Customer Stories: The Hair Gallery

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The Hair Gallery

When lockdown hit, the launch of fledgling salon The Hair Gallery was knocked back — but not out. Undeterred, and with the help of Visors from Solopress, the salon was soon up and running and adjusting to the new normal.

Print partners

Robyn Moore had already been a Solopress customer for some years before opening The Hair Gallery this year. The young entrepreneur had previously been the proprietor of a local fashion publication called The Shropshire Socialite. Robyn designed and wrote the magazine, using Solopress for print.

Robyn’s next venture was to be The Hair Gallery, a luxury boutique hair & beauty salon on the picturesque high street of Much Wenlock, in the heart of Shropshire. It was Robyn’s positive experiences of Solopress that spurred her to use us again in preparation for the launch of her new project.

“I’ve always found the printing quality perfect and it’s really easy to upload your pdfs. The speed of delivery is super-fast and beats other online printing companies.” – Robyn Moore.

Unforeseeable circumstances

However, during preparations for launch, world events were beginning to transform the high street into a less welcoming place…

Sadly, Robyn’s dream of hitting the ground running was not to be. After opening on the 3rd of March, 2020, the salon was open for only 3 weeks before lockdown forced her to close the doors that she’d so recently opened to the public.

A difficult and frustrating period followed, as Robyn kept an eye on developments and looked out for ways to create a safe hairdressing environment where she could once again welcome clients.

The Hair Gallery Shopfront

Hope and preparation

When the government announced that Hair and Beauty Salons would be permitted to reopen on Saturday the 4th of July, Robyn went all out to plan a responsible reopening that would conform to Government guidelines:

“I had to ensure we had the correct PPE for clients and staff to follow the Government’s guidelines. That’s when I searched for personalised Face Visors and saw that Solopress were supplying them. ” Robyn Moore

Visors vs. the virus

The Solopress range of Face Shields and Visors comprises units with or without branding and come in both flat pack and preassembled formats for your convenience. Each one is anti-fog treated to maintain visibility, and our CE Marked Face Shields meet the relevant EU regulations and have been officially certified by the BSI.

As well as their all-important safety credentials, the masks offer an opportunity for branding with the printed panel that extends across the brow.

Safety and success

Since reopening, The Hair Gallery has been inundated with bookings and Robyn, along with stylists Kate and Jessie, have been rushed off their feet. During their first weeks of trading, the three colleagues have found that their Visors allow them to carry out their work unhindered. In addition, they have provided much-needed reassurance to clients stepping into a salon for the first time in months.

“My staff and clients love their personalised Visors and I have had lots of salon owners ask where they are from.” – Robyn Moore

Haircut

Get ahead, get a haircut

After a challenging introduction to the industry, The Hair Gallery is now well and truly open for business, thanks to the determination and creativity shown by Robyn, Kate and Jessie. So for anyone in striking distance of Much Wenlock, Shropshire — we thoroughly recommend treating your lockdown locks to a much-needed trim at The Hair Gallery.

Just like Robyn and her trusty team, Solopress has had to adapt to conditions with resourcefulness and fresh thinking. Check out our full range of Coronavirus Essentials.

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