The Coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak has had a huge impact on businesses all over the world, with all types of companies having to adapt in order to stay afloat. This includes HMUAs, with hair and beauty businesses all of a sudden finding themselves without any customers to beautify.
While having more time with family and enjoying our homes is nice, there are still things industry professionals can do to ensure they are prepared to return to work post-lockdown. Below, we look at 5 tasks HMUA’s can perform to ensure they re-enter the world of work with a bang!
Increase sanitation of all products
Covid-19 has taught us a lot about hygiene. Now, we are thinking carefully about what we are touching and how often we are washing our hands. As you will be offering mobile services, it is a good idea to establish ways in which you can increase the sanitation of your tools whilst on the go. Hand sanitizers and antibacterial wipes are convenient when you need to clean a surface quickly. Thinking about having a throw-away sheet to lay your products on can help reduce the collecting and spreading of germs.
Speak to clients in advance and undertake your own risk assessments
Conducting risk assessments before each job will soon be the norm, with businesses responsible for gauging risks before offering mobile hair and beauty services. Having an open, frank conversation with customers prior to bookings is highly advised, finding out if they have been infected, have been in contact with anyone who has or if they are sharing their home with anyone classed as ‘vulnerable’. This works both ways, if you as an artist have also been affected then it is your duty to be as transparent as possible.
Remember, safety is ALWAYS the priority here.
Carry sanitation products to all bookings
With supermarkets and local stores quickly running out of sanitation products, hair and beauty pros cannot rely on their customers to have hand sanitiser at their premises. For this reason, carrying your own to bookings is something to consider. Again, this will go a long way in protecting you and those you come into contact with. It is also a good idea to find out if you will have access to facilities that will enable you to safely wash your hand or quickly clean your tools if needed!
Decrease cash payments where possible
Since the outbreak, cash transactions have decreased by more than 70%, with banknotes and coins renowned for absorbing and transmitting bacteria. If you are looking to operate your business in a safe manner, it is highly recommended that you decrease cash payments where possible, opting for card and online payments where you can.
Consider PPE for all bookings
Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) is designed to protect the wearer’s body from infection, with a few notable hair and make-up brands suggesting that they will be wearing such equipment as social distancing rules are relaxed and workers are being phased back in. If you want to return to work and be safe in the knowledge that you are doing all you can to protect yourself, purchasing PPE is certainly the route to go down.
How Glamdeva can help you bounce back
Here at Glamdeva, we provide an online resource where HMUAs can find customers within their desired locations, with our sophisticated platform allowing them to find customers, make appointments, and take payment. If you are looking to fill up your diary, set up an account today. We have also been looking at ways in which we can help you reduce your risks such as setting up taking full payment facilities and providing PPE for our providers wherever we can. Glamdeva will update all its providers once products become available.
And remember, the comeback is always greater than the setback! Let’s work together and be well prepared.