Amberly Venhuis, Shelby Bowser-Sinclair, Lauren Rankin, Salene Matheson and Jan Kolb are excited to be back working at Hairapy salon in Lacombe. (missing Lindsay Wass and Anna Pham) (Photo submitted)

Lacombe salon alters cleaning procedures to protect clients, staff

Hairapy owner pleased to be able to ‘do what they do best’ again

Hair Salons are back styling and have had to adapt to COVID-19.

Hairapy in Lacombe has enhanced many of their in-place protocols and added even more in order to not only be compliant with provincial health guidelines, but also ensure the safety of their staff and clients.

Owner Salene Matheson said they adhering to strict sanitizing protocols.

“We clean all of our utensils, scissors and combs and we have removed all unnecessary items from the salon to minimize virus contact. The only things on our tables is our mirror. We have all of our hairdryers in sealed containers, so there is no way to transmit,” she said.

The salon has moved to staggered single booking and has also added screening measures to ensure clients are healthy coming into the door.

“When they come in, we have a screening process with some questions, a temperature check, hand sanitizer and everyone gets a mask. We wear masks all day long, they wear masks and there is a plexiglass barrier between our stations and the sink,” she said.

The salon is no longer using paper booking and is only blow drying after they wash the hair within the salon. Stylists also are wearing scrubs, which they leave at the salon to be washed daily.

Matheson said she and her staff feel safe in the salon due to the extra measures they have taken, but she didn’t appreciate the speed in which the Province rolled out guidelines for salons.

“They left it up to us because we did have strict guidelines to start and assumed we could go forward, but it is nice to have something to base this on. None of us have gone through a pandemic before and I don’t appreciate how they did that,” she said.

Despite the lack of early guidance, Matheson feels salons were rightly placed in phase 1.

“I am totally confident that we were ready to get back and start helping people again. We wanted to get back to what we know best,” she said

So far, clients have been positive according to Matheson and have been excited to return to their salon.

“We have been getting screams on the phone when they have heard we can get them in,” she said.

Matheson said getting people back into the salons was overdue for many people.

“Not just because of the vanity side of it but more of the emotional. We have walked people through the death of a child of the death of a husband — and also the birth of a child or their grandkids. We are part of the family and some of them we see more than their family does,” she said

She added, “I think it is important to stop the spread. I have a grandson and one of the girls here has a little girls. The last thing we would want to do would be to spread it to them. That is the same for our clients — we want them to feel safe and sound in here. If we can stop the spread and still do our jobs, the little sacrifices of wearing masks and doing extra cleaning is completely worth it.”



todd.vaughan@lacombeexpress.com

Like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter

Coronavirus

Get local stories you won't find anywhere else right to your inbox.
Sign up here

Just Posted

Cilantro and Chive ‘Dad Bod’ Burger supports childrens mental health in Lacombe

$3,068 was donated to Lacombe Community Addiction and Mental Health Office– Children’s Services

Lacombe Raiders football begins delayed Spring Camp

Football players required to follow guidelines laid out by AHS

46 new COVID-19 cases reported Wednesday in Alberta

Province has completed more than 500,000 COVID-19 tests

Mary C. Moore Public Library receives reopening helping hand from Lacombe Ford

Library computer services now available by appointment

PODCAST: COVID-19 and the US Election

The Expert welcomes Burman University Political Scientist Marc Froese

PODCAST: The Expert tackles the return of sports

Cam Moon, Joe Whitbread, Byron Hackett and Todd Vaughan discuss how sports can come back

PODCAST: COVID-19 and the US Election

The Expert welcomes Burman University Political Scientist Marc Froese

Sylvan Lake RCMP continue search for missing man

43-year-old Steven Hull’s last known whereabouts were in the Sylvan Lake area on May 28

After lobbying, Catholic Church won $1.4B in virus aid

Faith-based organizations aren’t usually eligible for money

Supreme Court to rule on constitutionality of genetic discrimination law

Canadian Coalition for Genetic Fairness challenges ruling

Racist slurs during Conservative leadership debate not surprising: Lewis

Racist slurs during Conservative leadership debate not surprising: Lewis

Most Read