In Bavaria's hairdressing salons, preparations for opening are in full swing.
From Monday, the Corona mats should be on the collar.
Without extra shifts, however, the onslaught will hardly be manageable.
Munich - “Dear Ms. Kollmeder, I would like to have an appointment that day”, was written on a postcard that recently arrived at the “Haarwerkstatt” hairdressing salon in Munich's Maxvorstadt.
In order to somehow get a haircut, her customers came up with all kinds of things.
Sabine Kollmeder, 53, has received appointment requests via every possible channel in the past few weeks.
The creative postcard idea was still successful, but now the owner says: "We are already fully booked until April."
It starts again six months after the closure
Scissors and combs are ready, the sinks are disinfected.
Two and a half months after the Corona * -related closure, the Bavarian * hairdressers will declare war on endless manes and wildly rampant lockdown locks from Monday.
In the days before the opening, Kollmeder took refuge in the tranquility of nature one last time.
“Recharge your batteries,” she says.
"Before we see how we can cope with the rush."
Until now she was able to offer everyone an appointment.
With the resumption of operations, however, she immediately faces another challenge: “It will certainly take three months to get back into the rhythm,” believes the Munich resident.
"And if people want to make an appointment for the next time on Monday, we'll never finish." And that's not all: The hair workshop is also planning an additional one per customer for the time being - in order to cope with the sometimes excessive numbers Quarter of an hour.
Kollmeder estimates: "You need strong nerves now."
Customers are threatening to change their hairdresser
Natalie Müller, who runs the “LaOria” salon in Markt Schwaben in the Ebersberg district, also needed them.
“Everyone wants to be the first,” she says.
“I was even threatened by customers that they would look for a new hairdresser if they weren't among the first.” Others asked if she would like to stop by for a coffee.
She could take a comb with her.
The chances of success of such inquiries were extremely poor for the 25-year-old who opened her shop in May after the first lockdown.
She tried to convey to people that “it's not an easy situation for me either”.
So that no one feels disadvantaged, the LaOria first turns to customers whose already planned December date had fallen victim to the lockdown.
In between, the hairdresser pushes hardship cases.
"For those who would have been on with their extensions five to six weeks ago, it's getting really tricky now," she says.
In contrast to other salons, the hairdresser who works alone can continue to build on her hygiene concept.
“Strictly speaking, people are most secure with me,” she says and laughs.
New guidelines from the trade association, according to which only one employee may work within an area of ten square meters, are no longer applicable for their shop.
Shift work and six-day weeks
The “Monaco Cut” in Ismaning, however, has to change.
Despite the expected onslaught and a total store area of 90 square meters, according to owner Tom Schweiger, 36, never more than five of the nine employees will work at the same time.
This is to keep the risk of infection as low as possible.
The customers, but also the workforce, understand that, he says.
In order to still be able to cope with the many neglected shaggots who will get lost in the Monaco Cut in the near future, shift work will begin there from Monday.
The salon is to remain open from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. six days a week, from Monday to Saturday.
It probably won't work without extra shifts.
In the past week alone, Schweiger received almost 600 appointment requests.
“Actually, I only answered calls and emails all day.
So now we have a little something to do, ”he says.
Bavaria's hairdressing salons open up: "I really hope we can stay up"
But he's not afraid of an uncontrolled run on his shop.
He doesn't think a lot of customers will just drop by without notice.
“I go to work on Monday with a good feeling,” says Schweiger.
After the first lockdown, there were sufficiently positive experiences in this regard.
His only fear: that the opening will not last long this time either.
“I really hope we can stay up,” he says.
First of all, however, the euphoria prevails to finally conjure up a smile on their face, framed by a fresh haircut, for his customers.
"The anticipation for Monday is huge," says Schweiger.
“And of course
your wallet is
also happy.” -
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