Hairdresser of the Year Robert Eaton shows how the post-lockdown hair salon will look

As hair salons prepare to reopen on Saturday, Robert Eaton, creative director at Russell Eaton Hair Salon in Leeds, tells Stephanie Smith what customers can expect from their post-lockdown appointment.

Robert Eaton prepares to open at the Russell Eaton salon in Leeds.

Visors, screens and signage galore are the new normal at the hair salon. It might look strange, but these are necessary measures, says British Hairdresser of the Year Robert Eaton, as he prepared the Russell Eaton Salon in Leeds ready to open on Saturday. “The salon experience will be very different, with socially distanced appointments and stylists wearing PPE, but we will still deliver high-quality service.”

Socially distanced training means practising with dummy heads.
Robert Eaton is reigning British Hairdresser of the Year.

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Hair stylists maybe wearing face masks and visors where social distancing is not possible.
Customers may be asked to pre-pay to limit the risk of gathering around the reception desk.
There will be fewer people in the salon and appointments will be staggered.
In-salon refreshments or magazines may not be offered, to reduce contact.
Customers may be asked to wear a face mask and to use hand sanitiser gel
A one-way system will in place.
All appointments must be booked, so walk-in clients may not be allowed.