Coronavirus Measures: Hairdressers Explain Services They Will & Won’t Offer

Lauren Simmonds

As Poslovni Dnevnik writes on the 25th of April, 2020, Croatia’s hairdressers, pedicurists, beauticians and others in similar businesses that involve close contact with customers are set to resume operations on May the 4th, 2020 as the anti-coronavirus measures begin being loosened. They have not yet received full instructions on all of the prerequisites they’ll need to satisfy, but they’re already busy preparing themselves.

Split-based hairdresser and educator, who was until recently the president of the Hairdressers and Beauticians Guild at the Croatian Chamber of Trades and Crafts, Joško Tafra, says that hairdressers are already talking to each other about what their work will look like from May the 4th onwards, and these discussions will likely continue until they receive some official measures and rules.

”I know how things will look in my two salons, which are in Split and in Omis. There will be a sponge with shoe disinfectant at the entrance, and customers will have to wash their hands and then disinfect them upon entering. They’ll be given a mask, which we hairdressers have been talking a lot about these days. It will be impossible to style the hair, namely, with a mask attached behind the ear, or worse, tied around the head, so I tried something out, and it works – the masks will be ”plastered” to the face,” Tafra explained to 24sata.

”Only the tools are touched by us anyway, the customer doesn’t touch them, and it is disinfected. Clients will receive, in addition to a mask, a gown that is subsequently boil-washed, and we’ll also disinfect the entire chair, especially the handrails, the front panels, everything, after we’re done with each client. Because of all these procedures, haircuts will take about half an hour longer, so we’ll think about that when slotting in clients,” added the hairdresser.

So far, he said, only people needing a trim after the coronavirus measures are lifted will be booking appointments, while there will be no more complicated procedures which typically take much longer to do.

In addition to that, he says that men won’t be booking appointments to be shaved and to have their beards trimmed. If it turns out that the hairdresser’s obligation is to wear a visor, Tafra says, then it’s going to be very tiring, as the hairdresser is going to be working with a hair dryer, appliances that work on hear, meaning the temperature will generally get higher, and the visor will mist over.

All hairdressers will also need to masks, and Tafra thinks that visors aren’t needed. Whether or not Croatia’s epidemiologists will still prescribe hairdressers with the need to take temperature measurements when customers enter salons will be seen in a few days.

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