Surely, all of us are counting down the days until our area is placed under GCQ, because that will mean that salons, barbershops, and other personal care establishments will finally be allowed to reopen their doors. But in this "new normal," we should expect a wholly different salon experience from our last cut and color. To find out what kind of changes we should expect, we reached out to Jing Monis Salon and Henri Calayag Salon to ask about their plans:
1. Most salons will be by-appointment only.
Both salons tell Preview that they will not be accepting walk-ins once they reopen. Instead, clients will need to book their appointments in advance online or via phone to have a guaranteed slot. Jing Monis Salon reveals that they'll also require clients to fulfill a medical declaration form a day or two before an appointment to guarantee that they're healthy enough to be around their staff. Although this might only apply to major salon chains, this policy could make tracking who enters the premises easier!
Limiting entry to booked clients also means that your companions won't be able to wait for you inside the salon. Also, try to arrive five minutes before your appointment so you won't need to stay in the waiting area (some places might not even allow you to).
2. You'll get your temperature checked before entering.
Mandatory temperature checks will for sure be part of the "new normal," and beauty establishments aren't an exception. Hence, if you're exhibiting any flu-like symptoms, do stay home and reschedule or you won't be allowed inside!
3. Expect salons to have limited capacity.
Community quarantine guidelines by the Inter-Agency Task Force for the Management of Emerging Infectious Diseases (IATF) states that personal care businesses like salons can operate "at a maximum of 50% of venue capacity" during GCQ to continously observe proper physical distancing. Also, businesses need to have their safety protocols accredited by the Department of Tourism (DTI) before being allowed to reopen (which could be sooner than you think!).
According to Henri Calayag Salon, their other in-salon physical distancing efforts include maintaining a two-meter distance between clients and having an assigned seat for each hairdresser and their respective clients. Each client will also be allotted two hours before the next client will be accommodated.
4. You'll still need to wear your own PPEs inside.
Wearing face masks during your stay inside the salon will most likely be mandatory, too. In fact, some might even have a "no face mask, no entry" policy like Jing Monis Salon to ensure the safety of both their staff and clients. It might feel a bit stuffy (especially if you're having your hair colored), but it's for the best!
Speaking of PPEs, many salons are looking into changing their staff uniform to keep themselves protected as well. Bench Fix, for one, posted photos of their staff in the provinces wearing specialized PPE suits. Meanwhile, Jing Monis Salon says that they will temporarily require staff to prepare a separate change of clothes for work and for travel once they reopen.
5. You could have the option to bring or buy your own tools.
If you don't feel comfortable about using hair tools that aren't your own, ask your go-to salon if you can bring your own set. In case you don't have a personal set though, a representative from Henri Calayag Salon says that they're planning to make reusable tool sets available for purchase so clients can have them on hand for their future appointments.
6. Cashless payments will be more common.
Pre-paying for your booking online or opting for a cashless payment can help you and salon staff limit physical contact. Some establishments might even begin to prefer this to secure your booking!