The Arcade's specialist family hair salon EK Hair to reopen Saturday 4 JulyPosted on: 29 Jun 2020
The salon will be accepting online bookings from Wednesday, 1 July 2020.
With cars and planes for seats, a play area and DVD screens, EK Hair is a specialist children's hair salon located in Broadmead's historic shopping quarter, The Arcade.
Although the salon has been closed during the lockdown, the team have been busy.
While the salon's British Sign Language-trained stylist, Nessa, has been giving online hair tutorials, salon owner Chloe Mitchell was interviewed by the BBC.
But following the government's recent announcement, businesses such as pubs, restaurants and hairdressers can reopen from Saturday, 4 July.
EK Hair has announced it too will reopen this weekend, and will be taking online bookings from Wednesday, 1 July.
Announcing their return on social media, the EK Hair team said:
"We cannot wait to be back in the salon with all our lovely clients. We have missed it so much. To us it's more than just a job, it's a passion."
Here's what you need to know.
The EK Hair team at the salon, in November 2019
For the time being, online booking will be the only way to book an appointment with EK Hair, and bookings can be made up to a month in advance.
EK Hair will be accepting vouchers for the payment of services, but are not selling any more for the time being.
The EK team hope to start taking bookings via phone from Tuesday 7 July, but will keep their clients updated on social media.
In preparation for the weekend, the team at EK Hair have updated their website with a COVID-19 section, which contains essential information for clients visiting the salon.
The section explains what social distancing measures will operate to ensure the safety of its staff and clients, such as the introduction of face shields, masks and disposable gowns.
One customer will be allowed in the salon at a time, and clients are asked to bring their own snacks, play and reading materials.
The section also notes how the salon staff will not be discussing 'negative' events during appointments, to help maintain a positive atmosphere in the salon for younger clients:
"Instead we shall be asking what fun things you have had the opportunity to do, if you have found a hidden talent or if you have enjoyed the time at home.
"This is so that the younger clients feel a sense of normality returning to the world around them.
Read EK Hair's COVID-19 page on the EK Hair website.
Inside EK Hair
Now seven years old, EK Hair has become a favourite with families across Bristol for its personalised approach when it comes to kids' hair cuts.
The small team at EK Hair, comprised of Chloe and Nessa, aim to ensure young clients feel at ease in the salon, and also provide Quiet Sessions.
In 2019, 365Bristol met up with the EK Hair team to find out more about their unique approach to family hairdressing. Read the interview here.
Kate Hutchison, Content Editor of 365Bristol.com
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