August 15, 2020

Face Treatments Are Back: Here’s What You Need To Know


From the 15th August, salons will now be allowed to carry out face treatments including eyebrows. This will only apply to salons and spas based in England and does not include areas where there is a local lockdown in place. You can see details of local lockdowns here.

From the 15th August, your salon will be able to provide these treatments:

  • Microblading
  • Eyelash and facial treatments
  • Eyebrow threading
  • Intricate beard work
  • Facial massages
  • Facial waxing and threading
  • Makeup application
  • Botox and fillers

We’ve heard mixed reviews on the return on these treatments. On the one hand, salons are happy to be able to offer their full range of treatments, but bringing them back is not that simple.

Short treatments like eyebrows might only take 10-15 minutes, but you then have a 15 minute cleaning period between customers. You have a choice: double the price for a simple treatment, or make a loss by offering it.

The case for bundling services

One great way to make sure you don’t make a loss on these shorter treatments is to only offer them in bundles. This could mean that eyebrow threading is only available as an add-on to another treatment. Try to keep the client in the same place for both treatments to avoid needing to clean 2 work stations. 

Remember, if you are bundling eyebrow threading with an eyebrow tint, it’s important that you still make time for a patch test, even on your regulars. Too much time has passed to be able to take this risk.

Time to streamline your cleaning

COVID-19 cleaning is not like anything we’ve ever encountered in the salon world before. Rather than doing the deep clean at the end of the day, we’re doing it between each and every client. Streamlining this process and making sure everyone knows who is responsible for what is the best way to make sure this doesn’t take up too much of your time. 

You can also switch to disposable products where possible to cut down on cleaning equipment. If you’re coming up against something that is difficult to clean – fabric chairs, or chair arms, for example – consider covering them with plastic or removing them for the time being.

Threading adjustments

Another issue beauty therapists are facing with threading treatments is that you can no longer use your mouth to hold the thread. We’ve heard from some therapists saying they wrap the thread around their neck to control it. This is certainly a solution. We’d love to hear how your team is getting around these new obstacles!

Making your PPE more comfortable

The government has also advised that salon professionals should now wear a mask and a visor to help prevent the spread of coronavirus. We’ve heard from many salon owners that this is very unpopular. The visors can easily steam up and doubling up on protection can get very warm and uncomfortable. And if you also wear glasses, it can be even more difficult. We’ve been looking for ways to make PPE more comfortable and found these resources.

How to stop your glasses steaming up while wearing a mask

How to make an ear-saver for your face mask

You can also try this simple hack from a former dental assistant:

former dental assistant:

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