Hair salons adjust to closure

Published 8:41 am Saturday, April 4, 2020

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With the coronavirus outbreak, businesses have closed until the spreading of the disease has slowed or stopped completely. One type of business on hold is the hair industry.

For some, a haircut is something that needs to be done every now and then. For others, a special trip is planned to the salon or barbershop weeks ahead of schedule. Now, both groups of people must bide their time and wait.

At most salons, the stylists usually prebook their schedule.

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During the shutdown, they haven’t been able to follow through with their clients.

“My book basically works off of that. I have a lot that pre-book appointments for the entire year,” said Jason Crosson, owner of Hair Masters.

“There are three other workers in there. They’re all booth renters, and they’re missing out on their clients.”

On the other side, clients are unable to continue their normal schedule to keep their hair the way they usually keep it.

“They’re stressing, worrying about hair colors and people are going to know their true hair colors,” Crosson said. “You don’t want to mess with a woman and her color.”

A lot of his clients who have missed their appointments because of the closure have already started asking when they will be rescheduled.

“They’re all going to be beating the door down to come in,” Crosson said. “As soon as it can open up, it’s going to be wide open.”

In order to get everything going again, Crosson will work six days instead of his normal four.

Crosson, like most of the other stylists, is hoping the crisis can get under control soon so they can open the shop back up.

“You want to do what you can to help cease this thing,” Crosson said. “But you really hope everybody else is doing their part because you’re doing what you can and suffering from that. It is just a stressful time.”

Since shutting the business down, Crosson has been going to the salon, making sure everything is sanitized and just trying to stay busy.

“My staying busy has kept my mind off it a little bit,” Crosson said.