Here’s What It’s Like to Get a Haircut After the Coronavirus Lockdown
When businesses across the globe closed down to prevent the spread of the novel coronavirus, one of the first things to go was regular trips to the hair salon. Now, reopenings are underway in all 50 states in at least some capacity, much to the relief of anyone who’s been in desperate need of a root touch-up or trim. Personally, I couldn’t wait to have my split ends chopped off, and call it journalistic curiosity, but I was curious to find out exactly what changes salons have had to make to comply with strict safety precautions and guidelines in place.
Hair salons fall into the “close contact services” category, which means salon-owners have gone to great lengths (ahem, pun intended) to ensure their spaces are safe for staff and clients. Honestly, I didn’t know what to expect when I walked into the salon on Tuesday morning. Like many of us, I’m out of practice when it comes to socialising or having people all up in my personal space – but I was very pleasantly surprised.
My first post-lockdown trip to the hair salon was uneventful. Anyone who’s visited the supermarket in the past four months wouldn’t be surprised by the precautions in place to keep everyone safe. For my trip, I visited Live True’s Vauxhall and Nine Elms salon, and when booking my appointment through the salon’s website, I was alerted to the additional COVID-19 procedures. It was at this time that I was advised that while masks wouldn’t be mandatory, you are welcome to wear one while in the salon – additionally, they would be available to purchase. By comparison, the salon I visit for my colour (Larry King Salon in South Kensington) has made masks mandatory for all clients, so it’s definitely worth checking this before turning up for your appointment.