One of the hardest parts of lockdown for a lot of people was not being able to go to the hairdressers. Sure, with a pair of scissors, you could easily give yourself a DIY haircut. However, there’s a reason why professionals get paid to do this job, and that’s because they know what they’re doing.
Now that certain restrictions have lifted, hairdressers have once again reopened and are busier than ever. You might be eager to jump on the bandwagon and get those lockdown locks dealt with. However, you may also be nervous about going to the hairdressers, given that the virus is still looming over us. If that’s the case, you’ll want to keep these tips in mind to stay safe.
Book An Appointment
How often do you book an appointment to get your haircut? Most people do because there’s no assurance they’ll be seen if they just show up unexpectedly.
That’s good, given that hair salons are meant to operate via an appointment-only system right now. It’s one of the many rules in place to ensure that close-contact services keep customers safe. Hairdressers are supposed to work out how many people they can safely accommodate at one time then reflect that in the booking availability.
If this system isn’t in place somewhere, you may have reason to doubt they aren’t doing everything they’re supposed to. You may get seen sooner at such a place, but it won’t do your anxiety any good.
Go Somewhere With Excellent Cleaning Habits
Cleanliness can make a big difference in whether or not somewhere is safe for you to visit right now. A hair salon that maintains excellent hygiene through a regular cleaning routine will protect you far more than one that leaves everything up to chance.
Something worth looking out for is the use of a disinfectant fogger. Companies like Ideal Cleaning use this as part of their cleaning services to tackle COVID-19 and reduce the risk of infection in public spaces. Fogging machines can kill all but 0.0001% of germs, so you know that any establishment that uses this will be safer than most.
Other hygiene procedures to take note of include the frequent cleaning of tools and washing of hands. If a hair salon has these elements in place, you should feel a bit more at ease when you go there.
Wear A Mask
Unless you’re exempt, you should still be wearing a face mask whenever you’re inside public spaces. Studies show how effective they are at reducing the transmission of COVID-19, and that’s essential while people still aren’t vaccinated.
While wearing one during a haircut might seem strange, both you and your hairdresser need this protection in place. Many salons don’t tend to be that big, so having everyone breathing openly could be a significant risk.
Eventually, you won’t have to wear these things everywhere you go. Right now, though, one of the best ways you can keep safe during a haircut is to have a mask on.
Demand for haircuts has been so high recently that you might consider shopping around to get your lockdown hair dealt with. If you do that, though, make sure you trust that whichever salon you go to, you’ll be safe. Your hair can handle another couple of weeks as it is if it means you won’t be in any danger.