What to Expect With Your Next Visit to the Salon


This weekend the personal care industry officially welcomes back it’s clients to their salons and beauty parlours, the government has gazetted a list of do’s and dont’s.

On Wednesday 17 June, President Cyril Ramaphosa announced that the personal care service industry can reopen under lockdown alert level 3.

These include; hairdressers, barbers, nail and beauty salons, massage parlours and tattoo and body piercing businesses.

Overall Requirements

  • Cloth masks must be worn at all times and surfaces and equipment must be disinfected on a regular basis.
  • Work stations and equipment must be cleaned before and after each use.
  • Aprons must be sanitised and gloves changed after each treatment.
  • No beverages can be offered while a client is waiting or undergoing their treatment.
  • No more scalp massages when you get your hair washed.
  • Business owners or staff over the age of 60 or with co-morbidities are encouraged not to work.
  • Only those requiring the treatment will be allowed into the premises,
  • Only bookings may be allowed to avoid waiting in queues.
  • Tattoo parlours have been advised to use nitrile, not latex, gloves.

For formal and non-formal salons:

  • Sanitiser or handwashing must be provided to each customer before entering
  • Staff must wash hands or sanitise before and after serving a client
  • Hands must be washed or sanitised after working with money
  • Contactless payment is encouraged
  • Queuing customers must maintain a distance of 1.5-metre
  • All bottles of products must be wiped down with a 70% alcohol solution after each customer has been served and at the end and beginning of each business day
  • Fresh and clean towels for each customer
  • Keep windows/doors open, for adequate ventilation
  • Stylists must also wear a face shield/visor that must be cleaned after serving each customer
  • No customer will be served without wearing a mask

Tattooing Body Piercing Studios

  • Premises must be cleaned before and after use
    -Disinfect common areas before and after use
  • Wet the work surface with disinfectant and apply plastic wrap and a dental bib
  • Sanitise tools before and after each use
  • All ink bottles must be kept clean and in a separate area not be touched unless wearing clean gloves
  • Spray bottles may not be used for tattoo cleaning, as this causes liquid to become airborne
  • Only squirt bottles are to be used to apply cleaning solutions onto paper towels and not directly onto the tattoo
  • Masks must be worn at all times
  • Plastic aprons must be changed after serving each customer
  • Nitrile gloves (non-latex) are required for treatments, use of aseptic technique and should be changed after each client
  • Plastic partitions should be placed between each work area and wiped down with disinfectant after attending to each customer.

According to the Government Gazette, in the personal care industry handwashing is of the utmost importance and social distancing between customers and staff is a definite must.


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