Time to get hair, nails done

Back in business: Hair stylist James Bong colouring his customer’s hair as salons can now resume their services. — FAIHAN GHANI/The Star

KUALA LUMPUR: Beauty and hair salon owners are thrilled and grateful that their business can resume now that some states have reverted to conditional movement control order.

From yesterday, salon operators, as well as those in the nail services, wellness and spa business in states under conditional MCO, were allowed to offer their full range of services to customers.

On Tuesday, the government announced that Selangor, Johor, Kuala Lumpur and Penang would now fall under the conditional MCO from March 5-18.

CEO of Nails and Wheels, a mobile manicure/pedicure service in the Klang Valley, Sharina Manmohan, said she was thrilled that the business could return to normal.

“Now we can restart the other elements of our business like massage and spa treatments, ” she said.

“The team is feeling great, as this means they can start earning more money.

“When things were moving at a slower pace during the MCO, commissions and salaries were affected.

“This is a good day for us, ” she said.

Founder and creative director of 54 Blanc Saloon Philex Chin also expressed his excitement.

“I’m so excited that we can now resume colouring, perming and everything else.

“Business during the MCO was bad as we could only carry out haircut services, ” he said.

Chin will also ensure his staff adhere to the SOP.

“Every customer that comes in will have whole body sanitised, besides the usual SOP, and for each customer we use a disposable cutting cap and a disposable towel.

“For senior citizens and children, we book them in for the morning slots and it’s by appointment only, ” he explained.

Manicurist Yeoh Shu Qi, 20, said she received 15 regular customers during the first day of business yesterday.

She said the SOP require customers to wear face masks and put on a plastic apron at all times.

“As for us, we will have to put on an apron, face masks, gloves and also a face shield, ” she said at a nail salon in George Town yesterday.

Yeoh said they could only serve a maximum of eight customers – four for manicure and four for pedicure – at any one time, adding that before the MCO, they had two to three times more customers.

An aesthetician, who wished to be known as Ch’ng, said they had been using disposable bed sheets and operating on an appointment basis.

“We will spend between 15 and 30 minutes cleaning the equipment and disinfecting the room after each customer leaves, ” she said.

Customer Siti Hawa Anurddin, 36, has been waiting eagerly for nail parlours to resume operations, as her last pedicure was many months ago.

“I just love pedicures, it’s an important part of self-care for me, ” said the veterinarian.

Esther Lee, 32, is excited to finally be able to get her roots touched up, as it has been several months since she has stepped into a salon for this purpose.

Housewife Zoey Ooi is happy to get her toenails painted after wearing covered shoes for the past two months.

“My nails felt ‘empty’ but luckily, there were no visits and I did not have guests at my house.

“I wore covered shoes all the time to hide my toenails, ” said Ooi, 35.

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