In Tuesday’s press conference, Governor Abbott announced the plan to allow hair salons and barbershops to reopen.
“There is an end in sight. We see the light at the end of the tunnel of us being closed. If we open next week, then it was a week before we were supposed to. I’m excited to see everybody that I see on a normal basis. I’m excited if there’s new faces in my chair. I’m excited to be back to normal,” said Carly Lamadrid, a Central Texas hairdresser.
Since the governor’s announcement, hair stylists have been flooded with appointment requests.
“The phone has been ringing off the wall for three days now. The minute he said it, I think we got booked up for Friday within three hours. It was crazy,” said Lorraine Gritten.
Along with a longer wait list, clients should also be aware that additional safety measures will be taken to ensure the individuals remain healthy while also reducing the spread of illness.
“They will get there shoes Lysoled. They will get their temperature checked, which you also have to have a touch-free thermometer. They will wash and sanitize their hands, and they have to wait inside their car until we call them for their appointment,” said Lamadrid.
"We bought four dozen towels and capes, and we’ve gone over this with our staff to make sure they know that nothing is going to be used double on anybody, and all of tools will be sanitized in between clients,” said stylist Lorraine Gritten.
Local stylists ask everyone to be patient as they too will have to begin to rebound, but they look forward to seeing the smiling faces of all their clients again.
While a lot of Central Texas salons and barbershops will reopen on Friday, some stylists have said they plan to reopen a little later and begin booking appointments slowly. Be sure to check with your stylist to make sure that salon is open to serve you.