The Dirtiest Areas in Your Hair Salon Revealed

Published 03rd Jan 2024 by Chlo Weldon

New findings from Chris & Sons – UK hair and beauty supplier – reveal that 82% of female customers prioritise salon hygiene. Meanwhile, 60% of male customers emphasise cleanliness and would reconsider their regular salon choice if hygiene standards fall short. These statistics highlight the importance of cleanliness in the salon industry to ensure the safety and overall wellbeing of stylists, employees, and clients.

With this in mind, Andrew Vassiliou, Director of Chris & Sons, reveals the dirtiest areas in your salon and how to clean them effectively.

“Salons can contribute to the spread of viral, fungal, and bacterial infections. It’s crucial that staff are trained in proper hygiene practices. Beyond the basics like emptying bins and letting fresh air in by opening windows, salon employees should look out for the following things…”

Hair Styling Tools

“Hairbrushes, combs, scissors, and other styling tools can harbour bacteria and product build-up. Soak them regularly in warm, gentle shampoo solution or use a salon-specific disinfectant spray. Rinse and dry thoroughly before reuse.”

Hair Washing Stations

“Shampoo bowls, faucets, and handles can accumulate hair products, oils, and grime. Rinse bowls thoroughly with hot water after each use and clean them regularly with a disinfectant wipe or spray. Wipe faucets and handles with a damp microfiber cloth after each use.”

Floors and Mats

“Hair clippings, spilled hair products, and dirt can accumulate on salon floors and mats leaving them grimy and slippery. Sweep or vacuum floors daily, paying close attention to corners and under equipment. Mop regularly with a disinfectant solution to remove debris.”

Waiting Area Furniture

“Chairs, couches, and tables in the waiting area can gather dust, hair, and spills. Regularly vacuum upholstered furniture and wipe down hard surfaces with a disinfectant or mild soap solution.”

Countertops and Surfaces

“Workstations, countertops, and reception desks are high-touch areas where products, hair, and debris can accumulate. Clean these surfaces multiple times a day with disinfectant wipes or sprays.”

Towels and Linens

“Towels and robes come into contact with hair, styling products, and clients’ skin, making them susceptible to harbouring bacteria and fungus. Towels should be washed thoroughly with hot water and detergents to remove hair products and bacteria, and ensure they are dried completely before reuse.”

Sinks and Mirrors

“Hair colour, styling products, and residues can stick to sinks and mirrors. Use a multipurpose cleaner or a water-vinegar solution to clean sinks and mirrors effectively without streaks.”

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Chlo Weldon

Chlo Weldon

Published 03rd Jan 2024

Chlo writes regular content for the print magazine and website, as well as scheduling the content for HJ’s social media channels. Chlo has a master’s degree in Magazine Journalism and previously worked as Assistant Editor at craft magazine Tattered Lace. After moving to London from her small hometown to be part of the HJ team, she is loving every minute of being involved in the industry. She loves a good treatment and is on a mission for a longer and thicker mane.

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