How salon and grooming businesses are gearing up to reopen. Picture: Delbeautybox from Pexels
How salon and grooming businesses are gearing up to reopen. Picture: Delbeautybox from Pexels

Level 3: How salon and grooming businesses are gearing up to reopen

By Thobile Mazibuko Time of article published Jun 22, 2020

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After three months of not being able to operate due to the national lockdown caused by the coronavirus global pandemic, the hair and beauty industry is finally back in business.

This comes after President Cyril Ramaphosa announced on June 17 that personal care services, including hairdressers and beauty services, can now open.

Salons like Hairitage Salon 99, who have been waiting for this opportunity, wasted no time and opened all its branches on June 20.

Taking to Instagram, they announced that although they are back in business, only people who have booked their treatment will be attended to and no walk-ins will be allowed. This is to ensure that they abide by the lockdown safety regulations, especially by minimising the number of people in the store at any given time.

The statement by Hairitage Salon 99 read: "Although our new normal may be a bit abnormal some things are going to look unrecognisable, but we wish to assure you that we'll be following all the safety measures and procedures, according to the Personal Care Protocols. This is to protect you and our staff members.

“The following measures have been put into place and we request your understanding in this: Staff and clients, upon arrival, will be: wearing masks, hand sanitised, and temperature-checked.” 

At Legends Barber they will open June 27 with a special - they will be giving away free cuts to all the customers. All you have to do is bring a blanket and/or non-perishable food items for donation so that the salon’s team can donate to those in need.

Things haven't been easy Indalo Nubian Naturals as they had to close down the Johannesburg branch due to the rent costs that kept piling up with no income. However, the Pretoria branch will start operating on June 23.

The new rules at Indalo Nubian Naturals include the following: "15-minute intervals for cleaning after services, no handshakes or any body touching, no magazines or newspapers, only services booked for will be done and no luggage or bags are allowed in the salon.”

Some of the salons are still not open yet as they are working on adjusting to the “new normal”.

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