Fall 2021

The weather has changed and it’s getting a little cooler in our fine city.  We are approaching FLU season and I encourage everyone to head to their local pharmacy and get their flu shot.  It seemed as if we skipped flu season last year, most likely to our high standards of hygiene these days.  I have had a few clients down with a cold this season (thankfully they rescheduled their appointment so as to protect all of my clients and me).  It used to be commonplace to come to work or appointments with a cold but that seems a thing of the past!  

Speaking of shots I received my second Pfizer vaccination shot on July 11, 2021 and my coworker received her 2nd shot in August.  We are fully vaccinated and while we do appreciate clients who have also been fully vaccinated we are not asking for your passports.  We are still asking (and providing masks) for our clients.  It is impossible for us to do our jobs if we were to maintain social distancing.  We feel that asking our clients to wear a mask while we are working on them is such a small thing and we do really appreciate your effort to keeping us safe so we can continue working.  

Over the last 18 months we have done everything in our power to provide a safe space for clients  to feel safe during their appointments at the salon. We use the most up to date, hospital grade sanitizers and disinfectants in the salon.  We are still adhering to the strict cleaning regimes that are put forth by Work Safe BC.  We still have a limit of 4 people in the salon.  We are not accepting walk in appointments but rather we are asking clients to call in for appointments or to be put on a cancellation list.  I have changed my schedule in order to provide as many one on one (private) appointments as possible.  While working alone, we will have the door locked for safety.  If you are expected the door is opened for you, if you are not expected a knock on the door will alert us that you are there.  This is an additional measure to increase safety for all. 

As the silly season approaches I can say that my December is almost booked up.  If you are wanting to get in before Christmas you may want to call in.  250-870-6171

Spring 2021

I have not had a cold in ages, however I am a bit sensitive now to allergies.  Who knew?  I had a lovely Christmastime and had a few New Years resolutions.  Our location received a new heater/ac unit and also had the vents cleaned.  This has improved our ventilation and also our electricity bills!  The old unit was 20+ years old and the new one is far more efficient and I believe we will notice a nice cooling effect in the summer.  Nothing has changed with our covid policies as of yet, we are still mandated to wear masks and only allow 4 people at a time in the salon.  If you are unsure of what we are doing please ask me to go over the list to ease your mind. 

Speaking of the Covid 19 response, on May 11, 2021 I received my first Pfizer inoculation.  Next one will be in August.  As soon as we get the go ahead, the first thing will be to open up our waiting room, and allow magazines back into the salon (folks have asked).  Aside from this info, nothing much has changed other than we are fully open, fully happy to work with you on your hair care needs.  I still am booking private appointments with all my clientele and providing my best service to you.  New customers are welcome as well.  Call or text, 250-870-6171 for an appointment.  

Winter 2020

So far so good, with flu season upon us we have managed to stay calm, be safe and muster through.  We are doing everything safely and it seems as if I live at the salon now.  I am serving one customer at a time during my day and still am not feeling comfortable with double booking just yet.  I believe I may wait till spring or until there is widespread vaccine coverage.  That being said, I am working long hours trying to serve all my regular customers and striving to find time for the new folks who are wanting to visit me.  I ask for folks to be mindful that I am not as flexible as I used to be and a last minute cancellation is extremely detrimental to my day.  I urge everyone to prebook to get their perfect time but also try hard to keep the appointment.  I realize that things happen, and am understanding when things don’t go to plan but scrambling last minute to fill a 2.5 hour appointment is difficult.  Thank you in advance for being mindful of the restrictions during this weird time.  We are all so fatigued by this…trust me, I feel it too. 

Moving on…there are a few changes I have added to my business to allow for ease of use.  The first is an additional payment option to allow for “contactless” debit and credit payments.  Super happy to offer this option albeit at a additional 3% convenience fee (I wish I could absorb this cost but right now I can’t take a cut in pay).  The device is up and running now and it really is convenient.  As you may know I have also been an advocate of the Local Gift Card program since it’s conception.  If you are someone who wants to support local businesses (like mine) please visit the website to get more information.  From all of us small businesses we thank you for your support. 

The second change is my supply run days.  I have moved this auspicious day from Monday (my day off) to Thursday afternoons.  This has happened because of my recent working hour changes.  I now have Thursday afternoons off to do errands and run around and that leaves my day off for my rest.  If you have a product request please get a hold of me during my working hours: Tuesday, Wednesday, Saturday 11-6, Thursday 9-1 or Friday 1-8.  Sunday, Monday and Holidays are now strictly my days off.  

Autumn 2020

Still open and going strong.  I am offering full service (meaning blow outs) and have changed my hours to offer more choices to clients for their hair care needs.  My hours are as follows: Tuesday, Wednesday and Saturday 11am to 6pm, Thursday 9am to 1pm and Friday 1pm to 8pm.  I am hoping that I am able to cover all requests for this holiday and winter season.  I deeply appreciate your business while this crazy world happens around us.  Starting January, I will be accepting debit and credit for payment using the “Square”.  There is a small fee for this convenience but the same payment options you have used before (cash, cheque and etransfer) will also be available.  Also, my Instagram social platform has totally changed to a salon only focus.  Hope you join me there.

July 2020

Mandatory masks for both clients and stylists prevent the spread.  Here is a news article to back that statement up.  CTV NEWS

June 2020

We are so excited to get back to doing what we love to do – serving you.  We will have flexible hours/days for the first weeks of our return as we work together to navigate this new normal. We thank you in advance for your patience as we work to safely get back to providing you with the best possible care. Please visit the Covid-19 Response Page for our safe practices.

Your stylist, Susanne

PS: Below is some information because I have been asked to produce some factual information about this topic.  

—– Can blow drying hair spread the virus? —–

Speaking of blowing air, readers like Rita M. are wondering if the hair dryer at the salon can spread COVID-19.

The experts we asked said it is a possibility, but there isn’t any concrete data to back it up. 

Blow drying may spread droplet particles beyond “the two-metre radius that we normally talk about with breathing, coughing and sneezing,” said Dr. Mark Downing, infectious disease physician at St. Joseph’s Health Centre in Toronto. 

But “the risk is extremely low,” said Dr. Zain Chagla, infectious disease physician at St. Joseph’s Healthcare in Hamilton.

“If someone were to breathe, cough, or sneeze droplets while the hair dryer is running, it could technically push the droplet around,” he said.

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The risk of COVID-19 being spread by blow dryers at a salon is “extremely low,” experts say — especially if the client and stylist are taking proper precautions. (Alexandre Lauzon/Radio-Canada)

“That being said, the dry air from the hair dryer as well as the heat will likely disrupt the virus within that droplet, making it less infectious.”

The real risk in a salon doesn’t come from blow dryers, our experts agreed, but from our close proximity to others and the potential contact with high-touch surfaces.

The Alberta government said blow drying is not recommended unless both the stylist and client wear masks. Our experts said that is something everyone should be doing anyway when physical distancing is a challenge. Both stylists and clients should be sure to wash their hands and avoid coming in if they’re sick. 

Hair salons should also book appointments in advance to minimize walk-in traffic, maintain adequate spacing between customers — including in the waiting areas — and disinfect surfaces and equipment between each appointment.  

Read the full CBC full article here:

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