Pandemic holiday shopping: Bye-bye Black Friday

ORLANDO, Fla. (Ivanhoe Newswire) – Black Friday has quickly become a national holiday, pushing some sales to start as early as Thanksgiving morning!

In 2019, the number of in-person shoppers on Black Friday fell by 6.2% and 93.2 million people instead made an online Black Friday purchase. These stats are expected to increase even more this year due to the pandemic, but are there also dangers to shopping online? We have the details on what a pandemic Black Friday and COVID Cyber Monday will look like.

This is how it was last year, but this year, COVID-19 has changed everything. For the first time in years, more big retailers are keeping their doors closed Thanksgiving Day. Instead, cyber deals are already underway, but beware … experts say if you want a specific gift, order it online now before they run out.

Try out apps that can help you keep track of sales on hot items. The top apps this season — Shop Savvy helps you find the lowest price locally on gift items. Coupon Cabin is a coupon and cash back app. Members can search for offers from more than 4,000 stores and brands and earn up to 10% cash back on online purchases from more than 1,800 stores.

Avoid sticker shock at the register with Discount Calculator, an app that figures the real prices for all of your items, including store discounts and applicable sales taxes.

As we say bye-bye to Black Friday, be aware of Cyber Monday and holiday sale hoaxes. To keep your precious holiday finds safe, only visit official company sites of trusted brands directly.

Never open email links or ads. Keep track of your spending and use a credit card that offers fraud protection. Make your passwords diverse— this way, if one gets stolen, hackers won’t have access to all of your info. And never shop on a free wi-fi connection.

Sources: https://spendmenot.com/blog/black-friday-sales-statistics/#:~:text=Black%20Friday%20is%20arguably%20the,shopping%2C%20which%20hit%20%247.4%20billion https://blackfriday.com/product-deals https://blackfriday.com/news/stores-closed-thanksgiving https://www.retailmenot.com/blog/stores-closed-on-thanksgiving.html https://www.today.com/money/here-s-list-stores-staying-closed-thanksgiving-black-friday-t118674 https://corporate.bestbuy.com/best-buy-to-close-stores-on-thanksgiving-day/ https://www.washingtonpost.com/business/2020/08/17/holiday-shopping-2020-black-friday/

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Bye-bye beauty salons: the treatments to book in for now

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ith a second lockdown in T-minus 3 days, Britain’s beauty salons are preparing once again to shut their doors.

But between now and then London’s salons are set to be inundated with bookings, and as such, most have extended their opening hours – with some even offering 24/7 beauty and hair appointment slots until Thursday.

But which treatments should you prioritise before lockdown 2.0? And where should you get them?

We spoke to the owners of some of the city’s coolest salons and beauty platforms to get their tips on the treatments worth bagging yourself a 10pm slot for.  

Book in for a cut and colour

“Get your cut and colour done now,” advises Luke Hersheson, who is keeping his Berners Street and Harvey Nichols salons open to midnight until Thursday. “We are trying to remain positive and hoping we all get to come out of this in a months’ time – the idea it could be longer is frustrating at best,” he continues.

Beauty booking platform Secret Spa has also seen haircut bookings soar 400 per cent since the lockdown announcement. Co-Founder Emily Ewart-Perks, suggests customers opt for haircuts a little shorter than they normally would to allow for a potential lockdown extension, and ask for styles that will grow out well, especially for men and children.  

Secret Spa has extended its hours to offer appointments through the entire night on Monday and Tuesday and until 11pm on Wednesday. They still have slots available, but advise booking pronto.

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“We recommend all our clients have a colour top up and a good haircut to get them through the next lockdown. We also recommend our clients invest in good haircare to help maintain the colour and shine of their hair during lockdown,” says Elena Lavagni, salon owner and founder, who’s extended salon hours to 7am until 10 pm, and drafted in extra staff to help cope with demand.  

Consider a hair smoothing service

Paul Edmonds, owner of two hair and beauty salons in Knightsbridge and Battersea, says most of the last minute treatment requests are technical, “clients want colour services (root and highlights), defrizzing/smoothing and straightening/perming services,” he says. “We are advising clients to book in for hair smoothing services to last the period in lockdown keeping hair and colour in tip top condition.”

Luke Hersheson agrees that “a permanent blow dry will help keep winter frizz sorted – we want to try and avoid all the box colour disasters and home haircuts.”

Waxing, nude manis and punchy peels…

Waxing has been the most requested treatment category on Secret Spa, with a 400 per cent increase in bookings since the lockdown was announced, and bikini lines a top priority.  

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