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Help us, we are sinking: Tricity salons

Tricity salons and spas have expressed displeasure over certain mobile based home salon service providers launching operations after lockdown measures were eased.

The Tricity Salon & Spa Association, having 500 salons & spas as members spread across tricity has expressed concern over individual hair stylists who are advertising their ‘at home services’ in social media groups. The association has said the industry which employs about 10000 professionals across tricity is sinking because of these service providers.

Guneet Swani, Founder of Stylush Salon & Academy says, “We have information that freelancers associated with ‘beauty services at home apps’ have started operations, which are clear violations of government orders.”

Veer Kaul, MD of Headmasters Salon says, “The association has taken up the matter of business losses and violation of orders by mobile app home beauty service providers with the concerned officials.”

Virender Bhandari, owner of Naomis Headmasters informs, “Guidelines related to the industry, in the post COVID scenario, have been prepared by Beauty & Wellness Sector Skill Council by Ministry of Skill Development and Entrepreneurship.”

Naunihal Singh, Owner of Strands Salon adds, “The Tricity Salon & Spa Association has geared up all its member salons & spas and trained them online about the guidelines and have been adopting cleanliness & sterilization protocols even before COVID 19 struck. Amit Sood from Jawed Habib, Panchkula adds, “The SOP will include use of proper sterilized equipment, PPE, masks, disposable items, gloves, disinfected hygienic interiors & exteriors, strict social distancing norms etc.”

Rashmeet Kapoor who is Partner at Hairmasters says, “Operations of home service providers need to end forthwith.” Rachit Malhotra, of Femina Plus feels they are threatened due to no business cash flows for the last two months and are saddled with fixed business costs like rent etc. while Amar, Director, Ananaya’s Beauty Studio & Spa has sought a waiver of rentals from landlords for two months.

Arsh form Aura Thai Spa sums up, “The spa industry in particular is facing financial issues and with home spa service providers it is very risky as you are getting people to your bedroom from wherever and whoever they have been to.”

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