Friday, March 31

Salons undergo changes, adjust to new normal

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Those who have been fretting over their wild manes and forcefully grown beards can finally breathe easy as most of the salons across the city have geared up to open on Thursday. However, a slew of changes has been brought in and most of the salon owners said they would rehearse throughout Wednesday before receiving clients from Thursday.

The salon owners have been flooded with phone calls ever since the news of relaxation reached their clients. Each appointment list has many clients in the waiting as walking in salons like normal days will no longer be possible in the present times.

While men vie with women in getting appointments of their hairdressers, the latter have been told to keep their vanities on hold for the time being since most beauty therapies, which need close contacts, will not be available temporarily. So, hair styling, pedicure-manicure and waxing are among the few services that clients will have to remain satisfied with at present.

Most salons have procured PPE gears, complete with medical personnel- like overalls, for their staffers to wear while attending to their clients. Apart from the routine temperature scanning of staffers and sanitization of the salon twice a day, all equipment will be sanitized in front of the client before the service. Most salons have also given up the use of cotton towels and traditional hair sheets or bedsheets that have been replaced by disposable towels and sheets. This will raise the charges to be paid by the clients, but many of them welcome the changes.

All the five high street salons of Eye Catchers have procured PPE gears, N-95 masks for its staff, who will wear the gear and practise on Wednesday, said the proprietor Vinay Rungta. “It will definitely feel funny, but we cannot take any risk now,” said Dorothy Chang, hairdresser at the salon. Similar changes are being brought in the salon chains like Head Turners, A N John, Tony and Guy and Glamour Boutique. “We will bring in single use cartridges for waxing,” said Sudipto Mitra of Glamour Boutique.


Source: Times of India

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