Top hairdresser says we should ask for this 'hygienic' hairstyle post-lockdown

Sarah Ilston
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From Red Online

Pre-lockdown, wondering whether our hairstyle was the most efficient to dry and the most hygienic to sport was simply not on the agenda.

Post-lockdown? With salons opening up again in a month's time (July), hairdressers are looking into the best course of action for keeping customers safe during these much sought-after appointments, and helping them stay safe once they leave the salon.

Aside from introducing social distancing measures, protective equipment for both staff and customers and intensive cleanliness in salons, Tim Hartley, former director at Vidal Sassoon, says people should consider getting a classic 1920s-style bob at their first post-pandemic appointment, claiming it’s more ‘hygienic’ than longer styles.

‘We have to think about maximising hygiene,' Hartley told The Telegraph, 'the sooner the long tresses of yesterday are dispensed with, the more hygienic it will be for us all.’

But why would the length of your hair affect cleanliness and Coronavirus prevention?

Hartley believes that opting for a long, wavy style, that requires extensive blow-drying in the salon will cause problems with spreading the virus within salons, and that it's best for other patrons and hair stylists if that part of the process is shortened.

The National Hair & Beauty Federation (NHBF) is yet to issue guidelines and advice on the use of hairdryers, but the organisation has suggested that treatment times should be limited, to control the spread of COVID-19, and lengthier styles are already off the service menu in many salons due to the risk of contamination, making a wash and go style more manageable for the time being.

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Hartley also believes having longer hair, which dangles and touches items of clothing and protective face coverings is a hazard when it comes to contamination once you leave the salon. He says shorter hair, which is also easier to keep clean in general, is the way forward, although can't be tied up out of the way.

Whatever you opt for at the salon, being able to finally get our roots covered up and a much-needed trim will surely be worth the wait and any new restrictions we have to abide by!

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