When choosing a barber, on an app like Thyflow, always check reviews or ask for recommendations. And we are not just talking about before and after pictures of fresh cuts either. Look for specific references to the safety measures the barber took and whether clients were satisfied with them (or if you’re getting a word of mouth reference, ask about safety point-blank). Reviews have organically started to include ratings on pandemic-related precautions and it’s made the user experience better.
The major concern with an in-home haircut is whether the barber has followed the same strict protocols in every home that they normally would in a shop. Ask right up front what precautions they take, if they ever allow a client to take their mask off. Whatever barber you choose, even if you know them well, do not wait to have this conversation till they arrive at your door. On Thyflow, we require the barber to speak directly with clients before booking. Asking questions up front not only allows you to make an informed decision, but also lets you know what to expect and how to prepare before they arrive.
If you think getting your haircut at home is a way to get around the mask-wearing rule, think again. Both the barber and the client need to be wearing masks and keep them on for the whole haircut. Masks are a non-negotiable; if you’re not willing to wear a mask, forget the cut. Ask about a beard trim up front and do not be surprised if they say no. Some barbers may agree, but ultimately it’s their decision, not yours.
Try to maximize the ventilation, even do the haircut outside if you can. It’s been shown that COVID-19 spreads more easily indoors, so if possible ask to get your haircut in your backyard or on your balcony. Just like you’re choosing to get your haircut at home to feel safer and more comfortable, the barber needs to feel comfortable, too. That means you need to follow the rules they set, because they’re trained to protect you. And if you’re not willing to follow them, they have the power to decline.
If you’re booking through an app like Thyflow, you will likely be advised on how to sanitize your space. If you are not, be prepared to help with cleanup. Cleaning and sanitizing your space before the barber arrives is fine, but not necessary. Anyway you absolutely need to sanitize afterward. The good thing is that you have the power to clean your home exactly how you want, unlike in a barber shop. Your barber will likely disinfect his tools and sweep up before he leaves, but once he is gone, you should wipe down surfaces and wash towels immediately.
There is always a price for convenience, and typically house call haircuts cost a bit more than the cuts you will get in a shop. However, remember, many barbers were out of work for months and even if they are back at work now, probably cannot see as many customers as usual. Plus, if you are asking them to come to your home, they are putting themselves at some risk, so be prepared to compensate them adequately and tip them generously if you can. Spending a few extra dollars to feel safer is a trade off that may be worth it to you.
ThyFlow Mobile Service provides customers with a convenient and stress-free alternative to getting a great haircut at home or wherever they may be. Use the ThyFlow App or Website to view local mobile barber & Hair Stylist profiles and book an appointment.