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February 19, 2019

My hair! My Choice: Insist on Hygiene

Have you ever carried your own towel, set of combs or clipper when going to have your hair done? If the answer is yes, then you need to think twice about your salon/barber or your skin care provider. 

Why do we go to a salon or 'kinyozi'? It’s basically to look better! But do you know that one can pick up a disease or serious skin conditions from your hair do provider! Salons and barber shop serve people from all walks of life with different health status which can cause cross infection. Haven't you ever seen men with some growths at the back of their head, nails infections or hair falling out (applies to women as well)?While there could be may underlying factors, majority of them got that kind of infection from the kinyozi or a salon.

Be more curious about where you go to be groomed. Next time when you go to your favorite coiffure, consider the following.


Personal hygiene

  • Due to the nature of the service involved, physical contact with your beautician or hairdresser is sure to occur. The professionals should find a way to protect themselves and their clients against viruses, bacteria and germs.
  • Diseases can be spread through direct contact with bodily fluids from coughing, sneezing, contaminated blood, pus, sores and cuts. Always dress all the cuts and wounds.
  • Cover your mouth when sneezing and wash your hands regularly.
  • Make sure you are well groomed with no body odor, no bad breath, no torn clothes at any time.
  • Always respect the client’s personal space.
  • Clean your uniforms every day.


Salon environment

  • The salon or barber shop should be always sanitized, disinfected and sterilized at all times.  
  • No dust, no clutter or dirty things.
  • The ambiance should be inviting. No loud music, no gossip, no shouting at all. Do not engage  conversation of any kind with the client unless they start the conversation. In any case, the professional can chose to decline politely or contribute but be careful not to cross the line or to be rude to the client. Steer clear of political or religions opinions.
  • Client’s personal space should never be violated.


Prevent cross infections

  • An important rule to remember is one towel one use! Usage of disposable 'paper towels' if possible, is recommended.
  • Wash and sanitize hands before and after each client.
  • All surfaces should be cleaned including containers
  • All towels should be binned as soon as possible after use
  • Under no circumstances should tools be placed in your mouth, pockets or behind the ears as you work on a clients hair or otherwise. They should be cleaned and placed in a sterilized place when not in use.
  • Clean the floor after every service.
  • Sanitize and disinfect is the starting point of cleaning. It should not stop there. Sanitation includes cleaning with water and that is not enough for the beauty shop. Go a step further and use strong disinfectants to clean throughly.

Note: disinfecting should NEVER be done on hair, skin or nails. It is used for surfaces, tools, floors, walls, workstation, chairs, pedicure and manicure bowls

It is imperative that everyone is accountable for their workstation.
As a client, ensure quality is not compromised. After all, you are paying for the service. After all, a doctor will be more expensive, so choose well and insist on high standards of hygiene.


Tips from Anita Kombe of Milele Executive Salon, Spa & Barber


+254 722 426904



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