The last lockdown ended in March 2021, with salons reopen from 12th April 2021, but lots of us still haven’t yet ventured back to the beauty therapist. It’ll come as no surprise to learn that the salon experience is different now to how it was before Covid. These changes are part of keeping salon clients and staff safe in our nationwide coronavirus response.
As we’re now in the midst of peak holiday time, one of the most popular beauty treatments currently is waxes. After all, our bodies need to get beach (or poolside!) ready. So, that’s the focus here – waxing – and what to expect at your next appointment. Without further ado…
1. More pain
Did you resort to shaving during lockdown to keep on top of hair regrowth? If yes, your first wax may be more painful than previously. That’s because shaving strengthens the hair and makes the skin more sensitive in contrast to waxing which thins and softens the hair. Don’t worry, though, you won’t have totally undone all your time spent waxing pre-Covid. You’ll soon be back to where you were, once you’ve overcome any initial discomfort.
2. Limited services
Salons will be operating at lower capacity which means that not all services will be on offer and not all products available to choose from. If you’re accustomed to picking a certain type of wax, be prepared to discover it’s temporarily out of use, for example hot wax only, as cold wax could pose a higher risk of transmitting bacteria.
3. PPE gear for salon staff
The safeguarding measures likely to be in place include your therapist wearing personal protective equipment in the form of gloves, disposable aprons and masks or visors. This should be somewhat familiar if you’ve visited your hair salon post-lockdown; although it’s likely to be on a bigger scale at the beauty salon due to the greater degree of physical contact involved in treatments.
4. Checks undertaken on salon clients
In order to maintain a safe environment for each client, you may have your temperature taken using an infrared thermometer as well as being asked questions regarding your health and that of your immediate family, to check for evidence of Covid-19 symptoms. Even though mask wearing restrictions were lifted on 19th July, you might be requested to wear a mask too, due to the close-contact nature of the beauty industry.
5. Punctuality requirements
As already mentioned, salons are contending with less capacity to comply with social distancing. You’ll need to turn up on time and not cancel at the last minute. There could be new 24-48 hour notice periods in force for rescheduling appointments. While arriving on time is mandatory, being early is an issue. You may have to wait outside until your allocated appointment slot due to limitations on the number of people in the salon at any one time.
6. Belongings and payments
You could be asked to bring along fewer belongings – bags and coats – as they’re considered an unnecessary additional contact point. No cloakroom service will be the norm for the foreseeable future. Payment will probably be by card rather than cash for the same reasons of reducing contact – in this case, relating to banknotes and coins.
Rather than these salon transformations being a bad thing, they actually combine to make your salon visit more efficient, sleek and professional. You’ll feel all the better for it. And safer too.
Ending with a note of advice, to prepare for your salon wax job, make sure your hair is sufficiently long (the recommendation is around 1cm) so that the wax sticks. It’s also a good idea to gently exfoliate with a body scrub or mitt so that there’s less wax-skin contact to lessen the pain.
A word of warning too, to guarantee your waxing treatment goes to plan, select a reputable beauty therapist ideally from a recommendation. We’re specialist legal advisors in claims against beauty therapists and salons and see what happens when waxing goes awry – the side effects range from redness and inflammation to bruised and burned skin.
Anyone who suffers harm by their beauty therapist is invited to speak to our team about making a claim for beauty salon negligence. Get in touch by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org, calling 0800 141 3682 or 0333 202 6560, or completing our online enquiry form.