Covid-19 Business Practice Suggestions for Salons


This list has been created in collaboration with many salons/business owners in order to help other salon owners and hairstylists prepare to reopen. This list is not limited to, but in addition to, the strict sanitation measures already mandated by the Board of Barbering and Cosmetology mandates. These measures will be updated as the necessary standards become clearer, or required by law. Drop us an email at to add your ideas. Please share this link with your team or friends on social media.

- Fewer hours behind the chair, and split shifts. Divide salon into small groups that limit potential risk (like an A team and a B team that work opposite days). Should an infection occur, hopefully it can be contained and traced to one group.

- Suggest shorter shifts for hairdressers and extra time between services.

- Consider charging hourly for all services. Take a minute outside and then fully sanitize for the next guest.

- Partition between shampoo bowls.

- Only clients with appointments are welcome. No additional guests such as fiends, children, or pets can be in the space.

- Waiting room. If possible, try to redirect clients to wait in their cars till the hairdresser is ready to begin their appointment.

- Air purifiers and Eye-Vac for cleaning up cut hair.

- Break room limited to one person at a time.

- If possible, create a new space outside the salon where staff can escape to reset and relax.

- Remove all magazines and books.

- No beverages service.

- All guests must come wearing a mask during their services. Have additional masks available at salon (can be included as additional add on cost).

- 6 foot tape markings on floor

- Online booking and pre-payments if available. Utilize contactless chip readers.

- Clean Hair Policy. All clients required to come to the appointment with clean, dry hair to limit use of shampoo bowls.

- Limit use of blow dryers and hot tools.

- Create a liability waiver for your staff and clients to sign with your attorney for claims of contracting Covid-19 from your business. (Hands on Professional would like to encourage you to discuss this strategy in depth with your lawyer, as waivers are not always a guarantee of liability protection).

- Clients must reschedule their appointments if they have traveled, been in contact with someone who is ill, or been in contact with some who has exposure to the virus, (even if they are asymptomatic) within 14 days of their appointment.

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