Many beauty salons started to open after Lockdown 1 in the UK and many people started to get back into their usual beauty routines. However, whilst we’re still in the midst of a pandemic, things may be different to normal when it’s time for lash extensions or infills again.
- Many salons are operating at a reduced capacity so unfortunately no friends, boyfriends or girlfriends (or even parents) are allowed into appointments for social distance reasons. Most salons are now only operating at a 25% capacity, meaning there is only room for the client.
- Most salons are now using ventilation systems or keeping windows or doors open to keep a fresh flow of air throughout the space at all times. Whilst lash techs have to get up close to give their clients the treatments, knowing the salon is well ventilated could lift the weight off some clients’ shoulders and they can relax during the appointment.
- Some salons are also asking for a proof of COVID testing before arrival. As we all know, if a salon had a positive Coronavirus case, they would have to close operating until they know the space is safe again. To reduce this risk, it is not uncommon if a lash tech asks for proof of a recent COVID test so they feel safe having customers in and out of the salon.
- Regular sanitisation is now the ‘new normal’ and with this in mind, many salons are now taking extra steps to ensure their salons are clean. Most salons will wipe down surfaces between each appointment and only use cashless card machines to take payments. Some salons even go as far to have everything in disposable form which they can throw away after each appointment, to reduce any risk of spreading the virus. The lash techs will commonly wear full PPE with masks, shields and gloves to protect themselves and their clients and most staff have taken the barbicide certification course which teaches how to thoroughly clean tools.
- Whilst the lash technicians are in full PPE, it is also required for the client to wear a mask at all times too. This ensures that both the client and the technician are both as safe as can be during the appointment.
- Of course, even though these precautions are in place, there is still risk that an infection may take place. It is important to know the risks before attending an appointment.