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Hairdressing & Barbering

What is hairdressing and barbering?

The maintenance of the hair and scalp by cutting, shaving, styling, weaving, colouring, highlighting and /or conditioning.

How is hairdressing and barbering done?

Hair stylists and barbers use a variety of tools including combs/brushes, clippers, trimmers, scissors and razors to trim and groom the hair.

What are the health risks?

Hairdressing and barbering tools can become contaminated with not only bacteria and fungi, but also blood-borne viruses such as HIV and Hepatitis B or Hepatitis C.  It is also possible for you to get a chemical burn or allergic reaction from the dyes and chemicals used in these shops.

How can I protect myself?

To reduce your risk:

  • Get your hair cut and styled at an inspected barber shop or salon.


Razor blades used for shaving must be discarded after each client. Needles used for hair weaving or hair extension that may have scratched the scalp must be discarded. A clean towel or a new neck strip should be used on every client.

Lower your chance of an infection by checking and asking about:

The salon and staff

  • The barber shop or salon should be well lit, clean and tidy.
  • All hairdressers and barbers should be trained professionals.

The equipment and procedure

To protect you from infection, your hairstylist and barber should:

  • Wash his or her hands with soap and water before the service.
  • Use a clean towel for each client.
  • Use clean and disinfected tools such as combs, brushes, clippers, trimmers, scissors and crochet hooks (cap highlights).
  • Use a new disposable razor blade for shaving and edging.
  • Not use a straight razor with a fixed blade.
  • Separate clean tools from dirty tools and surfaces.
  • Not use styptic pencils to stop bleeding on clients. Powder and liquid forms are acceptable for use but must be applied with a disposable applicator with no dipping.  Double dipping can contaminate the products.
  • Make a fresh disinfectant solution daily.

When to call your doctor

See your doctor if after getting your hair done, you develop a rash or sore on the scalp or hair line.

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Revised: Friday April 03 2020

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