So, here we were, ready for the best year of our lives. 20/20 vision for most of us. All of our pictures for the new year were full of excitement and hope for a better future. Little did we know that the year would come to a screeching halt out of no where and our hopes and dreams shattered by yet another uneventful year. This time from no self sabotaging of our own. Or was it? Anyways, I haven't a clue what just happened. All I know now is how are we going to adjust to our #newnormal especially in the salon.
For us industry professionals, disinfecting our tools and salons have always been a part of our protocol. Sanitation and disinfection is one of the first classes you take before you even touch a client. Throughout your entire beauty school career, n you are told to make sure your service protocols are sanitizing and disinfecting. We hated it! it wasn't what we came to beauty school to learn..lol..so we thought. Working with the public brings a different dynamic to how you see your craft. From being told to sanitize your tools and disinfect your station so many times it becomes like second nature. It follows you throughout your career, well some of us. (crickets). As a former beauty school instructor I can say there are just some people who just don't give a f*ck and you will find them as stylists to this day spreading scalp bacteria etc (yuck). I have seen it all. In the States, our cosmo final exams have a large portion of sanitation and disinfection that we have to pass to successfully graduate beauty school. Not to mention the state board exam has more than 1/3 of the test about sanitation questions. Some states still make you pass a practical, as I had to in Indiana and California, my illinois and Indiana license require Continuing education hours(CE) to renew your license. When I took my practical test for California, we had to make sure our sanitation was on point during the practical test because it can cause you to instantly fail if they catch you cheating the system.
Fast forwarding to COVID19. As a salon owner and long time stylist, disinfection and sanitation in the salon has always been a priority. First and foremost because the health of someones hair and scalp is of the utmost priority. It is very important to know these protocol for simple measures and combatting the common