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Coronavirus: Hair stylists offer virtual visits in lockdown

Coronavirus: Hair stylists offer virtual visits in lockdown
Image copyright Paul Phillips / Chopp Hair Image caption Paul Phillips has been offering consultations over FaceTime Hairdressers have been offering virtual appointments to help people style their hair at home.Stylists are using apps including FaceTime, Zoom, and YouTube to provide customers live one-to-one advice and tutorials.While salons have already reopened in France and Germany,…

Paul Phillips has been offering consultations over FaceTime

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Paul Phillips has been offering consultations over FaceTime.

Hairdressers have been using virtual appointments to help individuals design their hair at home.

Stylists are using apps including FaceTime, Zoom, and YouTube to provide customers live one-to-one suggestions and tutorials.

While beauty salons have actually currently reopened in France and Germany, hairdressers in the UK anticipate to stay closed till July.

A market report estimated the hair and appeal sector contributed ₤ 6.6 bn to the nation’s economy in 2015

Paul Phillips owns Chopp Beauty parlor in Leigh-on-Sea in Essex, which shut in March when the coronavirus lockdown started.

He provides a service called Chopp Drops, in which he provides hair products to customers’ doorsteps and then demonstrates via video call how to apply the treatment.

” Most hairdressers state you ought to never ever colour your hair in your home, and in typical times I ‘d concur,” he says.

” But great deals of customers’ psychological health has actually been impacted by the existing circumstance, so sorting out grey roots and split ends makes them feel much better.”

Paul states he provides to 26 clients a day, but includes that he bewares to only use recommendations that is possible in the house.

” It’s too technical to color blonde hair, so those customers regretfully need to stand by and wait for the lockdown to be over,” he describes.

” You don’t want someone to mess up and then have to live with it for another 7 weeks.”

‘ Time to focus’

Most of the hair stylists the BBC spoke to offered bespoke hair kits and virtual visits priced between ₤30 and ₤150

Ebuni Ajiduah is a hair loss-specialist. She has actually also moved her consultations online, providing customers house treatments, and when needed referring them to skin doctors for more guidance.

” People now have the time to concentrate on things they might have neglected,” she says, adding that she’s seen an increased demand for her services.

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Ebuni Ajiduah runs a weekly wash day online.

” We talk about the products we use and how we twist our hair,” she says.

Some hairdressers recommend against cutting your own hair however are still using other suggestions online.

” We have brand-new clients which have never ever even been to our beauty salon, the demand is big,” Mr Van Clarke says.

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Michael Van Clarke is trying to continue service the customers he usually sees in his salon.

Senior service technicians perform a hair assessment over a preliminary video call, advise on treatments and products, send them out and then offer a follow-up consultation to observe and guide the customer.

” Some individuals like their hands held for reassurance, so our technicians can show them how to hold the brush and for how long to leave colour on for,” Mr Van Clarke includes.


Gina Conway, who runs three hair salons in London, thinks this could end up being the “new normal”.

” Even when lockdown is over, it’s going to be turmoil,” she explains.

Gina states she’s now rotating to focus on the web.

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