TN Dept. of Commerce & Insurance offers guidelines to cosmetologists, barbers


NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WATE) — The Professional Beauty Association, the Tennessee Board of Cosmetology, and Barber Examiners Board are asking cosmetologists and barbers to review their health and safety practices as the coronavirus pandemic is ongoing.

In a release from the Tennessee Department of Commerce & Insurance on Tuesday, licensees were reminded that the immediate health risk from COVID-19 was low but health is important every day.

“The health and well-being of both the professional salon industry and its clientele is a top priority, and the best way to help ensure that is to always practice great salon and personal hygiene — not just during this public health emergency related to COVID-19, but always,” the release stated.

Based on information from the Centers for Disease Control and Preventions and the World Health Organization, the PBA and state cosmetology and barber boards offered these steps to salon professionals:

  • Disinfection: Barbering and cosmetology state boards direct that proper cleaning and disinfection are mandatory at all times — from tools and implements to areas with countertops, treatment rooms, back bars, reception areas, and styling stations. Be sure to strictly follow this — wiping down busy areas often with an antibacterial cleaner.
  • Wash Your Hands: The CDC recommends washing your hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds to help prevent the spread of germs. Wash your hands before and after every client, after eating, using the restroom, and after blowing your nose, coughing or sneezing. Keep a 60% alcohol-based hand sanitizer at your station as well.
  • Stay Home: Try to keep your immune system strong — lots of vitamin C, restful sleep, and drink ample water. However, if you — or your client — get sick, the CDC strongly recommends staying home. As an added measure, the PBA recommends offering your clientele a “sickness cancellation policy” during this time that does not penalize any client for canceling their appointment due to illness.
  • Well-stocked Salon: Make sure your salon has tissue, soap, and alcohol-based hand cleansers to encourage healthful habits.
  • Hands Off/Social Distancing: During the cold and flu season, shaking hands or giving hugs to your clients and co-workers is not a good idea. Rather, tell your client that you’re practicing good hygiene and following “social distancing” protocol to help keep everyone healthy. Also, keep your hands “off” and away from your face, as that’s an easy path for transmission.
  • Signage and Communication: Post signage at the front desk, as well as in the salon break room reminding guests and employees about the importance of hygiene standards such as hand washing, sanitizer, wiping down stations after use, covering coughs, and hands-off policies. Also, it’s important to share with your clientele the precautions your salon is taking to do its part in helping to prevent the spread of the coronavirus — during online bookings, on the phone, via text, and in person.
  • CDC: Follow the CDC for facts as they become available — this continues to be the best source for information;

What are the main symptoms of COVID-19?

  1. The main symptoms of COVID-19 are fever, cough, and shortness of breath. Find out more about symptoms from the World Health Organization. Further, symptoms generally follow the subsequent path: It will first infect the throat, so you’ll have a sore throat lasting 3 or 4 days.
  2. The virus then blends into a nasal fluid that enters the trachea and then the lungs, causing pneumonia. This takes about 5 or 6 days further.
  3. With pneumonia comes high fever and difficulty in breathing.
  4. The nasal congestion is not like the normal kind. You feel like you’re drowning. It is imperative you then seek immediate attention.


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