The Foundation of Salon Safety
Sanitization and Disinfection
- Glove Up and Clean Up: Start by donning a fresh pair of gloves. Cleanliness begins with your own hands that must be shielded to maintain a sterile environment.
- Disinfecting the Station: Use an EPA-approved disinfectant cleaner to meticulously wipe down your station, including the client chair, countertops, and surfaces. The importance of a bacteria-free workspace cannot be overstated in the beauty industry.
- Floor Mats and Product Bottles: Ensure the cleanliness of floor mats, product bottles, cans, and jars. Any item within the client’s view or reach must be spotless, reflecting your commitment to hygiene.
- Disinfectant Solution Preparedness: Confirm that your disinfectant container is filled with a fresh solution, following state board regulations. The preparation should be done well ahead of your first appointment to ensure efficacy.
- Daily Disinfectant Change: Replace the disinfectant daily or when it becomes visibly contaminated. Maintain a logbook for accountability and compliance with state mandates.
- Appointment Preparedness: Look over your day’s schedule to anticipate and address any time management issues that could arise, ensuring a seamless flow between appointments.
- Client Records Review: Examine your client’s service history or intake form ahead of time. For new clients, ensure access to either digital or physical consultation forms to understand their needs and preferences.
- Personal Needs: Address any personal matters beforehand, like using the restroom or staying hydrated. Ensure you’re not distracted by personal needs during client interaction.
- Cell Phone Etiquette: Your cell phone should be off or on silent mode to maintain a professional atmosphere, ensuring that clients receive your undivided attention.
- Mental Preparation: A clear mind is crucial. Dismiss any personal concerns momentarily; take deep breaths and focus solely on the exceptional service you are about to provide.
Final Touches Before Client Interaction
- Immaculate Hand Washing: Your hands should be impeccably clean before you welcome your client. Follow a rigorous handwashing protocol, detailed in sources like “Milady Standard Foundations, Procedure 5-1: Proper Hand Washing.”
The basic station setup in hairdressing is more than just a preliminary step; it’s the foundation upon which the day’s services will be built. By combining the procedural rigour of medical standards with the personalized touch of a caring professional, hairdressers can ensure that each client feels valued and safe within their salon. This routine, rooted in both art and science, sets the stage for a hairdresser’s daily performance, allowing them to deliver not just a service, but an experience that is remembered and revered.
Implementing the Guide
This guide serves as a template for new and experienced hairdressers alike, emphasizing the importance of pre-service preparation. By adopting these practices, salons not only comply with health regulations but also elevate the standard of customer care. As hairdressers master these pre-service procedures, they reinforce the salon’s reputation as a beacon of excellence in both creativity and cleanliness.