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"It's kind of been a whirlwind": Salons, barber shops reopen after nearly 2-month closure

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Posted at 9:47 PM, Jan 25, 2021
and last updated 2021-01-26 01:28:31-05

Salons and barber shops are able to open again with the regional stay-at-home order lifted.

Barber, Armando Tamayo of Stay Sharp Barber Shop in San Luis Obispo is back to doing what he loves following the shop's closure in early December.

"It was kind of tough," Tamayo said. "We can't be cutting hair, making money."

The industry was closed for nearly two months straight, up until Monday.

"Financially it was kind of hard. I had to get a part time job," Tamayo said.

Buttercup Beauty opened for the first time ever in September of 2020 to only be closed in early December.

"It's been really hard being in an industry that you never thought was going to be hit like this," said Blakeley Bryan, Stylist and Owner of Buttercup Beauty.

Since the Governor's announcement on Monday that the stay-at-home order was lifted, Bryan says her phone has been flooded with calls and texts.

"It's kind of been a whirlwind," Bryan said.

Barbershops and salons alike are already experiencing a huge demand.

"It's pretty overwhelming especially having the same amount of clientele but it's a much shorter time period and everyone's gone so long in between services that it's a much bigger project," Bryan explained.

She's thankful to get to work to help her clients though.

"Everyone is desperate to get their roots and highlights and something feel good this year and bring a little joy," Bryan added.

Clients are eager to get their hair cut too after going so many days without.

"I feel really relieved," said Stay Sharp Barber Shop Client, Jairo Gonzalez. "Now I'm going to be going out looking fresh, you know, getting hooked up but looks great. People need business. They gotta make that money."

Tamayo is optimistic that the doors for the personal care industry will remain open for good.

"Hopefully this doesn't go on," Tamayo said. "Just keep closing and opening again. I mean we do want to be stable."