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Many people have been waiting for the triumphant moment when they can get their first coronavirus haircut after quarantine.

During this time, it is important to continue adhering to coronavirus prevention measures as much as possible, while also accomplishing our daily goals. For many people, those daily goals include getting their hair cut safely.

Is Getting a Haircut Safe?

You can get a haircut safely. However, there are risks associated with this activity if proper protocols aren't in place. This is because of the close proximity between the stylists and client during service and the many shared surfaces.

In order to mitigate these risks, your experience at most barber shops and salons may look a little different. Based on state guidelines, salons and barber shops should currently:

  • Be performing services based on appointment
  • Not allow walk-ins or sitting in the waiting area
  • Mandate that all employees wear face masks and gloves
  • Clean all workstations before/after each client
  • Follow the strict sanitation requirements outlined by the state

While many people can go get their hair cut safely with state-mandated prevention measures in place, some people might not feel comfortable going to a hair salon or barber shop yet.

People who are vulnerable to severe illness from coronavirus, including older adults, immunocompromised individuals and those with underlying health conditions, are strongly advised to continue staying home as much as possible.

Going to a Barber or Hair Salon

Here are a few tips to keep in mind for staying safe if you chose to get a haircut.

Stay Home If You're Sick

Stay home and avoid public places if you feel ill. Before you go to the hair salon or barber, check your temperature. If it's greater than 100.4 degrees, you should stay home.

If you have tested positive for coronavirus, have been exposed to someone with coronavirus or have coronavirus symptoms, you should not get a haircut.

Leaving your home when feeling ill puts others at risk, as you could be transmitting the virus to others. Self-quarantine in your home until you have received a negative coronavirus test and have no symptoms. Most mild cases of coronavirus can be treated at home.

Wear a Mask

Wearing a mask is one of the most important actions you can take to prevent the spread of coronavirus. Make sure both you and your hair stylists are wearing a mask to cover your nose and mouth at all times.

Your hairdresser or barber will be in close proximity to you throughout your visit. The mask is essential for stopping the droplets that carry the virus from projecting into the air, minimizing transmission of the virus.

Call Your Barber or Salon In Advance

Before going to your appointment, consider calling the shop and asking them what they are doing to protect their patrons and adhere to state guidelines.

Make sure your hair salon or barber shop is allowing for social distancing, ensuring that customers can remain at least six feet apart. State policy makers, physicians and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention have provided detailed guidelines for these shops to utilize as they reopen.

Don't Be Afraid to Speak Up

If you're concerned about the way something is being handled, speak up.

Ensure that your salon's staff and other attendees have a mask on at all times. Give them a friendly reminder to properly sanitize the area you will be sitting in and wiping down the chair you will be using with cleansing wipes that contain at least 70% alcohol. Your health is important.

Be Safe After Your Visit

If you want to exercise an abundance of caution, once you come home, throw your clothes in a hamper to wash.

You can then take a shower with soap and water, making sure to wash your hair thoroughly. Put on a fresh set of washed clothes and then go about the rest of your day.