Lab suits, gloves and visors: The new protective gear at salons
Most salons have already placed orders for protective gear for their teams and are also giving them training on how to use these. “The safety of our team members and customers is our key focus area. We will have protective gear like masks, gloves, visors for our team. We will be using single-use kits for 90% of services,” says Pushkaraj Shenai, CEO, Lakme Salon. Aashmeen Munjaal, Director, Star Salons & Academy, shares, “We have ordered disposable full body suits for our employees. These can be disposed off after a week and we have also ordered more gloves for our team members. Besides sanitising the tools, we will also have sanitising tunnels outside the salon so that people enter and leave by sanitising themselves.”
Temperature checks, politely refusing an appointment and social distancing at parlours
Don’t be disheartened if your salon refuses to offer you a service because you have cold or flu-like symptoms from now on. “We will have mandatory temperature screenings for all employees and walk-ins. Our operations would be done at 50% capacity, ensuring no crowding. Consultations and services will be provided by appointment only, further ensuring social distancing,” explains Jayant Khosla, Managing Director & Group Head, VLCC.
Adding to this, Seema Nanda, Founder-Director, Estetico The Facial Bar & The Nomadic Spalon, says, “We plan to space out our client appointment so that there is no waiting time, thus ensuring that social distancing is maintained. A consent form will be sent via message when the booking is confirmed for the client to duly sign and send back. Our staff will be wearing PPE suit kits (head-to-toe gown, shoe cover, gloves, face mask, etc). While entering the salon, temperature check will be done and people will be given hand sanitizer, a disposable mask and shoe cover. A disposable kit is further being designed for the client with one-time brush, spatula, towels and tissues, and clients can avail this during the treatments, to be doubly sure of hygiene levels.”
Some parlours will also be refusing an appointment if you will fall in the “high risk groups”. “We will have rigorous and continuous screening of salon team members and customers via the Aarogya Setu app. Clients in high risk groups will be advised not to get treatments,” says Pushkaraj Shenai.