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Beauty bounces back

  • Published at 07:00 pm November 20th, 2020
Photo: Guilherme Petri

How are salons adapting to working in a pandemic

In order to slow down the spread of the Covid-19 pandemic, many salons have been closed around the world, and Dhaka, has been no exception. Recently however, hairdressers and salons have reopened, following proper safety measures and wearing personal protective equipment (PPE) while providing services to the customers. 

We spoke to Navin Ahmed, owner at Gala Makeover Studio & Salon, regarding how they have been operating in these Covid times. The salon went into operation from July 15, taking in limited clients on an appointment basis, only at their Gulshan-1 branch, after almost four months of a Covid-19 induced lockdown.

“The nature of our work is intricately related to personal care and hygiene. Today, reducing the transmission of coronavirus, and adopting safety measures through appropriate standard operating procedures is the biggest mandate of Gala Makeover Studio and Salon,” said Navin. 

As a responsible citizen of the country, and salon owner, Navin Ahmed feels that it is her duty to set her business to higher safety standards and scientific precision, in order to ensure welfare of her customers. 

Gala Makeover Studio & Salon has been maintaining a clients’ database with medical and travel history for appointments. Disinfectant tunnels have been installed -- outdoor shoes of the customers are sanitized at the entrance, temperature check, changing shoes to their clean spa sandals, safety gear like gloves and masks for both the staff and our clients, PPEs for the staff members, non-cash payments, sterilizing tools and instruments after each individual service, deep sanitization of salon floors and furniture at regular intervals -- this is the new norm at Gala now. 

“Our 7,000 square feet of space on two floors provide ample conditions for social distancing. At Gala, we set our standards even higher for your wellbeing,” added Navin.

Rose Beauty Parlour in the capital's Lalmatia area is one such salon where all the staff members wear appropriate protective equipment and maintain good hygiene practices. Maria Siddiqui, who is in charge of the salon, said they ensure the safety of the customers by wearing PPE suits and using all possible safety measures, in order to prevent the further spread of the virus.

"We regularly disinfect all the surfaces and equipment," she said. She added that the measures they have taken must have helped immensely to restore customers' confidence because more and more people are returning to their salon now.

Rukhsana Farid, a customer, said that while her home is near the salon, she was reluctant to visit the place due to concerns about the coronavirus. "It's scary to come to a salon during this Covid-19 situation and I was hesitant as to whether to come or not, during such a crisis," she said.

Rukhsana was happy with the services they are providing, especially with all the precautionary measures. "When I saw that they were running the salon with all the necessary Covid-19 preventive measures, I felt confident to return," said the customer.

The salon's owner said they were trying to offer the best services to customers during these difficult times. "All our staff members ensure the safety of customers through wearing PPE, masks and using safety equipment," she explained. As one measure specifically, she said that before a customer enters her salon, they make sure to check their body temperature. "We've prepared hand sanitizers and we spray disinfectant on the customers' clothes as well," she said.

Many salons are now adopting these measures in light of the long term, making the move to a different future once the pandemic ends.

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