V-Styles Salon and Academy is first to receive new acredited industry award

A LUCAN salon is one of the first such premises in the country to received an accredited industry award, which was established to help businesses deal with the new requirements arising from Covid-19.

V-Styles Salon & Academy in Lucan Village won the Hygiene Promise Assurance Award.

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V-Styles Salon & Acaemy in Lucan win the Hygiene Promise Assurance Award

HABIC Ireland (the Hair and Beauty Industry Federation of Ireland) worked closely with other industry bodies to establish a set of guidelines for both hairdressers and barbers and a second set for beauticians.

Following this, HABIC teamed up with Image Skillnet, providers of training and development programmes and Glantar to develop the Hygiene Promise Salon Assurance Programme.

The programme was established to work with business owners as they re-aligned their way of doing business, managing their teams and  servicing their clients after reopening on July 29.

Virginija Vitkauskiene, owner of V-Styles Salon & Academy, Lower Main Street, Lucan Village, was propelled into a frenzy of safety protocols and a whole new way of doing business.

Realising she needed all the help that she could get, Virginija applied for the fully funded Hygiene Promise Assurance Award.

Virginia said: “At our salon we have always taken pride in the safety of our clients and staff. This award has enabled us to reassure our clients, staff and visitors that we are maintaining our highest quality of hygiene standards, particularly in these uncertain times.

The reassurance that this offers our clients is something that money just can’t buy.”

The Hygiene Promise Assurance Award is displayed at the salon, signifying all the necessary hygiene protocols are adhered to in order to ensure safety and comfort for both staff and clients.

The hair and beauty industry in Ireland numbers some 9,286 salons nationally, employing in the region of 26k and making a significant contribution, €2.79bn to GDP.

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