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Inverness salon makes sure it is ready for lifting of coronavirus lockdown

By Ian Duncan

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An Inverness hairdresser is pulling out all the stops to make sure her city centre salon is ready to welcome customers back safely when coronavirus restrictions are lifted.

Alison McRitchie (51) of the Head Gardener in Church Street has put her team through an online course on the sterilisation of hairdressing tools.

“I asked all the team to complete prior to reopening as recommended by Wella in one of their updates,” she said.

“It is required for when we reopen.

“It ensures complete understanding of the virus and its risks to our clients and each other. Wella have been incredibly supportive to the business during lockdown, sending weekly updates and links for education galore.

“We practice a high level of hygiene for all our clients anyway, but the safety of the team and clients is of absolute paramount importance to us all at Head Gardener. I have the PPE all in place once we get the green light to reopen.”

Although hairdressers are likely to be among the last businesses to be allowed to reopen as lockdown restrictions are lifted Mrs McRitchie is determined that she will be ready.

Among other measures being implemented at the salon are the installation of hand sanitisers at reception and each styling station, wipes for telephones and the card machine, antibacterial soap in the toilets, disposable towels, social distancing markings on the floor and a private room for vulnerable clients.

Mrs McRitchie said: “I will continue to strive to reassure our clients that we as a whole team care so very much about their well being here at Head Gardener, we will do whatever it takes to ensure that when we return they will be safe.”

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