The FHA and Indola on Freelancer Guidelines

The FHA and Indola on Freelancer Guidelines

Indola have joined forces with The Freelance Hairdressers Association and are happy to release their guidelines for returning to work for all freelance hairdressers. Freelance hairdressers work in many different capacities, so to ensure that all freelance hairstylists receive the correct hygiene protocols for when returning to work, Indola in association with The FHA have created three separate guidelines for those freelance stylists who;

  • Rent a chair in a salon
  • Visit clients in their own homes
  • Have an at home salon
At Home Salons
  1. Using your social media and website to share information about your hygiene protocol (for example cashless payments only and where clients should wait before their appointment) will help your appointments to run smoothly and provide added confidence for your customers
  2. When your client arrives, inform them of the safety measures you have in place and thank them for their compliance
  3. Greetings should be verbal and you should avoid hugging or shaking hands for the time being. Washing hands (around 20-30 seconds) for both you and your client should happen before the appointment starts and hand sanitisation should be encouraged regularly – have a sanitiser readily available at all times
  4. Ask your client to leave any bags and jackets near to the entrance and gowns and gloves must be provided and worn by yourself and the client throughout
  5. It is advised that you wear gloves whilst doing technical services but not for cutting and styling. Washing hands thoroughly with soap followed by a sanitiser spray or gel will be sufficient enough
  6. It’s really important, now more than ever to make sure your tools, equipment and products including your trolley are cleaned properly and sanitised properly before and after your next appointment. The FHA recommends looking at sterilising your tools with 59s UK. 59s UK’s current range includes rechargeable sterilisation bags which are great for mobile stylists and boxes designed to sit neatly in any home, both will sterilise all your hair tools in just 59 seconds
  7. A routine of cleaning and disinfecting common touch points and cross infection areas is essential. The FHA suggests using a disinfectant such as Saloncide Solutions which reduces the number of microorganisms present to a level that is unlikely to cause infection and aims to reduce microorganisms by 99.9% and only takes 2 minutes to work
  8. Particular attention should be shown to hands, work areas and surfaces, shower heads, floors, chairs and all tools including clippers, scissors, brushes, combs, bowls and all electrical tools. This cleaning routine gives you peace of mind that you are conducting your services in the safest way possible
  9. Having a dedicated laundry hamper readily available will mean you can dispose of gowns and towels quickly and safely. All laundry should be washed with a laundry detergent at a minimum temperature of 60c for no less than 10 minutes
  10. When finishing for the day, take time to ensure that all areas including toilets, door handles and switches are all cleaned down. All tools and equipment should be sterilised overnight
Rent-a-Chair
  1. Using your social media and website to share information about your hygiene protocol (for example cashless payments only and where clients should wait before their appointment) will help your appointments to run smoothly and provide added confidence to your customers. Ensure that you’ve discussed all protocols with the salon owner/manager and make sure that your hygiene protocols fit with the rest of the salon
  2. When your client arrives, inform them of the safety measures you have in place and thank them for their compliance. If your previous client has left, ask them to take a seat immediately in your chair
  3. Greetings should be verbal and you should avoid hugging or shaking hands for the time being. Washing hands (around 20-30 seconds) for both you and your client should happen before the appointment starts and hand sanitisation should be encouraged regularly – have a sanitiser readily available at all times
  4. Ask your client to leave any bags and jackets at their chair and gowns and gloves must be provided and worn by yourself and the client throughout
  5. It is advised that you wear gloves whilst doing technical services but not for cutting and styling. Washing hands thoroughly with soap followed by a sanitiser spray or gel will be sufficient enough
  6. It’s really important, now more than ever to make sure your tools, equipment and products including your trolley are cleaned properly and sanitised properly before and after your next appointment. The FHA recommends looking at sterilising your tools with 59s UK. 59s UK’s current range includes rechargeable sterilisation bags and boxes designed to sit neatly at a workstation, both will sterilise all your hair tools in just 59 seconds.
  7. A routine of cleaning and disinfecting common touch points and cross infection areas is essential. The FHA suggests using a disinfectant such as Saloncide Solutions* which reduces the number of microorganisms present to a level that is unlikely to cause infection and aims to reduce microorganisms by 99.9% and only takes 2 minutes to work
  8. Particular attention should be shown to hands, work areas and surfaces, shower heads, floors, chairs and all tools including clippers, scissors, brushes, combs, bowls and all electrical tools. This cleaning routine gives you peace of mind that you are conducting your services in the safest way possible
  9. Having a dedicated laundry hamper readily available will mean you can dispose of gowns and towels quickly and safely. All laundry should be washed with a laundry detergent at a minimum temperature of 60c for no less than 10 minutes
  10. When finishing for the day, take time to ensure that all areas including toilets, door handles and switches are all cleaned down. All tools and equipment should be sterilised overnight
Visiting Clients at Home
  1. Using your social media and website to share information about your hygiene protocol (for example cashless payments only and where clients should wait before their appointment) will help your appointments to run smoothly and provide added confidence your customers
  2. When you arrive at your client’s home, inform them of the safety measures you have in place and thank them for their compliance
  3. Greetings should be verbal and you should avoid hugging or shaking hands for the time being. Allow the client to open all doors/moving of chairs etc. Washing hands (around 20-30 seconds) for both you and your client should happen before the appointment starts and hand sanitisation should be encouraged regularly – have a sanitiser readily available at all times
  4. Leave any bags and jackets that are not needed by the entrance when you arrive and gowns and gloves must be provided and worn by yourself and the client throughout
  5. It is advised that you wear gloves whilst doing technical services but not for cutting and styling. Washing hands thoroughly with soap followed by a sanitiser spray or gel will be sufficient enough
  6. It’s really important, now more than ever to make sure your tools, equipment and products including your kit bags are cleaned properly and sanitised properly before and after your next appointment. All gowns and washable items will need to be put in a sealed bag ready to take home. The FHA recommends looking at sterilising your tools with 59s UK. 59s UK’s current range includes rechargeable sterilisation bags which are great for mobile stylists and boxes designed to sit neatly in any home, both will sterilise all your hair tools in just 59 seconds
  7. Do not touch too many surfaces at your client's home, but if you do have a routine of cleaning and disinfecting common touch points and cross infection areas is essential. Being transparent about hygiene practices will help to add confidence to the service. The FHA suggests using a disinfectant such as Saloncide Solutions which reduces the number of microorganisms present to a level that is unlikely to cause infection and aims to reduce microorganisms by 99.9% and only takes 2 minutes to work
  8. All equipment including clippers, scissors, brushes, combs, bowls and all electrical tools must be either sterilised, sprayed or use an LED sanitising bag
  9. All gowns and washable items will need to be put in a sealed bag ready to take home. Having a dedicated sealed laundry bag readily available will mean you can dispose of gowns and towels quickly and safely. All laundry should be taken home in the sealed bag and washed with a laundry detergent at a minimum temperature of 60c for no less than 10 minutes
  10. When finishing for the day, take time to ensure that all equipment used is cleaned down and laundry is washed immediately. All combs and scissors should be left to sterilise overnight