National Lockdown from 4 January
Regrettably the salon will be closed for the duration of the lockdown period. We will not be re-scheduling bookings or taking new bookings until the government has announced a definite date when we can re-open. We will then first contact all clients who have missed an appointment during lockdown and offer them a new date. Then we will be open to new bookings.
We hope that you all stay safe and well over the weeks to come and we very much look forward to welcoming you back into the salon once it is deemed safe to do so.
Elle & The Team
Health and Safety Guidelines – COVID-19
PLEASE READ THIS THROUGH CAREFULLY BEFORE COMING TO YOUR APPOINTMENT
Our aim is to do everything we possibly can to protect the health and safety of our clients and staff whilst maintaining a viable business. We hope these guidelines will re-assure clients and help everyone look forward to their next visit to the salon with pleasure and peace of mind.
We also hope that, in time, the risk of catching the virus will diminish, some of the guidelines and PPE requirements will ease and that we can then gradually reduce the PPE surcharge. But until then we will fully comply with the current regulations and PPE requirements 100% in order to do everything we can to protect the safety of clients and staff. We look forward to seeing you and to taking care of you.
If you have any questions or concerns please do not hesitate to contact us here, via Facebook, or on 01432 370006. We will be very pleased to help you.
HOW WE WILL TAKE CARE OF YOU
- Staff will not attend the salon if they display Covid 19 symptoms and will adhere to all relevant government guidelines in respect of testing, tracing and self isolating.
- Clients will be seated at consoles distanced from other clients by 2 metres or in separated cubicles at the washstands.
- Appointment times are staggered so clients can arrive and depart separately.
- Console surfaces, chairs and salon equipment will be thoroughly cleaned and disinfected before each service and the salon deep cleaned at the end of each day.
- Stylists will wear face masks, visors, disposable gloves and disposable aprons and will use disposable towels. They will wash their hands before and after every client.
- There is a “cough screen” at reception and screens between the washbasins.
- Clients will be asked on arrival if they are suffering from a new persistent cough, a fever, or a recent loss of taste or smell. They will have their temperature taken with a distanced forehead thermometer and will then be asked to sanitise their hands.
- The washroom has an anti-bacterial soap dispenser and paper towels. There are tissues and hand sanitiser available at each console.
- The law requires clients to come in wearing a face mask (with loops behind the ears). Clients without a face mask will be asked to purchase one of our disposable masks at a cost of £1. Clients will be covered by a disposable cape and will be seated close to ventilation.
- Clients will only have close contact with their stylist during their visit.
- All staff have been trained in correct disinfecting methods and will adhere to correct social distancing policy within the salon at all times.
CHANGES TO OUR PROFESSIONAL SERVICE
- We will not be serving any refreshments for the moment, except water. Clients are welcome to bring in their own drinks. Clients who are in for a long appointment over the lunch period may bring in a snack lunch if they wish.
- There will be no magazines available so clients may wish to bring their own reading material. They can use the salon wifi.
- Prior to their actual appointment, colour clients may be asked to have a virtual consultation with their stylist on facetime or over the phone to save salon time and to allow for preparation. New colour clients and clients needing to update their patch test will still be asked to come into the salon.
PLEASE NOTE – if you have applied any colour to your hair at home you will need to book a consultation in the salon at least 2 days before before your actual colour appointment please. You will need to have a skin patch test done and possibly a hair strand test too so that your stylist can be absolutely sure how your hair and skin will react to adding new colour on top of your home colour. For your health & safety a stylist will not be able to proceed with a colour appointment if she finds that you have coloured your hair yourself and a recent patch test has not been done in the salon.
- Regrettably, due to the exorbitant cost of PPE, each client will be asked to pay a surcharge of £3.50. If a client needs to purchase a mask from us as well then there will be an additional charge of £1. Salons have to purchase all their own PPE on the internet at very high cost with no government assistance. Unfortunately this is not a cost the salon can bear. The limitations of social distancing requirements in the salon and the time needed to thoroughly disinfect stations after each client has resulted in a reduction in the number of clients we can serve and a considerable loss of revenue.
- Re-booking of appointments and payment will be done at the styling chair via your stylist, not at reception.
- We prefer clients to pay with a card please but we will accept cash where a card is not convenient.
HOW YOU CAN PLEASE TAKE CARE OF US
- Please do not attend your appointment if you feel unwell, if you have a new persistent cough, a fever or a recent loss of taste or smell, or if you should be self-isolating. There will be no cancellation charges if you have to cancel for ill health or Covid symptoms and we will be pleased to re-schedule your appointment for you. Please also cancel if you have any other symptoms of ill health which might be infectious.
- Regrettably, there can be no hugs.
- Please arrive at the agreed time. There is now no waiting area. If you are early you may have to wait outside. If you are late, your service may have to be adjusted so that the next client isn’t kept waiting.
- Please wear a face mask in the salon. This is a legal requirement. The face mask should be one which loops behind the ears please not one that ties behind the head. Alternatively you may purchase one of our masks at the cost of £1.
- When you arrive outside the salon please ring the doorbell and wait for our receptionist to come and let you in. Please comply with her guidance. She will ask you if you have Covid 19 symptoms of a new persistent cough, a fever or a loss of taste or smell, will take your forehead temperature from a distance to check that it is not above 99.5F and will ask you to sanitise your hands.
- To protect our staff, before coming in for a dry cut, a fringe cut, a colour consultation or a colour service, clients must first please wash their hair at home on the same day as their appointment. Stylists reserve the right to cancel the appointment of any client for a dry cut or colour service whose hair is not freshly washed.
- Please come to your appointment alone. Children who have an appointment may be accompanied by one parent only but regrettably not by other children.
- Please speak forward to the mirror when talking to your stylist and please maintain silence when downstairs at the washbasins.
- Please bring as little as possible into the salon. Please do your shopping after, not before your visit, if possible.
We thank you very much for complying with our guidelines and we look forward to seeing you in the salon.
If you have just read this through after talking to us and you are making your first booking in the salon, please now click on the Contact Us tab on the right hand side of the above department bar. This will take you to our Contact page. Please scroll down past the map to the email box at the bottom left and please send us your email confirming acceptance of these guidelines.
It is only necessary to send us your confirming email once, before your first appointment with us after the Covid 19 regulations for hair salons have been brought in. There is no need to write again before any subsequent appointments you may make. But you must please cancel your appointment if you are showing any possible Covid 19 symptoms. We will be happy to re-schedule for you. Many thanks for your understanding and co-operation.