So, in Louisiana in Phase 1, Salons are reopening...but with some major changes. Here's a guide to making the transition easier!
- You might have to wait outside. Salons are allowed one client per hairstylist. Period. When the previous client leaves the entire area has to be sanitized and reset. This will add probably approximately 15 minutes to each appointment time. Some salons allow you to wait in your car if the weather is uncomfortable and can call you or text you to come to the front door.
- Expect to be screened for temperature using a no-contact thermometer and signing a release form. This form just states that you have not had any type of symptoms for the last 48 hours to 72 hours and that you have not flown domestically or internationally or ridden a train or a bus within the last few days. Your forms will be kept on file and confidential for three years as required by the Louisiana State Board of Cosmetology. You will also be asked to wash your hands. FYI, the stylists and staff have to be screened every single morning before we start our day also. This is just to keep everyone safe.
- Wear a mask. This is not debatable. The entire staff has to wear a mask and you are required to as well. If you do not have a mask, salons will probably have some to purchase. If you are receiving a color service that requires extended time, you will probably be allowed to step outside, alone, and remove your mask if you need a breath of fresh air. Stylists are very willing to work with you on this issue. As for getting a haircut while wearing a mask, I have personally done this and it is not difficult for the stylist or client. You simply unloop one ear while the stylist cuts around that area while you hold the mask with your hands, and then take the other side down for them to cut that side of your hair as well. Please do not complain or be unpleasant about wearing a mask. Stylists are under extra pressure right now trying to keep you, your family, and their families safe. Everything that has been mandated by the Louisiana State Board of Cosmetology, the Governor's office, and The Fire Marshal is for our MUTUAL protection.
- Come to the salon by yourself. No friends, no spouses, absolutely no children, unless they are getting services. Social distancing is strictly enforced. Stations are 10 feet apart. Your stylist is allowed to perform services but under strict guidelines.
- Since we have over a two-month backlog of hair services to catch up on, probably not many salons are taking walk-ins currently. You can try calling your regular salon for an appointment. Most stylists are working in a triage fashion. We're getting the colors and the short cuts done first and then working backward from there. Please call in plenty of time ahead to make your appointment.
- During phase 1, no makeup, no facials, no hot waxing of any sort. Don't ask. We absolutely are forbidden to do these services during phase 1. Complaining about it to your stylist will only frustrate the situation. If you need products please ask your stylist to get them for you.
- Please be considerate of your stylist's situation. Many of us will have really long hours, probably little or no lunch breaks. If we're working all day to keep you looking good and happy, please be considerate of our time.
- Don't forget to tip. We're not going to be able to see as many people as we normally do, due to restrictions on numbers of clients and social distancing requirements from the Fire Marshal's office. I don't think any hairdresser actually expects a tip, but I know that they are all appreciated... Especially in times like this. We're grateful to see you again!
In closing, I hope these salon tips help make your salon experience a little easier...for everyone.
We love our clients and are looking forward to seeing you again!
Dan Forest is a professional hairstylist/makeup artist in a salon and on film sets. He hosted Your Style with Dan Forest, a style segment on KALB TV from 2011 till 2013, and was awarded Cenla's Choice award for Best Makeup artist in 2018. Dan also created and teaches Best Face Forward, a class for Cancer patients that helps them deal with appearance-related side effects of their treatment at Cabrini hospital.