Is It Safe to Go to the Hair Salon Amid COVID-19 Pandemic?


Upgraded layout and cleaning procedures

“We clean all day, every day,” says Abra McField, CEO and founder of Abra Kadabra Hair & Healing in St. Louis. Her salon has a staffer whose sole duty is to keep surfaces and tools clean during each shift. “We even have tags that read: ‘This seat has been cleaned’ or ‘This area has been cleaned,’ so that our entire team, as well as clients, feel safe and protected.”

Anh Co Tran, co-owner of Ramirez Tran salon in Los Angeles, plans to “adhere closely to state and federal laws set for everyone’s health and safety, wear a face mask, and wash [his] hands between each appointment when the salon reopens.”

In Houston, Vaughn allows 15 to 20 minutes in between clients to completely sanitize and disinfect each station.

At Blake Rose Salon + Spa in Columbus, Ohio, owner Bryan Beaver has “moved around drying stations and shampoo bowls” to ensure a six-foot distance between clients, as well as added a plastic barrier around the front-desk area.

No more double-dipping

If you’ve dyed your hair in a salon before, you know that the process involves a lot of waiting for the dye to take hold. In the Before Times, a colorist may have taken advantage of that time by working on multiple clients at once. Now, you’ll likely get your colorist’s undivided attention. 

At his Houston salon, Vaughn has been working overtime to meet client demand amid the new rule. “We can only take one client per stylist at a time…so we’ve been working extended hours and extra days to try and fit as many clients back in and try to get our schedule somewhat regulated.” 

For now, less person-to-person pampering

The scalp massage, the beverage service, the comfy waiting room with communal magazines — these small niceties may have to wait. “We’ve recommended dry haircuts when possible,” says Beaver. “Instead of a waiting room, clients are asked to wait in their cars.” The changes are made to reduce contact and time spent in the salon.

Whiteroom salon in Brooklyn has cut out blowouts all together. “Out of an abundance of caution we will not be offering blowouts with your service at this time,” reads an email sent out to clients. “We want to limit airflow around the salon to continue the effectiveness of social distancing within the space. If you are coming in for a haircut we recommend arriving with clean dry hair. If that is not possible, you want a shampoo or your stylist feels they need to cut your hair wet, we can offer drying under an air-free heat lamp.”