Most Bay Area Hair Stylists Have To Wait To Reopen

Holly Quan
May 27, 2020 - 10:52 am

    Although Gov. Gavin Newsom has allowed most of the state to reopen hair salons and barbershops, many hair stylists in the Bay Area are still waiting to welcome their clients back.

    Napa, Sonoma and Solano counties are the only Bay Area counties that have been approved to accelerate reopening. Sonoma County officials have said they are not prepared to allow hair salons and barbershops to reopen just yet.

    For Wendy Cooper who owns Classic Images Salon in downtown Livermore, that means all she can do for now is prepare for the day her business can reopen after closing on Mar. 17.

    The industrial, helmet-shaped hair dryers in her salon sit too close together. “This is barely 6 feet apart so partitions are definitely going to be the option, if we can do it,” she says. The stylist chairs can be moved six feet apart, but that means some of the workstations will have to be taken out completely. And because the sinks need plumbing, she is going to have to figure out a way to wash clients hair while keeping people distanced.

    “And I’ve done little things that I could. I know we’re not going to be able to have magazines so I’ve taken all the magazines out.” She has also closed the beverage bar and is stocking up on protective gear for employees and clients and plans to open seven days a week and will make appointments for whatever time people feel comfortable coming in, even six a.m.

    She fears that if she is closed any longer, she won’t be able to keep paying her rent. And it’s been hard to see other businesses like carwashes reopen. “I think every business should be open, and if you want to stay home, stay home. And if you want to come out, come out and take the proper precautions to keep yourself and your family safe…. we should all get to be open."