “As we adhere to the government regulation of one client per four square meters rule, we are unable to double book ourselves now. For a full bleach, toner, and cut service, it takes on average six to eight hours. This means I have only been able to work on one client a day. For toning services, I am able to fit in three clients a day, with appointments running between two to three hours.”
Because some clients haven’t been coming in as often, there has been a problem with regrowth.
“Services themselves also become more difficult when the clients regrowth is longer than six months, Christine says. “The longer the clients regrowth, the more jagged the regrowth line becomes, increasing the chances of breakage. It’s also less likely I would be able to clear out the band in one session.”
Hairstylist and owner of The Beauty Can Laura Rugetti Based in Calabasas, California
Laura has already dealt with a coronavirus scare two weeks after reopening her salon in early June. Even though everything worked out fine, she hasn’t slowed down on any precautions.
“I definitely can’t double book,” she says. “So when you’re normally doing 10 clients a day, it will be half that, which is financially a little harder.”
In line with some other stylists, Laura will also be making house calls.
“A lot of my older clients and also clients with health conditions I will do house calls for,” she notes.
When it comes to the future of hair appointments, Laura isn’t entirely sure what to expect.
“It’s so hard to tell, because I do feel like the virus is getting worse,” she shares. “Lots of clients have been canceling, because they have been exposed or not feeling well. On a positive note, I get to spend more one-on-one time with my clients.”