Beauty Salon Services in Assisted Living
One of the perks of life in a senior community is more time to spend on you. With housekeeping and meal preparation out of the way, you can relax at the on-site salon for pampering and social time with friends. If you’re used to regular salon visits, your community’s beauty and barber services can help you maintain your grooming routine.
If you’re not a regular salon-goer, your first visit or two may convince you to adopt the habit. Senior living community salons are typically staffed with professionals who prefer to work with mature clients, and serve as a social hub where you can meet your neighbors. Here are answers to a few common questions about assisted living salon services.
Do I need an appointment?
In general, yes. It’s always a good idea to book your appointment well ahead of time if you have a special occasion coming up, such as family photos, a birthday, or a big night out. Salon hours are usually morning through early afternoon, although some may extend their hours before the holidays.
What salon services are available?
Most onsite salons offer standard hair-care services including shampoo and style, cuts, and color, plus beard trimming and shaving for men. Permanent waves, hair straightening, braids, and deep conditioning may be on the menu, too, and some salons also offer manicure, pedicures, and foot massages.
Depending on where you live, your on-site salon may offer more specialized and spa services. For example, the Cleveland-based SalonPS chain of assisted-living salons provides chair massage and makeup artist services in addition to hair and nail care. Generations Salon Services, a national senior-care chain, adds special services such as body waxing, wig styling, and full-body massage.
Finally, if you have a stylist and massage therapist you just can’t do without, you may be able to bring them to you. Some communities open their salons to outside professionals during off hours, if they’re willing to travel and you’re willing to pay travel fees.
How do I pay for beauty and barber services?
In most communities, salon services are paid for separately. Payment options vary, and salon rates may or may not include sales tax and gratuities, so it’s a good idea to ask how to pay before you make your first appointment.
In some places, residents’ salon fees are deducted from their petty cash accounts after each service, so all you need to do is sign in. In others, families and residents can pre-pay for monthly salon care, again eliminating the need for you to pay at the time of service. At still others, residents pay their stylists directly with cash or a credit card.
Your senior community salon may offer gift certificates, a fact you can mention when family and friends ask you what you’d like for your birthday or the holidays. Gift certificates are also a nice gift for fellow residents, especially if several people go in together to buy one.
How much do services typically cost?
This varies from place to place, but on-site salon services are often priced lower than rates at outside salons. For example, The Inn at Belden Village in Canton, Ohio, prices men’s and women’s haircuts at less than $12 and a shampoo and set at $14. Prices are a bit higher at Northport Retirement Centers of Florida but still well below standard salon rates; men’s and women’s haircuts are less than $20 and a shampoo and set or blow-dry is $19.
Talk to the staff at your senior living community or the stylists at your on-site salon to find out what services they can offer you. You may find that a regular trip to the salon or spa is one of retirement’s best benefits.