The Village Hair Shop at East Hoathly has had an extensive refit ready for reopening on Saturday.
Salon owners Michele Wright and Lisa Munn have used a bounce back loan from the Government to refurbish the shop inside and out.
And they are delighted with the outcome. There are fewer seats, four stations now instead of six, because only two stylists will work at any one time.
The team of five hairdressers will work on different days and when they are in they will have one side of the shop to themselves, with a moveable screen between their two stations.
“This is our new normal. We won’t bring back the two centre stations,” said Michele. “We like the additional space.”
This week she and Lisa are putting the finishing touches to the decoration and bringing in the extras designed to make the shop Covid-19 safe, and comfortable, for everyone.
The two who have run the business together for 23 years, and been friends for 34 years, have chosen to be positive about the changes brought about by the Coronavirus.
Yes, they will be working 14 hour days, but there will be time between appointments to clean their work stations, take a break, and stay fresh for the next client.
New gadgets are in place to sanitise the mobile phones of customers, and hairdressing equipment, and a UV ozone lamp will run when the shop is empty, to sanitise the shop.
Lisa said: “We will be looking after customers and we need them to look after us too, so we have drawn up regulations, and each time an appointment is booked we explain what will happen.”
For example, customers will be asked to wait outside, and sanitise their hands, before their hairdresser opens the door and welcomes them in.
They will wear disposable gowns – and can choose whether to wear a mask – while the hairdressers will wear disposable aprons and visors and use screen guards.
Customers are asked not to come into the salon if showing signs of Covid-19 and cancellation fees will be waived for this.
Michele and Lisa says there won’t be magazines to read or refreshments offered and they are advising customers to bring in their own water to drink.
But as Lisa says: “This is a small, friendly, village salon which makes it a special environment and we are very much looking forward to opening again. We will have some fun.”