Advice on Protecting Your Salon Against Covid-19

As new reports on the spread of COVID-19 constantly fill up our news feeds, we understand that many salons across the country will be concerned about how they can go about operating their business. Having been in the industry for over 27 years, we are fully aware of the impact this will have on our industry as a whole, so we hope to offer you the best advice on how to move forward in the upcoming weeks.

At the time of writing this article, there is no government enforced order to close our salons up. However, as social distancing has been strongly advised to the public, you have probably already experienced a drop in bookings at your salon.

While it is currently up to every salon owner, barbershop, beautician and mobile therapist whether they continue to keep their doors open during this uncertain time, there are a few steps we should be taking if we decide to continue accepting clients.

To help those salons who want to continue with business as usual for the time being, we’ve collected some advice on how to ensure you can still do your part to suppress the spread of the virus while still being available for your clients.


  1. Ensure clients are fit and well and haven’t been out of the country recently before they come for their appointment
  2. Give each client a fresh towel and gown to avoid cross-contamination
  3. Clean work station in between clients using an antibacterial spray
  4. Ensure till station and retail area are frequently cleaned
  5. Stock up on your hygiene essentials
  6. Supply all staff with gloves for each client
  7. Have hand santisers on each work station for clients and employees
  8. If possible, adjust the proximity of work stations to ensure a wider space between clients during their treatment
  9. Launder all linen on a hot wash to kill any bacteria
  10. Ensure all cups and glasses are cleaned thoroughly on a hot wash after every use
  11. Sterilise all equipment and tools after every client/treatment
  12. Ensure staff are cleaning their hands regularly for over 20 seconds using a hand wash & hand sanitiser where possible
  13. Promote contactless payments where possible
  14. Give the salon a deep clean each night
  15. Keep windows and doors open to keep air flowing throughout the salon
  16. Practice social distancing by restricting the salon to clients only for appointments, meaning no friends or children.
  17. Frequently check the Government website and World Health Organisation guidelines to stay up to date with the latest advice for staying safe.


Along with these steps, try to reassure your clients as honestly as you can. Let them know what new measures you have brought in and how they will help – most people will likely be very understanding as to why their appointments might run a little differently.

Don’t forget about the power of communication too, particularly when it comes to social media. Let your client base know about the changes you are making, or if you decide to close entirely. Remain in contact with them – they might not be in your salon now, but they will hopefully return once their lives can return to normal.

Finally, be sure not to spread any further panic, both to your clients and your team. While this is a new experience for most people, try to stay informed, calm and positive – we are all in this together, so support your fellow stylists where you can.

Remember, the government will be providing daily updates on the steps being taken to control the spread of COVID-19 – you can find all the latest advice on the official government website here: 

We would also like to send our best wishes to all the salons across the UK here at Salons Direct, and hope to be here to support your business as best we can.

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