Guidelines for transitioning back to work after the COVID-19 closure.
Social Distancing Suggestions
It is REQUIRED that you work by appointment only.Any walk ins should be directed to come back for a scheduled appointment.
It is suggested that you:
Consider using a digital calendar to track appointments.
Appointments should not be “double-booked” to adhere to proper social distancing protocols and allow time for proper disinfection. Appointments should be spaced out to allow for proper disinfection contact time.
Use modified start times (ex: 10:00, 10:15, 10:30) so guests arrive in intervals to reduce the number of people in areas at the same time.
Names and contact information should be collected for all services to aid in contact tracing.
Confirm upon scheduling that clients are not symptomatic and/or have not been exposed to COVID-19. Checking temperatures is not required. If you choose to do so, be aware that some individuals might be asymptomatic and only touch-less infrared thermometers should be used
Limit people in lobby areas (ask for clients to wait in cars or outside, provide a text or call when they are able to enter).
Request that no additional people attend the appointment.
Consider expanding operational hours to reduce the number of people in the salon at the same time.
Utilize cashless/cardless/touchless payment systems or apps.
Limit Non-Service Related Touching (greetings and salutations) as well as up-close, direct face-to-face contact (during services)
Salon waiting areas and service areas may need to be adapted to social distance (6 feet). This can be accomplished by removing service stations OR by using dividers/partitions between service areas. If preferred, nail technicians may use clear partitions between themselves and clients during manicure services.
Suspend the use of beverage stations or complimentary food items.
Follow all state-mandated practices already in place for infection prevention.
Arrive early or stay late to properly sanitize and disinfect.
Consider scheduling blocks of time to disinfect between each client or use “downtime” (ex: during a soak off or color processing).
Consider having extra tools/implements to use when others are waiting to be disinfected.
Remove testers, magazines, and other frequently touched items that cannot be disinfected.
Utilize clean linens (including capes and duvets) for every client (even if your state law does not require). Disposable gowns are also an option.
Suggest that all team members assist one another in cleaning and disinfecting throughout the day. Use teamwork and consider using any/all staff to assist.
Cleaning and disinfection of salon common areas and frequently touched areas should be done at regular intervals throughout the day.
In accordance with the Governor's directive, the Board of Cosmetology requires that all licencees wear face masks/coverings. Masks should be worn especially during “face to face” services such as manicures, shampoo services, etc. Face shields may also be used. **Eye-protection is recommended when mixing chemicals per manufacturer's instructions.
It is recommended that long hair be pulled back so that it does not interfere with facial masks and coverings.
Some PPE may not be readily available. Don’t panic! PPE is effective when properly used and regularly changed therefore gowns and gloves are not necessary items in salons or during services. You may use homemade cloth masks as alternatives.
Gloves are NOT necessary and DO NOT replace hand washing. Wear gloves for services that require them (such as chemical services or extractions). Wash hands regularly, before, during, and at the end of the service.
State law requires that licensees wear clean garments while performing services. At this time, it is not required that clothes, aprons, smocks, etc be changed between clients (even for body treatments or similar services where there is prolonged contact). However, clothing items, smocks and aprons can be used but should be cleaned daily.
It is suggested, whenever possible, consider shortening services (skip the shampoo or style, if possible). This will not only reduce the amount of person to person contact, it will also minimize the amount of areas and items that are required to be cleaned and disinfected between clients (i.e the shampoo bowl and chair).
It is suggested, whenever possible, limit the use of facial steamers, blow dryers, and hood dryers to reduce potential airborne pathogens being spread through the air. It is recommended that when using this equipment, extra caution be taken and face shields be worn. If you must perform these services, be upfront with your client about potential risks. **Scientific data regarding whether COVID-19 is transmittable as an airborne pathogen is evolving. The suggestion to limit or discontinue services that circulate air and steam is a best practice measure. It’s recommended air filters be changed regularly.
For waxing services, use a wax collar and dispose of it after each waxing service. Always use disposable applicators and discard immediately after use. Never double dip wax applicators!
For services that require the client to remove a mask, we recommend the licensed technician take extra precautions and wear a face shield.
For all service products: use applicators and discard/disinfect immediately after use. Never double dip product applicators!
Consider only allowing licensees to handle products. The licensed beauty professional can get retail products for clients directly or for service products, the licensee should get the product directly (i.e nail polish bottle).
For threading services, masks must be worn and the thread can only be held by the hands. Until otherwise advised, threaders cannot place the thread in their mouths.
Share your plans!
Post information or signage about what you’re doing to mitigate the spread, so people are aware, comfortable and know what they can expect during the service.
Wash Your Hands!
Regular hand washing can help prevent illness. Everyone should wash their hands before a service begins, especially before nail services. Encourage both staff and clients to wash their hands regularly.
Stay Home if You're Sick!
Stay home if you're sick and encourage clients to do the same. Decline services if a client exhibits any signs of infectious disease. If an employee tests positive, employers should contact OSHA.