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Analysis of glove trial

Summary of forms received

In total 591 forms were received and analysed from 38 local authorities who took part in a short questionnaire as part of a local campaign over a two day period. Gloves were left for staff in salons to wear to protect against skin damage including dermatitis. This questionnaire is to find out about staff’s experiences and views of using the gloves.

Of the 591 forms returned, 556 people did wear gloves before the trial while working with clients’ hair, 32 did not and 3 did not answer.

Chart showing pre-trial figures for glove usage of salon staff while working with clients’ hair

Of the 556 who wore gloves before the trial, 34% used gloves for both shampooing and rinsing. However, during the trial, the use of gloves for shampooing increased to 68% and rinsing also increased to 59%.

Chart showing pre and post-trial figures for glove usage of salon staff while shampooing and rinsing

Two types of gloves were used, Marigold and Polyco. 9% of participants tried the Polyco, 17% tried the Marigold and 71% tried both, 3% did not answer.

The following graphs show responses from staff whilst trialling the gloves.

Put gloves on without difficulty – 86% responded yes, 13% responded no and 1% didn’t answer.

Chart showing ability of salon staff to put gloves on without difficulty

Comfort of gloves – 80% found the gloves comfortable, 17% did not find them comfortable and 3% didn’t answer.

Chart showing salon staff who found gloves comfortable

Feel temperature of water – 50% could feel the temperature of water whilst wearing gloves whereas 41% could not. 9% did not answer.

Chart showing salon staff who could feel the temperature of water while wearing gloves

Handle clients’ hair without pulling - 74% could handle clients’ hair freely when wearing gloves whilst 23% found gloves snagged clients’ hair.

Chart showing ability of salon staff to handle clients’ hair without snagging

Client commented on the use of gloves – 43% clients commented on staff wearing gloves, and of those 28% complained about staff wearing them.

Chart showing number clients who commented on use of gloves

Wear gloves in the future for shampooing and rinsing? - 62% replied they would and 34% would not. 4% did not reply.

Chart showing number salon staff who said they would wear gloves in the future for shampooing and rinsing

Of the 34% who would not wear gloves in the future:

Chart showing reasons stated by salon staff who said that they would not wear gloves in the future
Updated 2009-01-05