The New Normal: Getting a Haircut


 

After months of lockdown, going out as little as possible and even having our groceries, medications and food delivered, I worked up the courage and decided to make an appointment to get a haircut.

These decisions were easy to make before COVID-19 but now they can be challenging. When you have spent enough time in lockdown you become paranoid to some extent, and you will probably have to face it sooner or later.

The New Reality

Facing a new reality involves going out and doing things you need to do, or maybe things you could do without like getting a haircut, (although it may lift your spirits and give you a boost to help you keep going) it should be done carefully and your safety must be a priority.

To find out if it was safe, there were some things I needed to know. First, I needed to see how the salon where I used to go handled their safety protocols and I was surprised by the result. When scheduling the appointment, they sent me a safety document that included a protocol I had to follow to be able to go in (hand sanitizer, disinfectant mat, biodegradable disinfectant spray) as well as guidelines I would have to follow before showing up for my appointment. These guidelines include:

  • If you have symptoms such as sneezing, coughing, sore throat, body ache, fever, or diarrhea, you will need to reschedule the appointment.
  • You must let them know if you were in contact with a person with COVID-19.
  • Bring the minimum amount of belongings as possible.
  • Wait your turn inside the car until the previous customer has left.
  • Do not bring children.
  • Wear a mask to enter the facilities.

All this information and the photographs they have on their social media gave me confidence and peace of mind. However, I still had my doubts and I wrote them a text to let them know. They reassured me that I would be safe. I should also mention their staff had safety and hygiene training prior to returning to work after they had been closed for an indefinite period of time, which they used to adapt the facilities and prepare for reopening.

Protocols I Had to Follow

I got there and I felt comfortable to see that they did everything they mentioned. The room was not cluttered, there was plenty of air circulation, signs indicating safe distance, and they had half the workstations they did before to ensure the place was not crowded. I watched carefully and I was pleased to see they washed their hands and used hand sanitizer constantly. Also, all the staff used face shields and masks, they disinfected each station before a client would sit down, when they would leave or move, and there was at least one general disinfection of the place during the time I was there.

Should You Get a Haircut in the Pandemic?

Because we know that COVID implies a greater risk if you have diabetes, but we cannot stop doing some activities such as grocery shopping and going to the drugstore, getting a coffee or making a special purchase or, like I decided to do, take the risk of going to get a haircut. Although, ideally, you should avoid taking risks if you can choose the place and the situation in which you can achieve tasks, and feel and more importantly, be safe and secure.

Making these decisions and even spreading the word about them could make some company owners take care of safety and health measures since this would imply having more customers that can help the business continue and, in that way, we can all take care of each other.

COVID-19 has changed the way we acquire products and services and just like we used to care that the soda they gave us at the cinema was really sugar-free or we chose a certain restaurant because the food included a carbohydrate count, now we need to add details such as the use of face masks and other basic aspects to protect ourselves from COVID.

If we all take care of ourselves, we all protect ourselves and we can be safe by making #BigLittleChanges.


Read more about coronavirus and type 2 diabetes here.

For more information on what you can do to protect yourself and others, visit coronavirusdiabetes.org and share the #BigLittleChanges you are making.

WRITTEN BY Eugenia Araiza, CDE Nutritionist, POSTED 11/12/20, UPDATED 04/19/22

Eugenia has a degree in Nutrition and is a Diabetes Educator. She was diagnosed with T1D 23 years ago. She currently works at https://www.facebook.com/healthydiabetesmx/ https://www.healthydiabetes.mx She enjoys studying and helping people manage their diabetes.