Are facility beauty salons going to fade like a bad color job?
Baby Boomers, on the other hand, are in the transition phase. Some still practice the weekly beauty salon ritual and others do the every 5-6 weeks cut and color.
The impact of this transition in senior living is that we need to move from primarily all-female beauty salons to a Salon and Spa setup. Additional services need to be offered such as manicure, pedicure and massage. The design of the space should feel more like a contemporary spa where a male or boomer would feel comfortable vs a traditional “floral print” beauty salon.
Weekly beauty salon visits are positive experiences that raise self-esteem, provide head massages and generate social interaction. These are worth more to a senior female (of which approximately 75% of assisted living consists of) than anyone can measure. If we do not transition the salon to the spa properly we could lose vital social interactions and self-esteem building. It is our job as designers, owners and operators to recognize this need for change and implement the necessary installations before it is too late.
Topics: Design , Operations