Guidance for Nail Professionals in England from 19 July 2021

Guidance for Nail Professionals in England from 19 July 2021








The announcement and guidance have, at last, been published. There have been some conversations with other associations in the hope that a similar message from all will make it stronger and more understandable.

· Face masks – no real change. They are strongly recommended for ‘close contact’ services

· ‘Close contact’ is what is relevant here regardless of what other sectors are doing eg shops, transport etc

· This is most relevant for face to face over an extended period of time ie more than 15mins

· The main things to remember here and what you must base your decisions on a robust risk assessment revisited for post 19th July

· Best practice. Every professional should understand ‘best practice’ for each individual service and client

· Duty of care. Every individual has a duty of care for themselves, their staff or colleagues and clients ie you must do you best to ensure everyone is a safe as possible

· Health & Safety at Work Act 1974. This does refer to salons with 5 or more employees but this, in these days of COVID and in general must apply to everyone

· The use of visors/goggles is dependent on your own risk assessment

· Good ventilation is key! If you don’t have a well-ventilated space, then consider if it is appropriate to carry out services

· Your existing hygiene protocols should remain the same

· Check with your insurer to see if they have added any caveats that you need to know about

· With no law in place for ‘close contact’ then general safety rules take precedence which are mentioned above

· If you decide clients must wear a mask, this must be clear in your RA’s as to why and they should be notified before or on booking so there are no surprises at the point of arrival

· If you decide clients do not have to wear a mask it must also be clear how every person is kept safe

· You should still have your basic COVID questionnaire as COVID will be around a long time

· Home salons and mobiles are the same as salons (remember RA’s!)

· You must abide by the Government rules on isolating whatever they are, and these are subject to change. It is your responsibility to keep up with current rules

· Don’t be scared of your clients! If you have done your ‘due diligence’ then you are doing the right thing. Just make sure they know and understand your safety measures in advance and not when they arrive for their appointment

· Discrimination is potentially an issue, but ‘safety’ takes precedence. Your safety statement and protocols will support this both for insurance and Local Authorities

If you are struggling with H&S, client safety, your safety, staff/colleague safety or how to deal with difficult clients then there are plenty of people willing to help. Either freely on social media or their specific groups on Facebook.

Our recommendations:

Sam Blake for H&S, Karl Hinder, Richard McCabe, Ryan Power or Liza Smith. All offer a wide variety of business coaching within our industry.

15/07/21 E&OE


The FNP Census of the Nail Industry  –  The Results Are in!

The FNP Census of the Nail Industry – The Results Are in!

The FNP census came to an end a short while ago and we are just analysing the results!!

Well my goodness! We had an average of around 800 responses. Thank you pro nail industry!!! The results are amazing!  I have to say the the respondents are probably those that are most connected with the industry! The results show that the industry is in SUCH a good place! The stats are fabulous to read.  However, we all know that there is a vast ‘underbelly’ or realism! Those that inhabit this area are very unlikely to give any of their time in responding to any census. 

BUT…. what is so great to read are these that take their career seriously and THESE are who we need to recognise and applaud! The greater the real pros become the more the ‘underbelly’ will be shown up for what it is.  As Chair of the FNP, I say it like it is. No marketing spins, no hiding the truth, no putting  a ‘gloss’ where it isn’t deserved.

We have some fascinating results on subjects like:

  • self employed vs employed
  • what qualifications held
  • who was the entry education provider
  • how first education was perceived
  • the level of skill updates and what they were
  • how much is spent on education
  • what business skills are needed
  • how does secondary education perceive the industry
  • how do we feel Government perceive us
  • what are the popular courses
  • where do nail pros get their qualifications
  • who wants business help
  • how do nail pros buy their products
  • what do they look for
  • what are the most popular subjects to upskill

Plus SO much more.

An 800 response rate is a good indication of what is going on in our industry. I wish we could attract the ‘other side’ but this is virtually impossible. Many working in the industry today absolutely know they are ‘below standard’ for a professional career so, who will admit that?

A full report on this unique census will be available to our Patrons only.  Little snippets will be published occasionally!  What I can tell you  is that this is an amazing in-depth look at our professional nail industry and what is happening in the good area of our sector.

I wonder if we can ‘bring up’ the accepted  and known ‘underbelly’? Join us and we will do our very best!