The COVID-19 pandemic has impacted our lives in innumerable ways. Entire industries have been shut down while others have been able to transition to work from home. Many of us are trying to balance working while adding a second job – teaching our kids. The pandemic has opened our eyes to understanding how diseases are spread and how spoiled we are in our ability to access health and self-care providers like chiropractors, physiotherapists, aestheticians, and hairdressers. People have been counting the time that has passed during our COVID-19 lock down in different ways. When we shut down in Ontario, it was right before a hair appointment. Next Friday will mark 15 weeks since I have had a cut and colour - I am beginning to get desperate.
As hair salons are opening back up in North America, questions are abounding in how best to set protocols to ensure the health and safety of both the stylist and client. One of the questions that has popped up is if hair dryers will contribute to the spread of COVID-19. While I hate to admit that there is anything that may slow down my salon from opening, on the surface the idea that hair dryers can spread COVID-19 has some merit. While there is no concrete evidence that hair dryers can contribute to transmission of diseases, the fact that they spread air around means while unlikely, there is a possibility. Well, a possibility if someone coughs into the hair dryer so that the respiratory droplets can be spread around.
The following are some tips in how a hair salon can open up safely:
- Screen clients before appointments to make sure they do not have a fever, cough, or shortness of breath.
- Minimize the amount of people in the salon by having customers wait outside until they have been called in for their appointment.
- As clients to minimize what they bring into the salon.
- Have clients sanitize their hands upon arrival and wear masks.
- Use disinfectant wipes to disinfect chairs and surfaces between clients.
The long and the short, is while we are concerned with COVID-19, and rightly so, influenza, norovirus and other pathogens are around throughout the year. Influenza kills 1,000’s upon 1000’s of people each year. Our diligence in looking after our health and the health of our clients needs to be thought of daily and not just because we have a global pandemic.