Innovative facial shield developed for salons

Eíthne Blaney-McAllister, Spa Manager at The Spa at The Merchant Hotel is pictured with therapist, Jennifer Blaney and Clinic Solutions' Nicola McIlhagger. 

Two clinic owners from Holyrood have developed an innovative facial screen to enhance COVID-19 safety during facial treatments.

Designed and manufactured by Nicola McIlhagger and Angela Hunter, the Clinic Solutions screens offer clients and therapists an added barrier of protection from COVID-19 and other infections during facial treatments. The screens were developed with student product designer, Joanna Gabrys, after Nicola and Angela were unable to source any similar products for their own salon, Cinch Clinic. 

Nicola Mcilhagger from Clinic Solutions, says: 

“Businesses need to be able to safeguard both their staff and clients against added risk of infection, and this product does just that. 

“Whilst nothing completely guarantees 100 per cent protection from the risk of COVID-19, this goes a long way in giving additional defence against cross-contamination and the passing on of any contagious infection. 

“We currently have three different facial screens on sale and a fourth at the design stage. Each screen has a moveable, bendable arm, which allows it to be positioned over the clients face during treatments providing an additional shield.”

She adds:

“We worked long hours and had many failures before coming up with the right size, dimensions and materials. The finished products are versatile, easy to clean and affordable. Every clinic, spa, salon or even health practice should consider investing in the products to give both their clients and staff peace of mind and added protection.”

Clinic Solutions facial screens are now being used by hundreds of clinics, beauty salons, dentists and spas worldwide. The Spa at The Merchant Hotel in Belfast has become the first luxury Spa in Northern Ireland to take shipment of their order. 

Eíthne Blaney-McAllister, Spa Manager at The Spa at The Merchant Hotel, says: 

“We are delighted to receive our facial screens. We have seen nothing like this on the market and think it is so innovative, and exactly what we were looking for to allow us to get back to our full offering.

“Since re-opening, we have taken every single precaution possible: introducing a very strict cleaning protocol, sanitising all equipment before and after each client, offering hand sanitising stations throughout the building etc. We invested in full PPE for all staff including masks and visors, however, as the clients are unable to wear masks during facials, we still weren't offering this service. 

“When we saw the screen concepts, we were very impressed and have ordered a screen for each of our treatment rooms. We cannot wait to welcome guests once-again for our signature facials.”