Hair salons and barbershops across the Central Coast are beginning to reopen.
Under new state guidelines, the businesses are allowed to reopen with COVID-19 safety protocols in place.
San Luis Obispo County's Health Officer gave salons and barbershops the green light to reopen Monday morning. In Santa Barbara County, they can reopen as of 5 p.m. Monday, per the Health Officer's order.
The Barber in San Luis Obispo has been consistently busy since reopening for outdoor services earlier this month, but stylists say it was difficult working through weeks of hot weather and smoke.
Now they're excited to welcome guests back inside for a cut and color.
"We had smoke and the wind and all that kind of stuff," said barber Nic Cano. "It was different for sure doing that, but now we're back in here and it's great. Take it for granted, kind of, all the stuff you get to utilize in the shop."
The Barber is usually a walk-in shop, but right now they are only taking appointments.
Six barbers work out of the space, but they are working at half capacity.
The only services they can not yet offer are face shaves and beard trims.