•Reuben Wood Salon in Manchester is the first hairdressers in U.K. to have a state-of-the-art air cleaning system.
•Pioneering technology can be used in public spaces to combat coronavirus.
•Far-UV light is ‘revolutionary’ for infection control.
Cutting edge coronavirus-killing technology has been installed in a hairdressing studio in Greater Manchester.
The award winning Reuben Wood Salon is a ‘cut above’ – as the first salon in the country to have a revolutionary Far UV filter air disinfection system.
The Hepacart Germ Buster 5000 is state-of-the-art Far-UV light technology from America: typically found in U.S hospital operating theatres.
Reuben’s entrepreneur brother Jordan discovered the revolutionary technology, and has brought the brand to market here, with his fashion week stylist brother the first to harness for his busy salon.
Salon partner Karl Collins said: “When the government confirmed that salons could re-open, Reuben and I thoroughly read the official guidelines and all the up-to-date information from the British Hair Federation. Although we were confident about reopening our business, we were also looking for other ideas to keep our ten stylists and our clients as protected as possible.
“Reuben knew his brother was working on Far-UV technology but we weren’t sure if it was the kind of equipment you could have in a hair salon. We had wrongly assumed it would be a huge piece of laboratory style equipment that would be installed in the ceiling of a hospital but that just isn’t the case. This kit isn’t invasive, not as expensive as you might think, and can be fitted anywhere.
“It was a no-brainer for us to get a piece of equipment that will clean the air in the entire salon every three minutes.
“The response from our clients and staff has been amazing, it seems to reassure them that we have taken their wellbeing into consideration. Reuben and I just wanted to do all we could to keep everybody who comes into our space, safe.
“With all the team using full PPE, and clients wearing face masks, the Germbuster gives everyone who comes into the salon extra peace of mind.”
Far-UV light is proven to destroy coronaviruses, SARS, MRSA, influenza, tuberculosis, measles, bacteria and pathogens.
There are three types of ultraviolet light – UVA, UVB and UVC – all of which have the potential to damage human skin.
UVC light from special germicidal lamps kills germs, and has been used as a means of disinfecting hospital wards and operating theatres for decades. However, these areas must be empty of people when in use, because the lamps operate at a harmful wavelength that can penetrate the eyes and skin, causing inflammation and pain.
Far-UVC lamps emit shorter wavelengths, and are safe because proteins in the skin efficiently absorb this light and provide a natural protective barrier.