Reopening guidance for hairdressers, beauty salons and barbershops

Reopening guidance for hairdressers, beauty salons and barbershops

Reopening guidance for hairdressers, beauty salons and barbershops: the technical guidelines to adapting your premises and limit COVID-19 contagion risk, with a 3D project ready to use

As lockdowns ease around the world, hair and beauty salon owners and employees are returning to workplaces that in order to open must prepare safety protocols to meet COVID-19 secure guidelines and adapt their salons to operate safely. So, if you are a beauty salon/ hair service business’ owner or a construction professional appointed to adapt salon premises according to anti-contagion measures, then you’ve landed on the right page.

In this focus article we’ll be showing you everything you need to do to safely reopen your business (hairdressers, barbershops and beauticians) and to adapt your premise to the new anti-COVID-19 measures. We’ll provide you:

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Here’s a render produced with Edificius in which we have rearranged  hair salon spaces taking into account the measures to limit and mitigate the COVID-19 contagion risk.

Reopening guidance for hairdressers, beauty salons and barbershops

Hair salon reopening | Render of a hair washing/styling area created with Edificius

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In the first part of this post you’ll find some useful guidelines specifically for employers, while the second part will address technicians that have been appointed to transform a workplace to be compliant with safety measures.

The employer’s obligations

Prevention and protection measures for hair and beauty salons reopening

During the COVID-19 public health emergency, all hair salons, beauty salons and barbershops should stay up to date with any changes to national requirements related to personal care services and incorporate those changes into their operations. This guidance is not intended to replace any existing applicable local, state, and federal laws, regulations, and standards.

Reopening guidance for hairdressers, beauty salons and barbershops

hairdresser safety measures

Recommended best practices for hairdressing and beauty salons reopening

Hairdressers and  personal care industry in general (barbers and beauticians’ services) that are getting set to reopen, should adopt the following anti-COVID-19 safety measures:

  • prepare adequate information on prevention measures,
  • allow customer access only by booking and keep the attendance list for a period of 14 days,
  • detect body temperature, preventing access in case of temperature> 37.5 ° C,
  • allow customers to stay inside the premises, limited to the time necessary to provide the service or treatment,
  • allow the simultaneous presence of a limited number of customers based on the capacity of the room,
  • waiting rooms must be closed and lines should be avoided, to the extent possible,
  • rearrange spaces to guarantee safe distance according to logistical and structural conditions, to ensure that at least 2-meter distancing (at least 6 feet) is maintained both between the individual workstations and between the customers,
  • delimit the work area, where possible, with adequate sneeze guards,
  • provide alcohol solutions for hand hygiene of customers and operators, with the recommendation of frequent hand washing,
  • provide tissues in the salon/treatment room, with no-touch dispensers
  • avoid contact with high-touch surfaces, remove magazines and product brochures,
  • operators and customers must wear protection masks and keep the distance compatible with the specific service,
  • in case of services that require a close distance (especially in beauty salons), staff must wear the FFP2 protective visor or mask without valve,
  • staff must frequently sanitize hands with hydro-alcoholic solutions and use disposable jackets/aprons,
  • differentiate common use gloves from gloves used for special treatments,
  • ensure adequate cleaning and disinfection of work surfaces before serving a new customer and adequate disinfection of equipment and accessories, along with handrails and door handles, sanitizing workstations after each customer service and ensure regular cleaning and disinfection of toilets,
  • encourage regular and frequent air exchange and totally exclude the air recirculation function in air conditioning systems,
  • equip the cash desk with sneeze guards and encourage electronic payment methods.
Reopening guidance for hairdressers, beauty salons and barbershops

Hairdresser reopening | Salon floor plan with measures in response to COVID-19

The above image shows the detail of a hairdressing salon floor plan where:

  • only non-contiguous workstations are used at the same time (circled in green),
  • the use of workstations (indicated in red) that do not respect the distance has been limited
  • the minimum distance between the stations in use has been verified,
  • sanitizing gel dispensers have been installed (in yellow),
  • social distancing markers are indicated on the floor.

A beauty salon has slightly different characteristics than a hair salon or barbershop. Typical safety measures in a beauty salon should already be designed and put in place to guarantee the health and safety of people in the workplace, including staff, visitors and members of the public. This include control of substances hazardous to Health Regulations, such as chemicals, biological agents, humid areas, etc.

