Regardless of your stance on masks or vaccines, here is what salon owners need to know. With the covid-19 vaccine available to the public, many cities lifted their mandatory mask policies months ago. As a result, many cities are no longer required to wear a mask during familiar summer activities such as vacationing, wedding celebrations, and taking the kids to get "back to school" haircuts.
I think it is safe to say that we all were greatly impacted by Covid-19, but businesses were hit even harder. Covid-19 started affecting us all in March of 2020, and for many, life has seemed to return to normal; we don't need to wear masks everywhere we go, we can get our hair and nails done, and we can even go out to clubs and bars again.
According to Merriam-Webster, a trichologist is "a person who specializes in hair and scalp care and treatment of associated conditions." More and more stylists and salon owners are familiarizing themselves with Trichology because it is so important, especially if you are working with hair and looking at people's scalps all day. Cosmetology school teaches stylists plenty about hair but not enough about the scalp, and that's why studying Trichology is vital in being a hairstylist.
Why do the ingredients matter? Washing your hair exposes the scalp and follicle to chemical change and potentially damaging additives. You must understand what you’re putting on your head to reap the benefits. Routine washing will remove any dirt and excess oils you’ve accumulated throughout the day. But you could be making matters worse by using the wrong shampoo.
For the hair care industry, there has been a shortage of hair and, with the supply chain disruption worldwide, many hair replacement salons have been either forced out of business, made the difficult decision to retire early, or even be acquired by larger companies like Hair Club.
We all know that taking care of your hair is extremely important to keep it strong, healthy, and growing, but it is also just as important to take care of your scalp as well. Your scalp may be hidden under your hair, but that doesn't mean it doesn't need to be taken care of properly.
Hair clinics everywhere are struggling to meet the demand for hair commodities. With delivery delays stretching back for months, salons are wondering what they have to offer. If there's no hair to apply, what else can clients expect from us? The Hair Society discussion panel all agreed this is an awkward situation for our industry. Hair system clients cannot obtain new units as frequently, and we've exhausted all possible alternatives.
It is of no surprise that COVID-19 has drastically changed the way we live our lives and conduct our business. We are constantly adapting and reevaluating our strategies to provide quality service and products in a timely manner. That being said, the obstacles of dealing with international production and shipments during a pandemic has proven to be an immense uphill climb for vendors and hair replacement salons alike, not too mention the end user, the hair wearer.
At the beginning of 2020, a few salons were seeing increased revenue in comparison to 2019. One hair salon reported, "We were up 25%. And then we were shut down for six weeks.". The pandemic has not only made local impacts, but it also hit us all globally. It is important to remember the repercussions of covid-19 are happening worldwide, not just in our communities. From lockdowns to border closures, the coronavirus has disrupted the system of trade for goods and services in the hair industry around the globe.