“Good to see you Matt, I had to get six inches off,” says a customer on her way out of Jesamondo Salon & Spa. Matt Traiger, owner of the business, returns the sentiment, and admits that he hasn’t been able to even get himself a cut yet. Since Jesamondo has been back up and running, customers desperate to get their hair back to a manageable length and shape have been coming in, glad to see their usual hairdressers rather than a member of their family armed with dull scissors.
At the moment, leaving Jesamondo is as easy as ever. It’s getting inside that’s a bit more complex. Outside the entrance to the long-time Natick salon and spa, located at 154 E. Central St., (regulars may remember when they were located in Wellesley) is a blackboard with a phone number. The message on the blackboard directs clients to give a call so that they may be greeted and let in by an employee. Be ready to get a quick scan via temperature reader to check if you’re running a fever.
Inside, signs at the reception desk encourage social distancing, offer masks for sale, and inform customers that due to a “contactless payment system” they encourage the use of Venmo for tips. The hairdressers are donned in masks, gloves, goggles, and smocks, ensuring one more layer of protection.
Most importantly of all, however, is a brand-new hidden HVAC bio-defense system called the Synexis Microbial Reduction System. You can’t see the salon-safety system, because it’s tucked into air vents in the ceiling. The devices use humidity and oxygen to deliver safe levels of dry hydrogen peroxide into the air. Proven to be effective against both surface and airborne contaminants such as viruses (including COVID-19, E. Coli, Staph, Norovirus, H1N1, Listeria, C.Diff), bacteria and mold, thirteen of the devices have been installed. It’s a system that has been scientifically proven and used for many years by professional athletic team, stadiums, and hospitals. Jesamondo is one of two salons in Massachusetts to install Synexis, and the only nail salon and day spa in Massachusetts to use it.
Matt is quite enthusiastic about the devices, and sees them as the future in battling against COVID-19. He says you can’t even smell a perm in the salon anymore.
The system has been tried and tested by organizations such as the LA Dodgers and the Tampa Bay Rays, to help players with asthma and prevent the spread of sickness between players within the locker room and the clubhouse.
According to State law the spa section of Jesamondo cannot be opened until Phase 2, Part 2 of the business reopening plan, which is scheduled to start Monday, June 22. Traiger is ready for that phase to begin. In fact, he’s confident that the spa could open today and be perfectly safe for both workers and customers due to the new safety system. The State provided funding to many small businesses to help them during the pandemic. Jesamondo used the funding to invest in the technology.
As of now Jesamondo is open for hair services through appointment, and Traiger is confident that it is a safe environment for workers and customers. With June 22 coming up fast, he says the staff is ready to welcome back customers for mani/pedis, waxing, facials, massage, reiki, and more.