The impact the coronavirus outbreak has had on the beauty industry
Like many other industries, the beauty world has been extremely affected by the Coronavirus Covid-19 outbreak. With Governments across the world imposing strict quarantine guidelines many salons, health and beauty stores and freelancers are left with no choice other than to close and stop working due to the close nature of the services we provide. This has resulted in beauty workers facing some unpredictable challenges to keep their businesses afloat. It's becoming increasingly clear that the pandemic will leave a lasting impact on the billion-dollar industry.
I started doing a lot of reading into the coronavirus back in February because I had booked a trip to China and I received emails about my flights being cancelled due to the Outbreak there. This really made me think about the seriousness of the outbreak and how quickly it was spreading, but it felt as though most people weren't as aware of it as I was. I continued treating clients but I increased my levels of hygiene by wearing PPE during the full services I provided. However, by the start of March, the outbreak had now spread to the UK. I started to question whether I was doing the right thing by continuing my close contact services from house to house. I made the conscious decision to close that week and it then occurred to me...what do I do now? How do I now pay my bills? How will everyone get through this?
A lot of beauty professionals are adapting to the new rules by offering digital online classes and selling their own range of products to make an income during these uncertain times. I spoke to Makeup Artist Charlotte from @charlottewadleymakeup who said: