You May Not Get Your Blowdry When Hair Salons Reopen In Toronto
Salons are starting to reveal their intense reopening plans.
Next time you go to get your hair cut, things will look a little different. Although it is still unclear when you will be able to go to your local Toronto hair salon again, many locations have revealed their reopening procedures. Face masks and outdoor waiting areas are just a few things they have planned.
Narcity reached out to the owners of some of the city's most popular salons for info on how they will run.
Jessica Berswick, who owns the Daughter of Oz Salon in Toronto, told us all about her salon's plans.
In her email, Berswick stated that she is extending appointment times to allow for disinfection and limiting the number of guests permitted in the salon to only one at a time.
She says that the waiting room will be removed and magazines and drinks will no longer be offered.
It will be mandatory for Daughter of Oz clients to wear face coverings during their appointment. Staff will be provided with masks, face shields, and gloves while working.
"Pre-screening will happen both digitally (using an online form) 24 hours in advance of appointments, as well as in-person upon arrival at the salon," she said.
"Anyone presenting any of the Covid-19 symptoms will be asked to reschedule."
Meanwhile, other salon owners are asking clients to avoid arriving early for appointments and to prepare to wait outside if necessary.
"Clients will be encouraged not to arrive early and may be asked to wait outside until the previous client is able to leave," Ashley Brewsmith, founder and creative director of Proudest Pony told Narcity.
"We are anticipating operating with two stylists at any given time, which would bring our total headcount down to four or five people in the salon," she added.
Other salons in the GTA are ensuring that clients whose appointments were cancelled during the lockdown are attended to first. Such is the case at Jason Lee Salon, near Yonge and Eglinton.
"For us, scheduling appointments is where it becomes complicated," founder Jason Lee told Narcity.
"We have counted that we have 400 already scheduled appointments to get through, and we are going in order starting with the first ones who were cancelled."
Lee also noted that they won't be doing any blowdries to help save time so that they can serve as many customers as possible.
He added that four to five people will be allowed in the salon at one time. Staff will wear masks and visors, and acrylic dividers will be installed.
Premier Doug Fordthat some regions of Ontario would enter stage two of the reopening plan on June 12.
The move will allow restaurants, salons, and other businesses to reopen. However, Toronto, the GTA and other municipalities still remain in stage one.