By Lindi Masinga
Since the beginning of the worldwide country lockdowns due to the Coronavirus many businesses have had to shut their doors or even close permanently.
In South Africa, according to Times Live in May last year up to 70% of the country’s hair and beauty salons, spas and tattoo parlours faced closure as their businesses remained under Covid-19 lockdown.
Employers Organisation for Hairdressing, Cosmetology and Beauty (EOHCB) national manager Cobus Grobler said “Indications are that up to 70% will have to close…”
There are about 90,000 people active in the hair and beauty sector, which is worth about R300bn.
Several salon owners told Times Live they face closure, but were not ready to announce this to their clients.
In Ireland, Irish Times said in December that nearly all Irish restaurants, pubs, shops and cafes had closed in 2020 while some would never reopen again.
Once again, due to the new strain of the virus, the country has gone into level five lockdown which has resulted in businesses closing again.
The current restrictions state that all retail is closed except for essential retail.
All non-essential services are closed. This excludes hairdressers and nail salons.
The current restrictions and closures of businesses hare lea to people having to be creative and think of other ways to keep themselves looking good from the comfort of their own homes.
Will people having to beautify themselves, whether by getting a haircut or doing their own nails at home lead to people not having to use the services of a salon?