Hairdressers must revive bob cut and ditch blow drys to survive coronavirus, say industry leaders

Industry leaders are concerned about how the corona virus will affect hairdressing (Getty Images)
They have been closed for weeks - but there is hope that the hairdressers will reopen next month.
However, if this is the case, industry leaders say salons need to adapt to survive the limitations of the corona virus.
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There are suggestions for longer, wavy hairstyles that may be riskier for the spread of Covid-19.
According to Tim Hartley, a former director at Vidal Sassoon, opting for a bob cut would be a "safe" alternative to "lengthy" blow-drying.
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The top hairdresser said: “We have to think about maximizing hygiene. The earlier yesterday's long curls are dispensed with, the more hygienic it will be for all of us.
"The hair dryers in the salon for hours are no longer safe for the stylist or the customer. Studies have shown that the Covid 19 virus can be transmitted much more easily by a fast air flow."
Hartley believes that shorter cuts, popularized by former boss Vidal Sassoon, are the solution to the stricter hygiene required during the pandemic.
He added: “With the bob cut, you can wash your hair every day and you don't have to worry. It becomes part of your routine. It's glamor without fuss. "
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Similarly, John Carne, a salon owner in Guildford, chose to scrap hair dryers for hours when he reopened his salon on Monday, July 6th.
The former vice president of the Fellowship For British Hairdressing believes that the “high-speed air currents” required by Föhn may increase the spread of the virus.
He said: "My view is simple. I can't expose my stylists or clients to a potentially increased risk of Covid-19 transmission by doing long hair dryers in the salon.
"So for the foreseeable future they will be deleted from our service menu."
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The stylist noticed that he would also promote bob cuts and added: “In our salon we can only operate eight of our usual 20 stylist chairs at a time.
“Shorter cuts are much faster than long blow-drying, so we can achieve high sales and profits. Otherwise it is not worth reopening. "
Hair salons across the UK have been closed since the blockade began on March 23 to prevent the spread of the corona virus.
They are expected to reopen on July 4th, and while government safety guidelines for salons are yet to be announced, hairdressers must use personal protective equipment if they are unable to stay two meters apart.
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The National Hair & Beauty Federation (NHBF), the UK's largest association of hairdressers, is asking salons to limit treatment times to control the spread of Covid-19.
A spokesman said: "In accordance with the current two-meter social distance regulation, we recommend that hairdressing and beauty salons and barbershops change their design to meet and protect employees and customers.
"This means that most salons cannot accommodate as many customers as they normally would."
They added: "Treatment times should be kept to a minimum. We therefore recommend that you consult online before visiting a customer."
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