Some Lowcountry salons say they are not ready to reopen

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CHARLESTON, S.C. (WCBD) – Many salons are prepared to open their doors at any given moment, while others said they have not been able to find the proper items necessary to do so safely. 

Faye Allen, owner and stylist at Studio 711 Hair Spa said that if the Governor were to reopen salons today, she would continue keep her doors closed until she is able to be fully stocked: 

The one thing that is a recommendation was a non-contact thermometer, that has been the most difficult to find—or it’s extra shipping which is astronomical. It’s almost the price of the item itself. 

Faye Allen, Owner/Stylist of Studio 711 Hair Spa 

Allen said she ran into a similar issue when trying to find the correct face masks to purchase for customers who may not have their own, and proper disinfectant wipes. She noted it’s similarly hard to find items she’d typically buy for her usual inventory.  

In between searching for items, Allen has kept an eye on other states that are opening, such as Georgia, and those like Ohio that have released guidelines for salon owners to prepare.

When she does finally receive all of her personal protective equipment (PPE), Allen said she feels the need to do a trial run before bringing clients in. Even adding in that she purchased scrubs to wear as opposed to her normal attire.

Maybe I need to do a trial run, get somebody in here like say a sibling or a relative and say like, ‘hey, let’s go see what this looks like.’ 

Faye Allen, Owner/Stylist of Studio 711 Hair Spa 

While it may not look the same once salons reopen, Allen believes it is in the best interest for all.

I know it wont be the same as it has been–I’ve been doing this almost 40 years and hopefully I can do it another 40 more. So I have to stay alive.  

Faye Allen, Owner/Stylist of Studio 711 Hair Spa 

As of Monday, there have been no updates from the Governor or the South Carolina State Board of Cosmetology that indicate when salons or barbershops will reopen.

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