Is it safe to get your haircut?

is it safe to get a haircut pandemic
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Venturing away from the safety of home is a calculated risk during the COVID-19 pandemic. Whether it’s for essentials at the grocery store or a much-needed haircut for those unwilling to take their chances with clippers at home, there are many factors to consider. 

Experts in public health told the Washington Post that while they would get a haircut as states reopen salons and barber shops, there are several factors which must be in play for them to do so comfortably:

  • Maintaining a six-foot distance between themselves and other clients.
  • Having hairdressers and barbers wear masks as well as wearing masks themselves.
  • Washing hair at home beforehand.
  • Delaying longer processes like coloring or perms until a larger decline in infections is observed in their communities.
  • Looking for haircuts being offered outdoors. 

While you may need to get a correction for botched at-home color or a bad do-it-yourself haircut, as many have in quarantine, check with your local salon for an appointment before testing fate as a walk-in. According to Slate, salons and barbershops are allowing fewer people in the building in the first place. The days of double-booking and walk-in haircuts are effectively over in the name of safety. 

Hairdressing and other services provided by salons are also inherently sanitary. There may be differences in the types of sanitary regulations based on location, but salons are generally expected to sanitize tools and replace dirty linens, such as towels, between clients. Combined with spacing out appointments and moving salon work stations six feet apart, salons across the country are working to make their facilities safer.

Ultimately, it is up to you. If you feel your local salon is taking proper precautions and you are taking precautions for yourself, you should feel free to get a haircut. However, you may want to leave any color corrections or color changes until infection rates have shown a steady decline. Public health experts are saying these are the circumstances in which they would be comfortable sitting for longer hairdressing processes. 

Sources: Washington Post, Slate, Supercuts, Houston Chronicle

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