It was announced on Thursday that beauty salons in England will be able to open their doors again from Monday, July 13.
After being closed for lockdown for close to four months, this will likely come as welcome news to many who are missing their usual doses of professional grooming and self care, however there are still some restrictions in place.
Here’s the list of treatments which are so far not allowed when beauty salons and spas in England reopen…
What treatments won’t be allowed at beauty salons?
According to the British Association of Beauty Therapy and Cosmetology (BABTAC), which has worked with the Government to put together the rules for salons when they reopen, treatments on people’s faces will not be permitted.
This means that you will not be able to book things like following in England:
- Advanced facial (electrical or mechanical)
- Dermarolling or dermaplaning
- Electrolysis on the face
- Eyelash or eyebrow treatments
- Facial treatments
- Face waxing, threading or sugaring.
- Make-up application
Spas and salons reopening on 13th July
On the flipside, when it comes to body treatments, anything goes.
This is because it’s considered high-risk to be close to another person’s face for an extended period of time, as coronavirus can spread through tiny droplets from one person’s nose or mouth.
The exceptions to this rule are ‘simple beard trims’ according to the BABTAC as well as fringe trimmings.
Plenty of salons will also not be letting friends come with customers, with Sam Marshall, of The Beauty Guru in Salford also telling us: ‘We are asking that clients arrive without friends accompanying, to reduce the number of people in the treatment room.
‘Some salons are also asking clients not to bring coats or bags, as these might carry in the virus if they have been contaminated.
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‘However it’s down to individuals and their practices, I still have space for my client’s belongings and will disinfect the space after each client.’
You can also expect to find your beautician wearing PPE.
Chloé Bailey, owner of Hush Beauty and Training in Derby tells us: ‘I have invested in PPE, including visors, gloves, disposable aprons, wipeable couch covers, sterilising equipment sprays etc. I have always worked in a sterile environment before Covid-19, as have many who work in the beauty industry.
‘We will not have to change too much, but ensuring that staff and customers are as protected as they can be is of utmost importance in the current climate.’
When it comes to the other nations in the UK, hairdressers, salons and barbershops were able to open in Northern Ireland from Monday, 6 July, while in Wales they are set to reopen from 27 July.
In Scotland, beauty parlours will be able to reopen from July 22.