HBS 2020 Hair Jury guide hairdressers on the hair services to offer or restrict, post lockdown.

The COVID-19 pandemic has resulted in grown out haircuts, unkempt beardsand moustaches and roots showing in most of your clients. The wait for grooming has become perpetual. Nonetheless, the stylists have stood by their clients through the quarantine in helping them with creative ways to look good.

With the lockdown is easing in different parts of India, SSWEEKLY asked the HBS Hair Jury Members Najeeb Ur Rehman, Seema V Jerajani, Savio John Pereira, Adhuna Akhtar, Nitin Manchanda, Ity Agrawal, Michel Balthazar, Asha Hariharan, Natasha Naegamwala, Bony Sasidharan, Vikram Mohan and Ryan D’Rozario their advice regarding hair services that could be done and those which must be avoided post the lockdown.

What Our HBS Hair Jury advise you:

For Asha Hariharan, Founder & Director, Beyond the Fringe Salons, Mumbai, hygiene comes first, and then the services. According to her –
Do – “Haircuts and other basic services that allow less personal contact; colouring; root touch-up for those with graying hair.”

Natasha Naegamwala, Director, Nalini of Nalini & Yasmin Salon, Mumbai mentions she has been in touch with her clients all through the lockdown guiding them. Her dos and don’ts include:

Do – MAINLY “must need services” like haircuts, root touch-ups and colour corrections.

Also – Ask clients to bring their own water bottles/ towels; we assure our tools will be sanitized.

Vikram Mohan, CEO & Co Founder of Spalon – Bounce, Bangalore specifies offering the following services –

Do – Haircuts; Hair spa; Hair colouring; Waxing and Mani/pedi services.

Avoid – facials, threading services, beard grooming, shaving, eyelash extensions and body spa services as these include more human contact

Bony Sasidharan, National Key Accounts Manager (PPS) at Schwarzkopf Professional, Chennai advises –

Do – Keep buffer time to sanitize the salon or workstations; have remote consultation if possible so we can get the appointment fixed; offer quick services based on the client’s needs.
Avoid- reusing towels and other equipment for other clients.”

Ryan D’Rozario, Director & Owner, Salon MUAH, Mumbai says he has been discussing with his team and has made strict hygiene policies that include –

Do – minimum talking with clients; use of PPE suits, gloves and masks while working; advance consultations; surface sanitization for the whole salon etc.

It is very important to remember that The Beauty & Wellness Sector Skill Council (B&WSSC) has given out strict hygiene guidelines with attention to detail for salons and spas on their website.

B&WSSC – Guidelines at A Glance

  • Maintain a suitable distance with the client
  • Wear disposable N95 triple-layered surgical masks, aprons, caps and face shields while working
  • Ensure the hydraulic chairs and equipment are disinfected after every use
  • Dispose the used products/tools properly
  • Use 70% alcohol to sanitize the equipment

Following the advice of the HBS Hair Jury, safety protocols and restrictions can prevent the transmission of coronavirus. Beauty services are on their way to get back on track to help you redefine your looks.