We Will Don Our Salon Aprons Again..
While we know many are out of work right now, there will be a time we all don our salon aprons and go back and sanitation of our salons will be more important than ever. Customers and salon employees alike rely on having a hygienic salon environment. By definition, salons have many people working together in close proximity on a daily basis, and salon interactions often involve tools and clothing that must be cleaned frequently. Despite those challenges, the tips and practices covered in this article can make running a hygienic salon much easier.
Have the Proper Supplies on Hand
As the other sections of this article will imply, proper hygiene is much easier to maintain with the right supplies on hand. You’ll need to provide ample access to soap and water, disinfecting solutions, and the other items needed to clean tools and surface areas, including paper towels. Additionally, it is important to have clean clothing at all times, as pointed out by SalonsDirect magazine. That means that if your business’s employees are lacking an esthetician uniform or two, you shouldn’t hesitate to beef up your supply.
The same goes for items that aren’t reusable: If an item is meant to be used only one time, then it needs to be disposed of for hygienic reasons. Salons that try to skirt this rule are setting themselves—and their customers—up for trouble.
As covered by beauty blogger Esther Bolkin, sanitation is essential to salon hygiene. Bolkin describes sanitation as a means to “kill the single-cell microorganisms we call bacteria.” While not all bacteria are harmful, sanitation is important because it kills the ones that do cause harm. (The harmful types are known as pathogenic bacteria, and they are responsible for infections, per Healthline.) Using an antibacterial soap can go a very long way toward knocking out pathogenic bacteria.
Regarding proper hand-washing technique, the recommendation from the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) is to “scrub your hands for at least 20 seconds.” If you need an easy way to time that out, the CDC recommends humming the “Happy Birthday” tune twice over.
Disinfection Is Required, Too
Sanitation alone does not suffice because it is less effective at getting rid of “spores and viruses,” according to Boykin. In other words, it is good at eliminating certain types of germs but not others. For salons, disinfection is required for tools and surfaces such as handles, doorknobs, and tables. Dispensers need to be cleaned regularly as well.
It is imperative to disinfect “any item that touches a customer” between uses. Tools, for instance, need to be soaked for 10 minutes in a disinfecting substance, with examples being Barbicide, quats, or alcohol, per Boykin. (That means employees may require reminders to not just stick their tools in their salon aprons after use.) For more details on using a disinfectant, refer to the specific instructions supplied by the disinfectant’s manufacturer.
Sterilization: The Ultimate Measure
Sterilization is a technique more commonly associated with a dentist’s office or medical facility than a salon. However, salon employees should still be familiar with it because it is the ultimate germ-killing measure: Sterilization creates an environment that germs absolutely cannot survive in. For salons, Boykin recommends sterilizing tools such as an autoclave and a glass bead sterilizer, with the latter being particularly suitable for use in smaller facilities.
Cover Your Bases with JMT Beauty
Need to stock up on goods like hairdresser uniforms and tools? JMT Beauty has your back. We have a full line of salon supplies as well as salon apparel and other necessities in our online store. If you have a question, just get in touch through the form here or by calling 510-489-8368. We look forward to helping you run a successful, hygienic salon!