Reopening Barber Shops/Hairdressers

Reopening Barber Shops/Hairdressers. Allowed only certain number of clients at one time in shop/queue outside shops. Wearing gloves and masks by staff, masks by customers, customers wash hands when entering/leaving shop.

Why the contribution is important

It very important for our amazing Scotish Community. It will make all of uis feel so much better.

by Jacenty1812 on May 05, 2020 at 01:49PM

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Based on: 74 votes


  • Posted by Donald May 05, 2020 at 13:53

    No, too close contact.
  • Posted by Ghart May 05, 2020 at 13:56

    I don'r want a pigtail
  • Posted by bobbie18 May 05, 2020 at 13:57

    If only to stop my sons moaning about their hair
  • Posted by ElsieC64 May 05, 2020 at 13:58

    Absolutely essential to consider this as a matter of urgency to help the wellbeing of people across the generations It should be relatively easy to implement the appropriate social distancing with spaces between chairs and appointments only to ensure shops are not full at any one time
  • Posted by miketrevett May 05, 2020 at 13:59

    Sensible rules and procedures from Germany, we should do the same. Appointments, wear masks, improve cleaning, no dry cuts etc
  • Posted by lynnetarvit May 05, 2020 at 14:00

    A lot of hairdressers are self employed so this will help them financially as well as improve clients’ feelings of wellbeing.
  • Posted by Julie May 05, 2020 at 14:02

    My hair is currently a mess, I tried cutting it myself - very bad idea. I would however prefer to have many bad hair days than risk getting the virus.
  • Posted by wimrie May 05, 2020 at 14:03

    Also use technology to text people before appts to avoid queues. Ask people not to bring children to appts unless they are also getting a haircut Have 2 sets of cutting equipment available with a soak in barbacide liquid between each client Shower curtain (or anything really) dividers between each chair. This would help with inevitable contact from each hair dresser as they work UV money boxes - barbers in particular still use cash Magic hours for the pensioners Bring your own cups for coffee to be poured into while you hold it
  • Posted by Richs May 05, 2020 at 14:04

    Could be relatively simple to control this with strict hygiene and PPE and agree that it would assist people’s mental health .
  • Posted by Ann May 05, 2020 at 14:07

    I think this could be done safely and would allow hairdressers to get back to work as well as making us all feel psychologically better .
  • Posted by June May 05, 2020 at 14:08

    Incredibly important for well being. With appropriate measures it can happen quickly
  • Posted by louisejhmurray May 05, 2020 at 14:12

    Essential but by appointment only to allow the service providers to control the flow of customers and with strict social distancing/appropriate virus control measures in place. Also add dog groomers into this group. After so long in lockdown there is a genuine welfare issue for some breeds.
  • Posted by Carole64 May 05, 2020 at 14:13

    Very important service for people wellbeing and morale. This could be done safely with very easy social distancing measures.
  • Posted by sheilacastle May 05, 2020 at 16:03

    Yes this can be managed to bring risks down lower than visiting the supermarket. Massively important for clients self esteem and mental health. A major sector in the economy also.
  • Posted by Hadenuff May 05, 2020 at 18:32

    Think this would only work if you tested all the hairdressers/barbers before allowing them to open, then require them to wear a vapour proof face mask. If male customers were wearing a facemask how can they get a beard/moustache trim?
  • Posted by maureensmokey May 05, 2020 at 23:33

    Yes definately open hairdressers with strict hygiene and PPE .good for mental health
  • Posted by NicoleMcEnaney May 06, 2020 at 18:57

    As a salon owner myself, I and many other friends and colleagues in the industry have massive fears about our return. The closeness of our job to other people is unavoidable, the virus living in hair,and transmitting in water vapour makes it completely impossible for us to wash,dry or even deal with hair in general, without feeling at risk. The price of PPE has rocketed for us, and knowing if it will continue to be available is a worry. It is non essential to have your hair cut, and certainly to risk the welfare of salon staff for this level of non essential vanity seems wild to many of us. It feels we are being completely disregarded for the sake of boosting morale. While we all want to return to work, we need to feel safe. The only people I can see looking to get back soon,either don’t think they need masks to work, and can still operate the same way we used to,so therefore have little understanding of the situation, or those who have fallen through the gaps,and need desperate financial assistance. I myself have yet to receive my grant after applying on 24th March and have colleagues in the same position. We are obviously still not able to apply for our income support at this point either. That being said, the lack of financial support would still not make me want to return any time soon.An opinion echoed by many.Be under no illusion, while I am coping financially for now, it’s only because I’ve always had a business float and planned ahead, but it’s fast running out with no support, and I’d still rather struggle than return. We are a busy salon,and I usually have 2-4 clients in myself at all times,as can the other staff members. For most salons to return at such a reduced capacity, could,in all possibility lead to many closures.I may be able to break even after costs, so in the best case scenario,I feel under pressure to risk so much, in terms of the health of my family and I, for nothing more than clearing my salon running bills,and no more. If the decision to keep closed until a later phase is not made by the government, and salons can choose to open, we feel completely terrified. However,know if we don’t go back,and the clients have an option to go somewhere else they will, and that we will potentially risk loosing them as a client.Its forcing us into a terrible position.A haircut is not that important. I’ve successfully run my salons for 6 1/2 years, I’ve been in the industry for 21 years, I can honestly say the logistics of working in the summer heat in PPE are not easy, and not going to be worth the reward of breaking even. I have lost count of how many times clients turn up ill,just because they want roots done, only to spread their cold, virus or sickness throughout the salon.This is another huge concern for us. The multiple offers I’ve had to “go do hair in the back garden,I’ll pay double” is unbelievable.So many people don’t understand the nature of the virus and it’s terrifying, we please beg you consider our safety over peoples vanity, and understand that while we would love to boost peoples morale, and get back to work,there is it seems, very little benefit in it for us.
  • Posted by Ashley May 06, 2020 at 19:24

