The Future of Permanent Makeup Treatments
On hearing the news that beauty industry can fully resume from the 1st August (including facial treatments) I was jumping for joy.
Finally, permanent makeup & microblading artists can get back to working their magic!
I just want to say thank you to the organisations who have supported our professional beauty community, including the Guild Gazette, NHBF and BABTAC (British Association of Beauty Therapy & Cosmetology), but also a huge thankyou to our clients. They’ve been so patient and kind – we can’t wait to be reunited!
Your clients may be wondering how things will be different when they return for a treatment. I’ve walked through every single one of my clinics conducting risk assessments to figure out whether further hygiene and safety precautions needed to be taken. I’ve made a note of some changes that clients can expect (in my own clinics) which will probably be the same for many permanent makeup artists as well.
My advice would be let your clients know (prior to their treatment) about any changes they can expect. It will make things simpler for both of you!
Clients must attend appointments alone
My clients usually arrive for their appointments alone anyway (this is just an important reminder). We need to minimise the number of people inside our clinics at any one time as much as possible. Tell your clients to attend their treatments alone… they can show their friends and family afterwards! To avoid disruptions to your schedule, clients need to arrive on time – you’ll need additional time to thoroughly sanitise your work area between clients, so make sure they’re aware of this.
Enhanced hygiene measures
I have always been stringent when it comes to hygiene and safety. K.B Pro clinics have always had extremely high hygiene standards (which is part and parcel of the treatment process) but I needed to assess whether further precautionary steps needed to be taken, in order to reassure my clients as much as possible that we operate in a safe, sterile environment. Your clients can expect their temperature to be taken when they arrive for their treatment using a contactless thermometer. Your clients will also need to thoroughly wash and sanitise their hands as soon as they arrive.
Changes to PPE
My clients will have seen me in my apron, mask and gloves! Going forward, I’ll still be wearing PPE – but I’ll be wearing a full face visor and a long-sleeved apron (instead of sleeveless aprons). Although PPE isn’t new to the beauty industry, some items provide more protection than others, so we have made changes where necessary. All of our PPE is available to purchase on our online store. Tell your clients that you’ll be wearing PPE (and that they may have to wear their own as well, depending on your own clinic’s risk assessment).
I’ll be encouraging contactless payments for hygiene reasons, which will help prevent the possible spread of the virus through exchanging cash. I imagine you’ll be doing the same, or at least thinking of alternatives. Try and let your clients know if you have any preferred payment methods, so that they can come prepared (it will avoid hold ups).
If your clients feel ill, they should cancel
I’d always tell my clients to cancel their appointment if they felt unwell, but with the current situation I can’t stress how important this is. Ask your clients to get in touch if they feel ill – and that you can rearrange their appointment. As a permanent makeup professional, you’d rather do this than risk the safety of other people.
The news that we could begin to return to normality couldn’t have come sooner. The ‘new normal’ will be strange at first, but I’m confident our wonderful clients will support us.
I really can’t wait to get back to work!