Pune Salons Reopen For Public But Get Ready To Pay More For Services

Salons and beauty parlours reopen in non-containment zones across Pune and Pimpri-Chinchwad after a gap of three months. However, customers’ relief was short lived as most salons and parlours increased the rate of their services. This was due to the financial burden they faced during the coronavirus lockdown. The Maharashtra government permitted barbershops, salons and beauty parlours to resume services from June 28 under its Mission Begin Again Unlock plan. 

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Barber Shops & Salons Reopen In Pune Following Social Distancing Guidelines

On reopening barber shops, parlours and salons, shop owners in Pune increased the rates to compensate for the financial burden they face during the lockdown. They stated that the rates increased also due to the additional safety measures introduced in their premises as per the government regulations. To keep the virus at bay, Pune Railway Station deployed a robot for the thermal screening of passengers. 

On the first day, salons witnessed appointments only for haircuts and hair colour. This is because skin related services arent allowed by the government as of now. The order from the Maharashtra government reads “Only select services such as haircut, dyeing hair, threading are allowed. Skin related services will not be permitted presently. This should prominently be displayed in the shops.”

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Salons In Pune To Give Customers Safety Kits With Gloves, Disposable Caps, Masks

Ganesh Walunjkar is the working president of Maharashtra Nabhik Mahamandal. He states to Hindustan Times “Government’s decision has provided us a big relief. I assure the state government that all guidelines will be followed by salons and beauty centres. We will take care of each customer’s safety.” A kit which includes a disposable spatula, mask, gloves, disposable shower caps, slippers, gowns and bedsheets is given to customers. Ganesh Walunjkar adds that owners must sanitize their premises five to six times a day. However, the Maharashtra government extended the lockdown till July 31, so customers can visit salons as per the new timing regulations. 

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Leena Khandekar is the founder and director of Lee’s Beauty Centre and Spa at Nal Stop in Pune. She lays emphasis on the precautionary measures taken by salons and parlours across Pune. She reveals that she gave her staff disposable aprons and hand gloves. Khandekar also reveals that scissors and other equipment are sterilized in the UV sterilizers. And she goes on to add that parlours and salons across Pune introduced temperature checks for employees and clients.

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Customers Don’t Mind Paying Extra For Their Services At Salons Post Lockdown

When it comes to an increase in salon services, hair cuts for men increased to ₹200 from the earlier ₹80-₹100. Meanwhile, other rates will be decided after the government permit other services. A salon customer, Sayali Karandkar states to Hindustan Times that since her haircut was pending since a long time, she is mentally prepared to pay a higher price. So the extra ₹100 didn’t surprise her. Another customer, Kalyani Sakhare informed that beauticians suffered alot during the pandemic. So she thinks we must all support them. Sakhare adds that she is happy to get her hair cut. So let’s continue to follow lockdown rules and support local businesses. In the meantime here are 10 amazing facts about India that will leave you surprised! 

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