    This should be one of the last places to open unless adequate PPE could be available (which it currently can’t be as struggle to get masks in health care setting which protect for longer that 15 mins per mask) close contact with a hairdressing/barber/beautician client would usually be over 15 minutes so unsure how these workers could be kept safe.
  • Posted by Delmar May 06, 2020 at 23:50

    I’m sure with a little imagination and strict adherence to appointments this could and should be done. A form of PPE for barbers shouldn’t be too difficult, surgical glove should also be available (surgeons have no issues using them for everything from open heart surgery to micro surgery), so the argument hairdressers couldn’t use them is baffling. The grants and furlough cash will be stopping soon, so the choice will inevitably be adapt to survive like all the other businesses will have to do or salons will close. Perspex screens and move the chairs further apart. Hairdressers are amongst the creative industries as well, so they should be getting their salons ready and not keeping them mothballed waiting on full reopening, that’s not happening any time soon
  • Posted by PotatoNinja May 07, 2020 at 07:46

    Provided businesses would make sure they allocate more time per appointment to stop people in the waiting area and there is some kind of protection such as PPE for the barbers and a facemask for the client I think it could work. An important part of this would also be education since it is critical to ensure everyone knows how to best utilise the protective equipment.
  • Posted by Cowden May 07, 2020 at 11:00

    sorry, not for me, contact to close for safety
  • Posted by irene108 May 07, 2020 at 11:40

    I don't think hairdressers should be allowed to open any time soon. The practicalities of keeping a safe distance are really not feasible, unless very good PPE can be provided for both the hairdresser and the client. Vanity is not a reason for risking catching this deadly virus. Stick with the closures for a few more weeks and hopefully we will all have a much better outcome.
  • Posted by Rachel19 May 07, 2020 at 12:13

    I hope to see the reopening of beauty salons and hairdressers early on during the phased removal of lockdown. I think they are vital for people including a massive improvement in mental health and morale and this lockdown has highlighted how undervalued beauticians and hairdressers were. PPE is essential but if someone small businesses would like to open soon they should have the ability to do so and offer the treatments they are comfortable to offer.
  • Posted by worstludditeever May 07, 2020 at 13:34

    While I am not convinced a hair-cut is essential, a hair wash is. For those who cannot wash their own hair (due to age/mobility issues), a hair wash service is important, to physical health, not just emotional wellbeing. Careful prioritising of customers may be required to facilitate this, but I suspect most hairdressers would be able to identify those regular customers most in need.
  • Posted by Ideas81 May 08, 2020 at 07:57

    Follow example from Germany. Limit number of people, wear masks, clean all tools between appointments
  • Posted by MaryL May 08, 2020 at 09:48

    If your hairdresser is willing to work and you are a willing customer with both wearing face masks, only one customer per hairdresser in any premises and social distancing when waiting, what is the problem?
  • Posted by andyglasouth May 08, 2020 at 11:20

    This is too close and thus too dangerous. It's not essential either. It's not worth the resulting deaths.
  • Posted by DP May 08, 2020 at 11:20

    Agree. Don't see why not if appropriate measures in place and both hairdresser/barber and customer happy with arrangement. Those who disagree - DON'T GO.
  • Posted by WBRnotes May 08, 2020 at 21:27

    As others have said, ensure no queues in hairdresser premises. Staff and clients to wear effective PPE and disinfect appropriately. Germany is doing it I think so perhaps we can see how it works for them before we do it?
  • Posted by KT May 09, 2020 at 11:23

    Agree. Should be allowed to open along with other small businesses be prioritised asap with suitable cleaning PPE measures introduced.
  • Posted by FM79 May 09, 2020 at 11:25

    Any business or individual that can work adhering to social distancing guidelines should be allowed to start up now
  • Posted by Sandsmill May 09, 2020 at 16:03

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  • Posted by Sandsmill May 09, 2020 at 16:03

    Allow hairdressers to open for dry cuts only reducing the time in the salon and a limited number of clients in at a time.
  • Posted by Scotland_is_flatlining May 10, 2020 at 12:08

    Feet cleaning trough at entrance to building as in one German example??
  • Posted by Alanaand May 11, 2020 at 13:52

    Don't agree, I'm not literally dying for a haircut.
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