After months without personal and beauty treatments, many people are very happy to see these important personal services opening for clients.   

While it’s exciting to say good bye to chipped nails, hairy legs, bushy eyebrows, pasty skin and grey hairs, it’s important to know that visiting your trusted beauty providers will be a little different as businesses reopen within strict safety and hygiene requirements. 

From 1 June, Central Geelong’s beauty therapy, tanning, waxing, nail spas, massage and tattoo providers can open with up to 20 patrons and within strict social distancing and hygiene requirements for both staff and customers.  

Expect to book for all treatments and provide contact name and phone details whenever you receive a treatment. All salons are required to have provisions in place to record client and visitor contact details to assist in contact tracing if required and you can expect to see increased signage explaining maximum numbers within the premises and compliance requirements on display. 

Many businesses have spent time preparing their premises for reopening. Implementing increased safety and hygiene measures including deep cleaning and ensuring staff are well trained and prepared. Additional hygiene measures are a priority, from deep cleaning prior to re-opening to new cleaning schedules to ensure frequent cleaning and disinfection of high touch surfaces and bathrooms.  

SkinMD Clinic in Moorabool Street have appointments available via online bookings and have precautions in place to ensure the health and safety of clients and staff.

Adina Salon in Ryrie Street specialises in beauty therapy and is offering bookings via website or phone. All staff have been upskilling while the business was closed. The team at Adina asks customers to come alone and use the hand sanitiser at the entrance. No bedding will be used on the treatment beds to assist with the cleaning process between clients. They also ask clients to reschedule if they are feeling unwell. 

Ren Skin Health in Yarra St have both online and phone bookings available for their wide variety of beauty therapy treatments with strict COVID-19 safety plans in place. There are limited appointment times available each day to allow for an increased cleaning routine before and after clients. Hand sanitiser is available at reception and in treatment rooms. Staff have used the time away from the business to complete online training.

Physical barriers will appear at cashiers, floor markings will indicate social distancing and signs will be visible at doorways.

Shinto Tattoo Gallery are taking appointments and have a variety of new rules in place for COVID19 while Purely Piercing/ Kustome Kulture Tattoos are offering their services via appointment only and will not accept walk in customers.

It is important if you have booked a treatment to make sure you turn up for it. Know that your booking will represent a significant portion of the salon’s income for the day, so not turning up can really impact the viability of the business. Never no show – if you must cancel, please do so with plenty of notice so the business can fill the appointment time with another client. And make sure you only attend appointments when you are well. Stay home if you are unwell and seek medical attention. 

Be kind and patient with staff. They are having to adapt to many new safety and hygiene procedures and because there are limits on the number of customers based on the size of the business, many will be working with reduced staff numbers.

Be flexible when you are booking your appointments. With limited capacity you might need to make your appointment earlier or later than usual. This helps the business maximise their customers for the day.

More hair salons and barbers that had closed have reopened over recent weeks and bookings can be made via phone or online.

Rixon Hairdressing in Moorabool St have limited appointments for existing clients available via phone. All stations and chairs are being disinfected before and after each client and disposable cups are being used.

Temple Hair in Moorabool St had a mini makeover while closed and is now open for phone appointments.

Sloane Mens Grooming in Malop Street is strictly via appointment only and has developed some new rules for clients which include: come alone, if you feel unwell stay home, sanitise your hands, follow social distance requirements and be right on time – not early and not late! The team at Sloane, led by Rachel Sloane, are cleaning during, before and after every client and have limited their services to one client per barber per hour.

Central Geelong beauty, hair and personal care businesses have been adapting quickly to meet the demands of customers through these challenging times and are doing things differently to make sure they can continue to provide their expert services to customers and clients.

Making sure you support local businesses is more important than ever. Supporting local businesses keeps money in the local community. Local businesses employ local people. They also use a wide range of local suppliers in running their businesses. This keeps the money you spend with them moving through the local economy – in turn supporting more businesses and creating more local jobs. 

Free casual on and off-street parking until 30 June 2020 in Central Geelong has been introduced by the City of Greater Geelong Council as a support measure to assist businesses and residents impacted by the coronavirus pandemic. Time limits still apply.

To see the huge range of beauty, tanning, waxing, nail, hair, massage and tattoo services on offer in Central Geelong and find out more about how Central Geelong businesses are doing things differently and how you can help support local businesses visit centralgeelong.com.au or download the Love Central Geelong smartphone app.