Bengaluru salons ask for government help to overcome pandemic – The New Indian Express
Express press service
BENGALURU: Faced with the second lockdown in two years, the city’s beauty institutes and spas are struggling to stay afloat, a situation that has a ripple effect on their employees. “We were doing well last year after the lockdown and restrictions were lifted. But since the start of the second wave, our business has been hit very hard, ”says Manjul Gupta, founder of Bodycraft Spa and Salon.
According to an industry insider, the beauty industry employs nearly 20,000 people in Bangalore and 2.5 lakh across Karnataka. Most of the city’s lounges had small numbers of customers until the lockdown went into effect on May 10, and they had to find ways to stay afloat. “We’re now going online conducting pedicure, manicure and hairstyling video consultations for clients,” Gupta says. They also started selling beauty products and DIY kits through delivery apps.
Although she gets a lot of requests for hairstyling advice from clients, Gupta says that video consultations and DIY kits can’t do much. “Visiting the show is an experience in itself. The same service cannot be created at home, ”Gupta believes. The Get Gorgeous beauty bar also took things in line. Last week, the Bengaluru-based chain of salons began offering special manicures, pedicures and other treatment packages to clients through delivery apps. “The proceeds from these services will go to the distribution of food, rations and people working in cemeteries,” says founder Maude Abraham.
In the meantime, she is trying to make the most of the situation by preparing her staff for the reopening. “We are strengthening hygiene and ensuring that our employees are vaccinated. We will also distribute Covid-19 self-test kits to customers once the restrictions are relaxed, ”says Abraham. GlossnGlass plans to charge a nominal fee to Covid to cope with the increased costs. “We suffer additional losses in maintaining hygiene. It includes PPE suits and sanitation services.
At the same time, we have to pay the rent, our staff and keep the business going. We therefore plan to charge a nominal security fee for Covid, ”says Dipanwita Chhabra, co-founder of GlossnGlass. Some of their staff, from the northeastern states, have not returned since the lockdown last year, and a few others left before the current one was announced, she said. Pushkaraj Shenai, CEO of Lakme Salon which has 600 employees in Bangalore, says business was half of what it was before the current lockdown. But he believes there is hope.
“While the second wave has dramatically affected customer sentiment, our customers tell us they look forward to coming back,” he says. Shenai, who heads the Indian Beauty and Wellness Association, headquartered in Bengaluru, said he contacted the government for help earlier this month. “Through the association, we reached out to the Department of Skills Development and Entrepreneurship and state governments to vaccinate our staff and give us permission to reopen the lounges with strict security measures in place,” says -he.