For three months, the UK has been under lockdown.
Now, in just a few short weeks, England will begin to open up again.
Pubs, restaurants, bars and hairdressers will be allowed to reopen on July 4.
That’s right, salons are finally back!
And, thousands of us are more than ready to have our greys coloured and our split ends snipped by a qualified stylist.
After all, the bathroom trims were not the most successful…
But, the coronavirus pandemic is far from over.
Your hair salon will look very different from the one you remember.
So what will have changed?
Opening hours may be altered
Some salons, like Cantebury’s The Chair, will be opening from midnight until 4pm on July 4 to deal with the backlog of clients.
Owner Katie Hancock told The Daily Mail : “Obviously the health and safety of our clients and stylists is the priority.
“All of our services will take a bit longer than usual.”
However, others may extend their hours later in the day as there are capacity cut offs in place.
Live True London will be open from 7am until 11pm to accommodate its clients.
Check the website of your salon to see their new opening hours.
There may be a waiting list
Three months worth of clients will be wanting an appointment all at once.
And, this will be combined with fewer clients being treated.
So your salon could have a waiting list.
In fact, it’s likely that you’ll have to call and make an appointment well in advance before you’re able to be seen.
Some salons have reported waiting lists in the thousands.
The Toni & Guy website states: “We will make Online Bookings available as soon as we have accommodated cancelled appointments and our Waiting List.”
This is likely to be the case among most hair dressers.
Do not try to book in the salon – call or visit the website to get an appointment.
PPE will be used in salons
The British Beauty Council has recommended that all staff wear gloves and a mask.
There will also be perspectives screens above washing basins and at the main desk.
Customers will likely not be made to wear a mask, but you may choose to.
London salon owner Gennaro Dell’Aquila, said: “When the customers comes in we will measure their temperature with a scanner and antibacterial gel will be offered along with two face masks (in case one gets dirty).
“Our staff will also wear a mask and gloves and be have their temperature measured three to five times per day.”
Social distancing will be implemented
Your hairdresser may choose to create a one-way system in their salon to stop interaction between too many people.
Customer daily quotas may be in place to comply with distancing rules.
Chairs will be spaced out either one metre or two metres apart.
You won’t get coffee and magazines
While it might be one of the nicest parts of a trip to the salon you will not get drinks or reading material.
This is likely because communal items may spread the virus between customers and staff.
You may even have to leave your belongings in a cupboard or locker.
You will be given a health questionnaire
In most salons you will have to fill in a document detailing your health information.
It may also ask about your movements in the week prior to the appointment.
Salons could ask you to wash your hair before treatment to reduce the risk of the virus spreading.
Some services will not be available
Blow dries will most likely not be offered.
This is because hair dryers could blast viruses and particles around the room.
Kat De Rozario, hair stylist at Josh Wood Atelier, told Stylist : “Due to the potential risk of the virus being transmitted through swift airflow and to reduce the time and volume of people in salons, what is apparent is the need to cut down, or out, blow drying the hair.
“Essentially, whether hair is long or short, the cut needs to aid styling so it can dry naturally without the need for a blow dry.”
To reduce excessive contact, treatments like head massages may be taken off the menu.
In some salons, you may even be asked to return home and wash your hair there.
Gina Conway of Aveda Salons & Spas will be offering a “Tint and Go” service, reports the Telegraph.
Clients will have their dye applied by a colourist before being given instructions to remove it at home.
Prices may go up
As fewer clients can be seen each day, and hairdressers now need to buy PPE to treat clients, prices may rise.
Gennaro commented to The Sun : “Prices will go up because we have been working on improving everything over these months to fight the crisis.
“Also with the new PPE equipment needed and sterilisation for things like brushes and scissors, prices have to increase to reflect that.”