How to Hire a Hair Stylist During COVID



How to Hire a Hair Stylist During COVID

With the end of 2020 in sight, COVID-19 is still around, causing millions of people to rethink how they get things done while doing their part to stop the spread of the virus, and haircare is no exception. At the beginning of the stay-at-home orders which shut down hair salons across the country, people turned to themselves and family members when it came to trimming, dying, and styling their hair. This led to a multitude of results ranging from bold new looks to questionable outcomes.

Fortunately, salons across the country are re-opening, so you can once again leave your locks in the hands of professionals! But which salons are prepared to service clients while following CDC guidelines to prevent spreading COVID? While thorough, these guidelines can be a bit overwhelming to consider while hiring a hairstylist. Fortunately, there are simple things you can do to ensure that you are hiring the right hair salon during COVID, while getting the treatments you want.

1. Confirm CDC Guidelines Are Met

When researching open salons, check their website and social media to see what COVID safety measures are enforced. At a bare minimum, a salon should guarantee the following:

  • Stations are at least 6-feet apart
  • Masks are required to enter the salon, and stylists are required to wear a mask at all times
  • Surfaces and tools are sanitized before and after each new client
  • Blowdryers and personal fans are discouraged
  • The workspace is in a well-ventilated area

See here for the full list of CDC guidelines and recommendations for beauty salons.

Many salons have taken creative and effective measures for running their businesses while following these strict guidelines. For example, Vayn is a mobile in-home salon that brings the stylist to you. This service eliminates any risk associated with entering a public area or leaving your home. Further, Vayn stylists are trained in COVID prevention and guidelines, so they are able to ensure that whatever setup you have (apartment, garage, back yard, etc.) is compliant with the above guidelines.

2. Choose What Works for Your Schedule

The days of structured 9-5 schedules, commutes, and school hours are long gone, thanks to remote schooling and working. While this flexibility is great in a lot of ways, it makes scheduling your days more difficult - especially if you have a demanding job, pets, or kids. Further, because stylists can no longer work on multiple clients at the same time (as this would increase the risk of spreading COVID), there are fewer available appointments each day, but the same number of clients looking to have their hair or makeup done. This leads to having to book treatments weeks in advance, and having to choose treatments that can last, as you may not be able to get an appointment every 4-6 weeks.

Fortunately, there are salons that work based on your schedule, rather than forcing you to work based on theirs. Vayn stylists work based on the client’s availability and location, rather than the other way around. This allows clients to skip the stress of hoping a salon can squeeze them in, or waiting for another client to cancel and open up an appointment. Further, because Vayn stylists come to you, you don’t have to worry about being unplugged from work, finding someone to watch your kids, or leaving your pets alone for a few hours. And if you’re looking to get treatments for the whole family, Vayn allows you to book back-to-back appointments so you can get everyone treated in just a couple of hours!

3. Choose The Right Treatment (Hair)

Touching up your roots? Covering up grays? Getting bangs? The possibilities of hair treatments are endless! But what treatment is best for you? The best way to pick the right hair treatment is to choose it based on your lifestyle and needs. To get started, answer the below questions:

  • Are you someone who does their hair every day, or are you looking for a style that is low-maintenance? 
  • Do you want to refresh your current look, or are you craving a big style change? 
  • Are there any specific hair colors or styles that you are drawn to? If so, can you gather some reference photos to see if there are common themes? (i.e. short hair looks, reddish colors, etc.)
  • How often are you willing to get your hair done in a year?

This final question is a big indicator of the type of treatment you should choose. For example, if you want to completely change the color of your hair, then you should plan to schedule appointments every few weeks to touch up your roots as your hair grows out. If you want to change your hair color but don’t want to get a treatment every few weeks, then highlights may be a better option as you will only need a treatment every few months.

Now that you have a better understanding of the look you want your stylist to create, you just simply need to choose from the below services before booking your appointment. While these services are provided by a majority of salons, the below prices are offered by Vayn:

Women’s Cut

Price: Starting at $60

For everything from a trim, to going from mermaid hair to a fresh bob.


Price: Starting at $80

Do you have a big event coming up? Are you looking for a polished look for your next date night or presentation? If so, then this is the right treatment for you!

Full Color

Price: Coming Soon!

Making a bold statement and changing the color of your hair? Whether it’s going from black to blonde, brown to red, or blonde to brown, this treatment can take you anywhere you want to go!


Price: Coming Soon!

This natural-looking highlight is the latest and greatest trend of hair coloring where the hair color is painted onto the hair and pulled through the ends, creating a graduated effect that adds both dimension and fun color.

Full Highlights

Price: Coming Soon!

Highlights are a great way to add color and dimension to your hair, without completely changing your natural color. They can be as subtle or as bold as you want! Full highlights will highlight every section of your hair.

Partial Highlights

Price: Coming Soon!

Partial highlights offer just as much color and dimension to your hair as full highlights, they are just placed around your face to add a brightening effect, rather than through every section of your hair. 

4. Choose The Right Treatment (Makeup)

When it comes to choosing the right makeup look for your next big event, it’s important to know what you’re wearing, what type of look you’re going for, and how long it needs to last for. Although your makeup will be done on the day of the event, there are a few things you can do to prepare for the treatment.

  • Research makeup looks to determine what type of look you want. Save the photos on your phone or print them out and bring them with you to your makeup appointment to show the artist
  • Schedule a makeup ‘test’ a few weeks before your event to ensure that you like the makeup artist’s work and the chosen look
  • Take a photo of your outfit for the event in good lighting so your makeup artist can reference what you are wearing
  • If you’re going to get a facial, the standard recommendation is to get it two weeks before the event
  • Make sure to wear clothing that you don’t have to pull over your head to your makeup appointment to avoid rubbing off or smudging

Vayn offers the following makeup services that can be done at your home, or at any designated location.


Price: $55 ea for 5+ people at the same location (Application Party Package)

This application party package ensures that your entire group is looking its best! Grab four or more of your closest friends to take advantage of this full-face makeup service.


Price: Starting at $60

Give your skin the best that it deserves with a facial! Vayn offers a variety of facials focusing on different but common skin issues (acne, dryness, blackheads, etc.)

5. Book Appointments Hassle-Free

Thanks to modern technology, there are tons of ways to book an appointment at a salon! Typically the most direct way is to call the salon, although you may be put on hold before getting through. You can also check out the salon’s website to see if they offer online booking. This option allows you to see what appointments are available, and to schedule your own. The final option is to book through the salon’s app, if they offer one. Whatever route you decide to choose, be warned that many salons are booked up faster due to COVID limiting the number of clients a stylist can see in a day. 

Are you searching for a barber shop near me that works with your own schedule, you can book an appointment with Vayn in three easy steps!

1. Set Your Location

Enter the address of where you want your treatments done

2. Select Service

Select the service(s) that you want

3. Book Service

A stylist will confirm your appointment

Download the Vayn app to get started today.

You’re Ready To Book Your Next Appointment

With COVID causing so much worry and stress, it’s comforting to know there are businesses that focus on convenience like Vayn, which can alleviate some hassle and concern for you and your family. No matter who you book or how you do it, it’s important to make sure that you feel safe and comfortable at your next appointment.

Vayn brings beauty to your doorstep with its on-demand, full-service stylists that arrive where and when you want. Book your next appointment now!

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