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Covid19. Corona. The Rona. No matter what you call it, it’s changed our way of life. Everything from kids “crisis schooling” , standing for an hour to get into Costco and the great to mask or not mask debate. Stores, schools, offices, salons and spas have closed, and thankfully are slowly reopening.
 
As a licensed esthetician  of 26 years, I’ve seen so many changes and advanced in the beauty industry, but could have never predicted  what’s about to happen.  Even though I don’t work in a salon setting anymore, I’ve spoken to many counterparts across the world (via Facebook groups) to find out the changes they are making.
 
Many salons already had phenomenal sanitization and sterilization protocols in place, while others had to revamp their entire salons to meet the suggested protocols. With these changes will inevitably come price increases. In trying to help source PPE, I’ve found prices have skyrocketed- if you can even find some. For example, one of my regular suppliers sold basic surgical masks pre-corona for $50 for a box of 50. The price now? $9 for 5 masks.

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Popping in for a last minute blow out or manicure is a thing of the past. Generally speaking, here is what you can expect at your next salon/ spa visit:
 
1) You will be asked to fill out an Assessment Form 24 hours before your scheduled appointment.
2) You may have your temperature checked before you enter. You will not be allowed to bring anyone with you, unless they are having a service as well.
3) Shoes will be covered, gloves and mask provided (many are asking you to bring your own clean mask).
4) Some are asking you not to bring purses or large bags, and if you are, they will be put in a large plastic bag along with your coat etc.
5) Conversation will be kept at a minimum at the entrance as to not cause crowding.
 
You will be brought to your service area, where your stylist/ esthetician/ nail technician will resemble a surgeon about to enter a theatre. Some stylists will not be blowdrying or styling hair. You will likely have a plexiglass barrier between you and your nail technician. Some estheticians are implementing plexiglass boxes to use for facials and many won’t be using steam for facials. When you are ready to pay, you may only be able to use credit cards/ Etransfers in order to avoid the exchange of money.
 
These measures may seem extreme, but again, it’s for everyone’s protection.

Example of droplet screens being used

Going to get your hair/ nails done is a necessity to some, a pampering experience to others. What do you do when you don’t feel pampered? The beauty industry has come up with ingenious solutions!
 
Some stylists will provide your colour formula with what you need to touch up your regrowth. There are estheticians putting together ‘facials in a box’ for your skin condition. Professional wax kits with instructions are being made available. I’ve been offering my friends a chance to do their own gel polish and foot care by doing videos online with products from https://shirli.gelmoment.com/.  Always speak to a professional about what you need!
 
Whatever you decide to do, whether it be going back to the salon, or doing your own services, enjoy it! Self care is always important, especially now. Be well.

“I didn’t have a special gift in anything when I was a little kid,” Goldstein says. “Doctors told my parents I would never be an athlete, but I never used it as an excuse. Rather than make excuses, I fought back. I was never aggressive, I was just unafraid. I had the gift of work. It’s really all any of us have.”

Shirli East has been a licenced esthetician in Manitoba since 1994.  She has been a spa manager, instructor, MC College school director (hair, esthetics and fashion design) and is currently a professional training coordinator with the province of Manitoba and is considered a subject expert in the area of esthetics.  
 

 

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