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Start Smart: Reopening Salons Means New Cleaning Protocols

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Preparing to reopen your salon? Cleanliness remains top of mind for business people and consumers alike. Now that stay-at-home orders are being relaxed or lifted across the country, savvy salon operators are anticipating our new normal and putting cleanliness – and therefore safety – front and center.

Salons have always had to adhere to health and safety practices, and we all have our own best practices for keeping the salon clean, but now is the time for your team to focus on new cleaning practices. Here is some guidance from industry experts which we all should use to prepare to reopen salons and barbershops.

CDC Guidelines

With extensive new cleaning regimens headed for our businesses, it is important to dedicate time to educate your staff on what new procedures they will need to be completing before, during and after their shift. The CDC has made worthwhile content available to employers on how to approach our new reality:

Protect Yourselves.

The internet is full of suggestions for Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) you need to have on hand to reopen your salon, but the internet isn’t always right. So we wanted to provide the following OSHA standards that may apply to preventing occupational exposure to Covid-19.

Ensure your staff feels safe returning to work by following OSHA’s personal protective Equipment (PPE) standards including making gloves, eye and face protection, and respiratory protection available to your employees. Customers are expected to be wearing facial protective equipment, as the CDC advises the use of simple cloth face coverings to slow the spread of the virus. The Mayo Clinic reminds us that wearing cloth masks do offer some protection if the wearer has the virus, but wearing a cloth face mask must be paired with frequent hand washing and proper removal.

Salon PPE

Here are the CDC suggestions regarding PPE and hand hygiene that all of your employees need to be familiar with:

Additional key times to clean hands include:

What is the Industry Saying?

Our friends over at Modern Salon have compiled a thorough and specialized list of 28 safety guidelines to help readers prepare for the return of clients to chairs. These guidelines should assist in better understanding which parts of your salon are going to require increased attention, and your staff’s attention to these guidelines is central to a successful re-opening.

These suggestions are pulled from Georgia’s Safety Guidelines for reopening Barber and Cosmetology Salons, as more states open their economies we should expect similar regulatory guidance from state governments.

Modern Salon

The Professional Beauty Association is offering this pre-opening checklist that offers some great advice that was developed in partnership with Leslie Roste, RN, BSN and leading industry infection control specialist.


Barbicide – the first name in sanitation – has partnered with Salon Today to make a Printable Cleaning Checklist available for salons and barbershops. Having a printed checklist posted in a public area of your shop not only serves as a continual reminder to staff, but also assures clients that a concerted effort is being made to protect them. This list includes Barbicide products that comply with safety guidelines, and if you haven’t completed your Barbicide certification, now is probably a really good time to do that.


Once you’ve established you’ve worked out how you and your staff will meet new sanitation protocols for your salon you’ll be ready to open your appointment book for clients. These additional cleaning procedures should be highlighted in your pre-appointment client communications. Make the most of this opportunity and check out our article “How to Prepare your Clients for your Re-Opening” where you will find numerous ways to effectively reach your clients in these uncertain times.

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