Local salons and barber shops reopen at last
A lot of adjustments and sacrifices have been made during the COVID-19 pandemic. People were asked to stay at home except for necessary ventures out, it dropped an economic bomb on businesses, forced cancellations of schools, festivals, concerts, and sporting events, diminished wedding plans, crushed countless gatherings and (horror of horrors) created panic buying of toilet paper.
The fallout has been significant and as restrictions began to be eased up a bit folks were able to slowly crawl to a return to some semblance of normality. Outdoor businesses resumed, then later retail was able to open and last week restaurants evolved from take out to limited in-house service.
But one hairy issue remained for the citizenry.
Salons and barber shops remained closed and one needed only to give a glance around at the populace to perceive the difference.
Some tried a home trim with what one would politely call 'mixed results'. Those who, uh, ‘modify’ their hair color suddenly looked as two toned as a pair of saddle shoes or even worse sporting a whole new shade (orange?) as the result of an attempt gone awry.
But Monday this all came to an end as customers poured into salons across the county to avail themselves of styling, manicures, pedicures, facials, trims, coloring, weaving, texturing, perms and any other of the many services provided by our local professionals.
Of course like so many other parts of our lives this also means there are adjustments.
Rose Contreras from Escape Salon in Newaygo will open her doors on Tuesday (June 16th) possibly due to her tendency toward not following the crowd and blazing her own path, but more likely because she has always been closed on Mondays.
Either way Rose, who has the ability to make my dwindling mane to look manageable, will be doing business a bit differently after reopening by instituting some cautionary measures recommended by those who set guidelines for such things.
Walk-ins will not initially be part of the Escape routine, bringing guests along to your appointment is ill advised unless they too are going to have work done, and Rose has recently completed a course in Barbicide COVID-19 Certification (who knew there was such a thing?).
“Although I sanitized frequently previous to the coronavirus I will now be sanitizing tools, shampoo bowls, shampoo chairs, styling station and chairs, waiting room chairs, kiosks, door handles and myself :) in between every client,” she reports.
And she asks that her clientele be punctual since the above measures are certain to create a bit of a time crunch. I admit being a bit unsure if this was directed at me since there is a personal tendency toward being flexible with the whole time thing.
So, if you’re already a Rose Regular it’s likely your appointment has been etched in the books but if not you can give her a call at 231-414-1462 and she will work you in when she can.
And while not everyone can pull off the new PPE look with the level of distinction shown in the above photo, Rose certainly wears it well.
She told us she even has lipstick on underneath the mask.
Ken DeLaat, N3
“My hair had grown out long and shaggy—not in that sexy-young-rock-star kind of way but in that time-to-take-Rover-to-the-groomer kind of way.”- Jim Butcher, White Knight