With nail salons in the U.K. officially back open, like many other parts of the world, it’s time to take a look at what the new manicure experience will be like.
People in certain countries are now able to step away from the DIY manicure kit and get a professional treatment, but nail salons are going to look quite different from before, as major changes had to be made to ensure the safety of both customers and staff.
Lou Stokes, U.K. Ambassador for nail polish brand ORLY, has broken down for us what we might experience during our post-lockdown nail appointments:
Book in advance
Walk-in services will be scrapped in favour for appointments scheduled in advance. This will help salons control the number of people in-salon at any time, as well as creating that key time to disinfect and sanitise between every customer.
No waiting around
To ensure that social distancing limitations are adhered to easily, waiting areas will be blocked off. You’ll be required to turn up to your appointment at the exact start time, and if you do happen to arrive ahead of schedule, you’ll be asked to queue outside in line with distanced spacing.
Upon entry to salons expect to be asked to wash your hands. You may also find that your temperature is taken with a contactless thermometer. Facial coverings will most likely be mandatory for entry. Your treatment may be carried out through a Perspex screen, with your therapist in full personal protective equipment (PPE).
Due to social distancing there may be fewer therapists performing treatments so you may find it harder to secure an appointment and wait times may be increased. Alongside this, you might be asked to come alone to your appointment, as well as bringing less personal items, to help limit the volume of people and potential points of infection in salon at any time.
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