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Have you ever wondered what it’s like to be transgender? Imagine being forced to use the wrong hand all the time. Stay with me, it’ll make sense in a moment.
With just 10% of the population being left-handed, it’s a right-handed world. Left-handed people even have a statistically shorter life span. (Right-handed tools can be a real bummer.) We do get cute phrases like "lefties do it right," but the roots of our language bely something darker.
Take these words from the French. Adroit means clever or able, literally “right side.” Gauche means clumsy and awkward, from the French for “left side.” From Latin, we have the word dexterous, meaning having skilled hands. Its roots are “of the right.” The word sinister refers to the air of malignance, something subtly dangerous. You guessed it - “of the left.”
In the past, lefties were indeed seen as sinister. They were even accused of witchcraft and heresy. More recently, schools tried to punish and train the leftie out of you. My grandmother was left-handed, and no amount of conditioning could really change what felt natural to her. Punishment began in the first grade. Her "tendencies" invited lashings from teachers and administrators, or her arm being tied behind her back for hours on end. She hid, pretended, and coped until she was an adult and could hold her pen the way that felt comfortable to her. Now lefties have mugs with quirky sayings and funky stores in the mall.
Like left-handed people, trans people aren’t as common. Both groups have been looked upon with suspicion and disgust for doing what feels natural. Trans Day of Visibility is a day for us to show you that we are people finding our place in this world, just like you. If you are curious about trans issues and wish to learn more, here is a great place to start!
Times are strange right now, as you all know. We’ve all heard the phrase “new normal” about a million times already, and all the while, things are still changing every day. If you asked me a few months ago what I’d be writing about right now, I would never have guessed I’d be interviewing someone about what it’s like to get a haircut.
Nonetheless, we’re all doing our best to band together and help each other out right now. You may have noticed salons and spas offering messages of support, video tutorials for DIY beauty, and now, waitlists and announcements of reopening their doors. But as we all know, this isn’t the “old normal” anymore, and there will be changes.
Here’s what you can expect to be different when you finally head back into the salon or spa:
As salons and spas begin to reopen, they’ll likely have to make changes due to new social distancing requirements. When you enter the space, you’ll probably see a complete rearrangement. Stations will be separated by at least six feet, and some might even be removed to allow for more space. Salons that don’t have that much space to spare are putting in temporary walls or partitions.
On top of that, there may be fewer appointments scheduled at the same time (and definitely no walk-ins) to limit the number of people in the building. Say goodbye to waiting rooms and lobbies—you’ll likely be asked to wait outside or in your car until the exact start time of your appointment to prevent too many people crowding the front.
In addition to their increase in space, salons and spas will likely up their cleaning standards and procedures. We surveyed active consumers on the Mindbody app and learned that among the many changes beauty and wellness businesses can make upon reopening, following rigorous sanitization guidelines is the most important. You’ll probably see social posts or confirmation emails that outline new cleaning protocols, and you may notice some signage hanging around the building to reassure that the areas have been disinfected. Employees, and even guests, will be wearing masks and/or gloves, and you may even get a spritz of hand sanitizer at the door. According to Salon 124 Group, getting these supplies is turning out to be one of the largest obstacles for reopening.
In between each appointment, they’ll thoroughly disinfect the area before the next client arrives. Not only that, but each time you move to a new station (like from shampoo to haircut), they may also wipe down the station as soon as you get up to make sure it’s clean for the next guest.
After a good haircut, we all want to check ourselves out. And now that we’re all more cautious of germs and bacteria, we also want to literally check ourselves out at the end of our appointments. Out of the various fitness, beauty, and wellness businesses on our platform, consumers feel most comfortable returning to hair salons, and 62.7% said hair cutting, coloring, styling, barbering, or blow-drying would be the first beauty service they book once restrictions are lifted. An extra, important layer of comfort can be added in the form of contactless payments.
Many salons and spas will likely be incorporating some sort of contactless checkout process to limit touch points. They may end up taking your payment information at check-in via text and removing the front desk, so you don’t have to interact with another person face-to-face.
All-in-all, you can expect changes—and lots of them. Whether it’s increased retail offerings, curbside pickups, virtual consultations, at-home appointments, or video tutorials, many salons and spas are getting creative with how they offer support to their clients. Above all, they want to help us feel beautiful, confident, and somewhat normal during this time—and for that, we’re so thankful.
Want to hear about a real salon experience firsthand? One of our own got her hair done at a reopened salon in Georgia—here’s how it went.
Are you a salon owner yourself? Check out the Reboot Kit for Salons, Spas, & Wellness Businesses for extensive info and advice on how to prepare for reopening.