Thinking of visiting a hair salon below level 4? Here are 7 red safety flags to watch out for



  • On Sunday evening, President Cyril Ramaphosa announced that an adjusted Level 4 lockdown as the third wave permeates Gauteng and the rest of the country.
  • The president encouraged those who can work from home to do so, but all companies can continue to provide services as usual, with the exception of alcohol and Restaurants.
  • So what does this mean for our safety in hair and beauty salons? Here, we give you warning signs of a hair salon that it is probably not safe to visit during the lockdown.

The easing of foreclosure regulations is good news for several service providers and business owners in South Africa. It is a much needed economic relief for many.

As a customer, you are also probably delighted that you can continue to maintain your regrowth, eyebrows and exposed cuticles, but also that you can continue to support them again … legally.

Come on, we know some pals have sneakily called their hairdressers for clandestine house calls.

Either way, if you’ve never taken on the challenge of braiding your own Sho Madjozi hair, you must be more excited than a kid at Christmas to have your hair braided, let alone the feel of that head massage you get when they wash your hair.

READ MORE: Channel Your Inner Sho Madjozi And Braid Your Own Hair At Home – 5 Easy Styles To Try

But how safe will it be?

I was both intrigued and impressed with the security measures in my dentist’s office (thanks to them for being two women of color) when I visited them several times during the lockdown. At the entrance, the receptionist opens the door for you using a remote control, checks your temperature from outside the door, gives you PPE for your shoes and your head, all from the non-disinfected entrance .

Once the PPE is on your shoes, you must go to the other side of the demarcated line, where you will then put your handbag and mask back to place in a ziplock bag. The receptionist dresses you in a plastic apron. You are then asked to rinse your mouth and wash your hands … after which you cannot touch your phone until you have seen the dentist.

I would love it to be the experience of visiting your hairstylist, nail technician and tattoo artist in level 3 containment. But I am both an idealist and an extremist, who made the personal decision to continue with DIY beauty. .

However, for those who want to use the adjusted level 4 lock, we want you to do so in the safest way possible.

The UK’s first secure hairdressing salon – in Amersham, England – reportedly implemented new procedures earlier this month ahead of some businesses reopening from July 4, 2020. The salon braced for reopening with new protective measures against Covid-19 using PPE, screens and cleaning tools. Hairdressers dressed in full PPE including apron, face mask, visor and gloves. Customers were also provided with PPE upon arrival.

The salon said it will no longer accept cash, using card payments. In addition to this, ground markings were used to ensure that social distancing was maintained.

READ MORE: Here’s how UK’s ‘first secure hair salon’ plans to keep Covid-19 at bay when it reopens

Using this salon as a kind of model, we are also giving you some red flags to look out for when visiting your barber:

First of all, Business Insider Australia pointed out that “since you cannot distance yourself socially while having your hair cut, it is important to weigh your personal risk before going to a salon. “I will also add that the days when your barber looked after you and another client at the same time are over now … for safety reasons.

Now let’s get our notebooks out for the red flags.

There is no mask / PPE wearing policy

Right now, any establishment that still does not have a mask policy must maintain a social distance as wide as the gap between Caster and its competition. More importantly, salons should now probably try by all means to provide single-use PPE to customers i.e. aprons and caps.

There is no reduced capacity

Under ordinary circumstances unrelated to Covid, a living room would typically contain no more than 40 occupants even at the end of the month and you can’t avoid all the commotion. If a salon complies with social distancing measures, capacity will be reduced afterwards as well.

They don’t clean equipment regularly

We have become super vigilant about cleanliness and hygiene in our own homes, and we expect public facilities to be even more so. BI Australia note that you should ask the following questions; “Ask if they regularly clean surfaces, doorknobs and tools. Do they do it once a day, between clients, or don’t they do it at all? “

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The chairs are not separated

If I can compliment the scent you wear during a pandemic, you are sitting / standing too close.

Walk-ins are allowed

Allowing walk-ins creates possibilities for capacity violations.

“Any situation where you’re going to have a number of people sitting and waiting for a long time is a high risk situation. You really want to look for hair salons or hair salons that only take clients by appointment, ”says BI Australia.

Employee health is not monitored daily

Just as you may be exposed to the virus as a client, so too is your hairdresser – perhaps even more so, as they will be looking after several people for hours on a daily basis. Ask if the facility ensures that staff are healthy daily and also checks their temperature.

Temperature checks are not carried out

While asymptomatic patients don’t necessarily have a discordant temperature reading, it can be reassuring to know that your hair salon is checking anyway.

You have the right to ask

An expert who spoke to BI Australia points out that you have the right to ask questions about their safety precautions. “Even personally, if I go to an establishment and I don’t see a sign on the front door that says,” Please don’t come in if you are sick or have symptoms, wear a mask. , please. “then I probably won’t go in.

“I have to be the one who is responsible for my own health. If I want to take the risk of going to a barber shop or a barbershop, it’s also up to me to do your due diligence, to ask the questions. and really look for establishments that take the right steps to protect their employees and customers, ”said Dr. Michael Knight, physician of internal medicine at George Washington University.

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That said, if you’re still reluctant to break out of this newly created Level 4, you might find this article on how to soak your nails at home useful, as well as these six DIY beauty skills some of us finally got it under control during lockdown.

Additional source: Business Insider Australia

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