These suggested guidelines have been adapted from the British Beauty Council’s for the safest return to work procedures. The guidelines set out clear processes and procedures covering four categories, including specifics for mobile and home salon experts.

ALL hair and beauty businesses must stay closed for now. Beauty services such as nail salons and hairdressers are considered retailers and spas considered hospitality, and therefore at this point in time, are still to remain closed to the public. A provisional date for “personal care” to return to work is set for July 4th at the earliest.

HYGIENE

• Hand cleanliness & hand treatments
• Foot treatments
• The cleaning of tools (both metal and other) and brushes
• The cleaning of working areas, including desks and hard surfaces

Nail Technicians must:

• Wash hands between every client treatment with Anti Bacterial Handwash for a minimum of 20 seconds
• Wear gloves which are to be changed frequently
• Have a good supply of brushes and a ‘contaminated box’ for used ones
• Disinfect the brushes and container/box every day.

Clients should:

• Wash hands with anti bacterial liquid soap and warm water upon entry
• Dry using a disposable hand towel
• Not touch face or any personal belongings during treatment.
• Use clean/disinfected brush with soap and warm water to clean beneath the nails, wash for 20 seconds
• Dry with a disposable hand towel.Foot Treatments
Nail technicians must:
• Not touch feet until they have been soaked in a bowl. We highly recommend that you use a foot bath with disposable liners.
• Dispose of paper towels and pedi-slippers, safely, after each treatment.

Clients should:
• Remove shoes, socks, tights, etc. upon entry and place on a paper
• Use pedi-slippers, then wash hands and dry with a disposable hand towel.

Tools (non-metal)
Nail technicians are to use single-use files, buffers etc. and dispose of these safely.

Whilst clients are asked to observe properly cleaned implements are used and no files are reused during their treatment. Files should not be reused or kept for reuse on the same client, they are a breeding ground for germs.

Tools

Specialists should ensure that:

• All tools that can be cleaned and reused are sterilised / disinfected (strictly following manufacturer instructions) using products that are tested to approved standards.
• Clean tools are kept in a clean environment until use.
• All used tools are stored in a specially marked closed box until cleansing
• Autoclaves are properly maintained according to manufacturer directions and spore tested once per month to ensure they are functioning properly.

Brushes

Nail technicians are to:

• Clean brushes after every client and store them in closed boxes.
• Brush handles are to be cleaned between clients and the outside of all containers are always to be kept clean.
• UV gel brushes should be cleaned with IPA, whilst L&P brushes are to be cleaned with the liquid monomer and their handles with IPA.

Desks & Hard Surfaces

• Items on desks are to be kept to a minimum.
• All hard surfaces should be cleaned after every client.
• All stations should have a good supply of paper towels.

CLOTHING & PROTECTION

• Uniforms: salons should ensure staff wear freshly laundered uniforms each day that have been washed at 60 degrees Celsius.
• Face masks: all nail technicians must wear suitable face masks, following manufacturer instructions for regular cleaning or disposal. Masks should be changed at the frequency recommended by the manufacturer. Disposable face masks of N95/FFP2 or better are recommended.Clients should also wear disposable masks.
• Gloves: clean gloves should be worn for every client and for cleansing afterwards. These should be powder-free nitrile gloves in the case of latex glove sensitivity.

DUST

For all services involving:
• Enhancement nail treatments
• Use of an e-fileUV gel polish with ‘builders’

Nail technicians are to have an efficient desk-top or ‘at source’ dust capture to the side of their station. These should be cleaned frequently, strictly following manufacturer instructions.

When it comes to natural nail treatments:

• Technicians are to keep nail filing dust to a minimum by disposing of paper desk towels after treatment.
• In all cases, windows and doors should be opened to maintain adequate air circulation.DISTANCING

Distancing guidelines cover:

• The service space
• Appointments
• How to deal with infections
• The use of masks, gloves and screens.

Spacing

• For salons with more than one desk, these should be spaced 2 metres apart
• Do not move around salon more than necessary and maintain a distance of 2 metres from other clients
• Clients should be clear they need to abide by salon instructions on the distancing measures put in place.
• When it comes to the use of screens, these should be considered as to whether they are an essential investment. Bear in mind they will be very restricting, attract dust and become another surface to clean. However, if deciding to use them, all other protocols must still be abided by. Screens do not provide any extra safety to clients and could in fact be unsafe if not cleaned and disinfected properly between appointments.

Appointments & Payment

Nail technicians must:

• Not permit walk-ins and operate on an appointment basis only.
• Only service one client at a time per nail technician
• Allow for time between clients for cleansing, e.g. minimum 15 mins
• Always have precleaned/disinfected or sterilised implements and tools ready
• Operate on a no-cash basis, having a credit card machine available and a tool for pressing buttons.

Clients should:

• Only enter when the previous client leaves.
• Arrive on time and alone (this includes not bringing children)
• Leave immediately after receiving treatment (even if nails are wet)Should only bring a credit / debit card – cash will not be accepted.

Infections

• Salon staff should check with clients before their appointment that they have had no flu-like symptoms for the last 7 days, including members of their household.
• Clients must comply and provide the salon with this assurance.

MOBILE & HOME SALONS

As well as adhering to the above for mobile nail technicians and home salons, both with and without a dedicated room outside of the home environment. For those without a dedicated treatment room, they should not reopen until all restrictions on visitors to the home have been fully lifted and avoid family contact with the visiting client.

Mobile salons should always:

• Ascertain that no one in the household has had any illness symptoms for the past 7 days.
• Wear disposable shoe coverings.
• Wear a mask, gloves and protective clothing on entry and dispose of all items before the next client.
• As with fixed salons, customers must provide their technician assurance that no one in their household has had symptoms for the last 7 days.