“Given the heightened protocols to keep our consumers and staff safe, we have introduced a hygiene fee as a temporary measure,” a spokesperson for Lakme Lever said in response to ET’s query.
He said the hygiene fee of Rs 100 is half of the actual cost of the additional safety gear. “This is to ensure that Lakme Salons continue to be affordable without compromising on safety,” the spokesperson said.
Salons have started charging ‘hygiene fee’ from customers anywhere between Rs 100-Rs 200, after curbs on the lockdown lifted, following hygiene and safety protocols, and defend that costs for disposable protective equipment are recurring.
Others like L’Oreal have developed a ‘back to business’ safety guideline for salons, which it said includes helping hairdressers exceed the usual salon safety and sanitary measures, supplying masks and hand sanitizers, safer operating procedures and tool disinfecting procedures. L’Oreal said it distributes its products such as Professionnel, Matrix, Kerastase and Cheryl’s Cosmeceuticals to salons across the country.