Hair Salons Facing Challenges and Unknowns Ahead of Reopening

The scramble to meet new health and safety guidelines, deal with a backlog of client bookings and procure needed supplies is creating stress for a local salon owner at a time she should be celebrating the ability to reopen.

The province announced Monday many businesses in shut down for months, including salons, may now re-open as of 12:01 AM Friday.

Vicki Lynn Florence Camp with Victorias Hair and Aesthetics, says there’s a lot of unknowns as she hasn’t yet received a clear game plan from their trade college. “We’re kinda flying blind at this point in time,” says Florence Camp.

Victorias Hair and Aesthetics has designed a plan of their own. “I’ll be asking people a questionnaire when I call them to remind them about their appointment,” explains Florence Camp. “I will be telling them they have to come in with freshly cleansed hair for a cut. There will be no washes, unless it’s a colour service, of course. There will be no blow dries. It is mandatory to wear a mask. There is no waiting room. There will be no coffee room. There are no hot towels. There will be no facial waxing.”

Florence Camp is also concerned with additional costs. “Masks have gone up. Sanitizers have gone up,” Florence Camp explains. “The cleaners that I’ve used have gone up. With the amount of time that has to be put in place in between clients for proper disinfection, we’re gonna take a hit.”

The province’s regional approach to reopening is also a concern as the salon does have regular clients traveling from the regions of Haldimand-Norfolk and Hamilton – both regions remaining in Phase One until their COVID-19 case numbers are under control.

Despite other concerns, a shortage of business is not among them. Florence Camp says clients are lining up after being without access to the service for months. “My phone is blowing up every day,” she says. “The backlog…I don’t know how I’m going to get through without working seven days a week!”

Victorias Hair and Aesthetics is aiming to have everything in place to reopen on Tuesday, June 16th.