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How To Safely Visit a Hair Salon

by Gabrielle Hartman February 03, 2021 4 min read

How To Safely Visit a Hair Salon

The lockdown related to the coronavirus changed everything, not the least of which was the way we pamper ourselves. When the country locked down in March, salons were off-limits, and we were forced to manage our tresses at home. Now that much of the country has opened up, at least to some extent, we can get back to managing our beauty in a salon. And while it just feels good to pamper yourself with a cut, blowout, or color, there are still some important safety tips to consider.

What Salons are Doing to Ensure Your Safety

The entire business of salons has changed astronomically in response to the coronavirus. According to  Justin Lessler, Ph.D., an associate professor of epidemiology at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health in Baltimore, “They’re being careful and controlling. I do think many salons I know have been really at the top of their game in terms of infection control."  You can have faith that your salon is working in your best interest to keep you safe. The bottom line is that they want to be at work, so they will do whatever it takes to stay working. The CDC, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, have issued some guidelines for your salon to follow.

  • Maintain six feet apart. Salon owners have moved the furniture to keep the seats 6 feet apart, even if your shampooing chair is farther away than it used to be.
  • Disinfect all equipment in between customers. This will take a while but will make the salon safer.
  • Employees must wash their hands. This should go without saying, but employees should pay careful attention to this.
  • Employees should wear masks at all times. This ensures that droplets will not contaminate the guests.
  • Employees should stay home if they are sick. In this uncertain time, you do not want to pass on germs to co-workers or clients.

In addition to the CDC guidelines, salons are also disallowing walk-ins, and scheduling appointments online. Additionally, they are not double-dipping like they used to, working on someone else’s hair while coloring a client, but only working on one client at a time. Many of these CDC guidelines are making it more difficult for the salon workers and owners, but are keeping the clients safer.

What You Should Do to Ensure Your Own Safety

There are several things you can do as a consumer to ensure that your salon is following the rules and that you will be safe. First of all,  Susan Wootton, an associate professor of pediatrics at Houston's UTHealth, recommends "Rather than staying there for four hours for a cut, a highlight, and a blow-dry, you could not do the blow-dry…or skip the highlights. Get in and get out.”


  • Call ahead to know their rules. Ensure that your favorite salon has a Covid-19 plan in place. Ensure that you are in compliance with their rules before you visit.
  • Wear a mask. This should go without saying in this time period, but keep your mask on during your entire visit.
  • Be patient. Things will not be the same as your pre-covid visits. Be kind, tip generously, and enjoy the chance to pamper yourself!

What to do if You are Still Not Ready to Visit a Salon

Let’s face it, everyone has a different level of comfort when it comes to the pandemic. Some people don’t want to wear a mask at all, and some want to hide in a bunker until the pandemic passes by. If you still don't feel safe going to a salon but want a salon-worthy blowout, there is a happy medium for you that will keep you safe and give you remarkable looking hair. Get these products and watch the magic happen:

  • You need a quality dryer. This Platform Blowout Handle-Less Hair Dryer is a great tool to start with. The ceramic heat helps to manage your frizz, while the lack of a handle gives you more precision in getting the perfect blowout. The twin fan DC motor will speed up your drying time, and this model is perfect for every hairstyle.
  • Protect your hair from the heat. These Prep and Protectant Products will take care of your hair and make sure the heat doesn’t overwhelm your hair. Whether you start with the Fresh Step Primer or the Thermal Protecting Foam, your hair will be protected from thermal damage without sticky residue, and it will be easy to detangle while reducing dry time.
  • Get more volume in your hair. Pump it Up Express Blow Out Serum offers a lightweight texture to its product that nevertheless builds a hefty sense of volume in your hair. You will look as though you just walked out of a salon.

There are many things salons are doing to maintain your safety while you visit, because after all, they want your business. And there are many choices you can make as a customer that will keep you safer once you enter the salon. But the bottom line is if you don’t feel safe going out, you don’t have to sacrifice your beautiful locks By using the products above you will get a fantastic blowout at home with full volume hair.

Gabrielle Hartman
Gabrielle Hartman

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