Let’s see in detail what are some measures to respond to COVID-19 for a beauty salon:

  • during beauty treatments, the cabin panels must be closed,
  • specific measures must be taken for face care operations, in particular for treatments that involve the use of steam, alternative operations must be provided where possible. These treatments can only be carried out in physically separate rooms, which must be ventilated at the end of each service,
  • at the end of each session, films, disposable sheets and whatever else has been used for the treatment must be removed using gloves,
  • clean and disinfect all surfaces of the salon booths after each customer’s treatments using hydroalcoholic or chlorine-based disinfectants,
  • before letting the next customer enter, it is necessary to guarantee air replacing or ventilation within the booth.

Technical guidance

A number of European countries have begun reopening salons as part of the first stages of easing lockdown restrictions – but they have strict rules in place.

Reopening guidance for hairdressers, beauty salons and barbershops

Hair and beauty salon reopening | Render of cash desk and reception area

First of all, download my hair salon BIM model, that will help you to better adapt your workplace and achieve a safe and healthy return to work with appropriate preventive measures.

Remember that, to be able to open the BIM model, you can download the free trial version of Edificius.

How to replan your hair salon spaces

To better adapt your salon environments before reopening, you can adopt the following solutions:

  • signs and information brochures on contagion prevention measures: The customer, by reading the QR Code on the sign with a smartphone, will receive videos or in-depth information on the protection and prevention behaviors to be adopted,
  • reorganize spaces and workstations: you can rethink spaces and distribution of workstations in order to ensure that at least 2 meter (6 feet) distancing is kept between individual workstations and customers,
  • delimit the work area for more safety with protective sneeze guards (waterproof, cleanable and preferably transparent) suitable to prevent infection,
  • provide for hand sanitization dispensers near the entrance and workstations, for customers and staff.
  • equip the cash desk area with plexiglass panels; alternatively, staff must wear a mask and have hand sanitizing gel available,
  • internal path ways: depending on the space, you can establisj a mandatory route for customers so as to guide them to the different stations for treatments or to toilets,
  • air exchange systems: make sure that the right air exchange is guaranteed in all environments through natural and / or forced ventilation. Provide air conditioning systems to limit the risks of contagion.

Case study: hair salon reopening

Let’s now be taking a look at a practical case study for best practice tips.

The surveyed stage

The hairdresser salon is a retail space of about 100 m², consisting of:

  • entrance,
  • styling area,
  • storage room
  • bathrooms, separated by gender.
Reopening guidance for hairdressers, beauty salons and barbershops

Hairdresser shop reopening | Surveyed stage floor plan

The cash desk and waiting room are located near the entrance.

The cash desk is furnished with a reception desk designed both for the reception and customers’ check out and products display at the back.

The salon is divided into 2 main areas for separate female and male treatments. Each section is divided into 2 further areas: one for washing and one for cutting / styling, set up with 3 workstations.

Restrooms have an anteroom and are divided by gender.

The project

Reopening guidance for hairdressers, beauty salons and barbershops

Hair salon reopening | Floor plan render with COVID-19 prevention measures


The entrance area is the one that has undergone a major transformation. The waiting area was, in fact, completely rearranged: the sofas and the table with magazines were removed, and a large built-in wardrobe was created for storing overcoats, bags and other customers’ personal belongings.

A table with sanitizing gel, a pack of disposable masks, a pack of disposable gloves, a waste bin with pedal opening and signs with the main signs to follow in the salon have been positioned along the wall opposite the entrance.

A dispenser with sanitizing gel and for measuring body temperature has been placed near the entrance door. In addition, sneeze guards in transparent, waterproof and sanitizable material have been mounted at the cash desk.

Reopening guidance for hairdressers, beauty salons and barbershops

hair and beauty salon reopening | Entrance render

Services/treatments area

The actual salon has not undergone many transformations: the number of workstations used at the same time has only been reduced. For each section (male and female), the styling and cutting stations were reduced from 3 to 2 and those for washing from 2 to 1. Specifically, the stations were not physically removed but only the use. A column for the distribution of sanitizing gel has been positioned near all workstations.

Path marker stickers have been placed on the floor to help respect path ways and the minimum interpersonal distance.

Reopening guidance for hairdressers, beauty salons and barbershops

Hair salon reopening | Styling area render

Edificius video

In this video I’ll show you the steps to adapt a hair salon and be compliant with COVID-19 prevention mesuares, using Edificius, the architectural BIM design software.

Project material

Download the supporting material that can help you rearranging a hairdresser shop, in relation to the measures to mitigate the risk of contagion from COVID-19.

Project file

3D project created with Edificius

Brief presentation slides

A summary of the tips and guidelines to reopen your hair service business.