By Colleen Sparks
The Coronavirus pandemic is making it difficult, if not impossible, for salons to provide haircuts and other services to clients.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has recommended people stay at least 6 feet away from others in order to try to prevent the spread of this virus, leaving salons in a challenging situation.
Many local salons are limiting their services or closing their doors in order to protect their customers. Mane Attraction Salon at 3156 E. Camelback Road has done the latter, makinging the decision to close temporarily. Customers can order hair care products or buy gift cards for future use from the salon’s website at maneattractionsalon.com.
“If you want to support our local business please consider purchasing a MAS Gift Card for yourself, or for a friend,” Mane Attraction Salon co-owner Chris Knudsen said. “As always we offer a $20 referral credit for any friend you send to us, so if you are a raving MAS fan and have someone who is in need of our expertise get them a Gift Card and let us take care of the rest.”
Humble Brag Salon just opened in November at 4200 N. 7th Ave. in a renovated former antiques store built in the 1950s. Long-time hair stylist Sarah Milani and broker Joey Paradise, owners of the salon, said they have created a co-working-style space where stylists are independent contractors who rent chairs but help each other and even share clients. The salon offers extensive, continuous education to stylists.
As of press time, Humble Brag decided to stay open under tightly controlled conditions. The salon is large enough so that staff members may keep adequate social distances of about 6 feet between stations. This business is 2,500-square-feet and has no more than eight people at a time within that space.
However, Humble Brag is currently only accepting appointments and not taking walk-ins in order to try to protect customers and employees’ safety. For those clients worried about their own safety, stylists will take appointments for select customers during off-hours when there may only be one or two people in the salon at a time.
“Salons are tightly controlled clean environments where customer safety is number one,” Milani said. “Every stylist in our salon is a licensed professional and has accordingly spent countless hours learning about sanitation and passed strict testing in adherence to these rules. We always follow the strict standards set by the Board of Cosmetology. Stylists wash their hands before, during and after every service as well as wearing aprons to promote a safe environment for every client. In addition, all surfaces are cleaned with barbicide throughout the salon and all stations are cleaned and sanitized after each use.”
To learn more about Humble Brag, visit humblebragsalon.com or call 602-900-7360.
Union Hair Co. at 8801 N. Central Ave. was still open as of press time. Sadie Marquez, who owns the salon along with her husband, Ronaldo Marquez, said fewer customers than usual had been coming into the salon in recent weeks.
“We’re not so much a hotspot right now,” Sadie said. “We are following sanitation rules, protecting everything, of course, as usual.”
She added she and the other stylists at the salon also are doing extra cleaning to ensure customers and employees’ safety.
To learn more about Union Hair Co., visit unionhairco.com or call 602-575-1665.