Lucas Jeffrey joins staff with his business Riverside Barber
By Pat Payton
The stylists at Glo are working hard to keep their clients safe during the Covid-19 pandemic.
Glo was one of many local businesses forced to shut down in mid-March when the government deemed hair salons non-essential workplaces. Closed for over three months, the business at 48 Water Street reopened on June 16.
Huron-Perth Public Health has strict guidelines in place for hair salons, the owners told the Independent last week. The salon has been adhering to those since opening. Now, as the province moves into a third phase, some have been eased.
“Face masks were mandatory from day one; that was the number-one rule advised,” added Shelley Mitchell, who has been a hair stylist for over 30 years.
At Glo, they also limit the number of clients in the salon by scheduling just three hairdressers at any one time. Plastic partitions have been placed between each chair as well.
“We took it one step further and put up the partition walls,” says Kristy Jantzi, a hair stylist, aesthetician for 23 years, and educator. “Clients have felt more comfortable and confident coming in, knowing that they’re not going to be side-by-side with another person. We’ve tried to take a lot of extra precautions, over and above even what the health board gave us.”
Now that some restrictions have been lifted, technically Glo could have all five stylists working at one time, but decided not to.
“We just felt it was safer to have three people working at a time,” Jantzi said. “It’s a comfort level for our guests, as well as ourselves. It means that there’s only six of us in the building at one time. The goal is to keep customers comfortable and safe.
“We have clients who work for the health board; we have people who are doctors and nurses and they work in the industry, and we want them to be super comfortable before they come in,” she added.
No inside waiting area
Because of Covid, Glo clients are not allowed to sit in a waiting area inside the salon. The salon has added outdoor seating for customers who are waiting.
“We sanitize it and ask people to sanitize their hands before they sit down to keep the outdoor waiting area clean and safe,” Mitchell says.
Clients also enter the building through one door, and exit through another. This stops the possibility of one client entering the personal bubble of another. Every chair is also thoroughly sanitized after each cut.
Customers are now given the choice if they want their hair blow-dried after a cut.
“Initially, we could just do basic haircuts and colour services,” Jantzi explained. “The health board strongly advised that we not do blow-drys. They were concerned about particles in the air.”
As of July 17, Jantzi and barber Lucas Jeffrey–who recently joined the Glo staff–are now allowed to do facial procedures for customers. They can now do such things as beard and mustache trimming, and facial waxing.
Because of the pandemic, Shelley Mitchell estimates that business at Glo is down about 30 per cent–mainly due to appointments being more spread out for safety reasons.
“Our days are not as booked as much,” she says. “What used to take us half-an-hour takes us an hour now,” due to the enhanced protective procedures required.
That, however, has not dampened the enthusiasm of the stylists who are clearly glad the complete lockdown is over.
“We are so thrilled to be back doing what we love, and we want to ensure our customers are safe so they can relax, be pampered, and enjoy their time here,” Mitchell adds.
–Glo, which opened in 2007, has been at their Water Street location for the past 10 years. The hair salon is open six days a week and closed on Sundays.
–Another long-time employee at Glo is Zanya Kaczmarek, who has been a hair stylist for 24 years.
–Lash technician Shanna McLean will not be returning to Glo until the fall as she started other work during the pandemic which will take her until October to finish up.
–Lucas Jeffrey’s business at Glo is called Riverside Barber. Jeffrey previously worked at the Stonetown Barber for about 18 months.
–After working with Shelley Mitchell for the past 14 years, Cortney Frayne is leaving Glo to work from her own home. Her new business is called Cort’s Hair Studio.
–Kaczmarek, Frayne and Mitchell were the original founders of Glo. “As Cortney leaves on her new adventure, she will always be part of the Glo family,” Mitchell says. “We also would like to warmly welcome Lucas.”