Many have heard stories of what happened when hair salons and barbershops closed down to stop the spread of COVID-19.
There were botched at-home haircuts and dye jobs, and many people grew out quarantine beards.
Since being allowed to reopen, one of the biggest adjustments salons and barbershops have had to make is increasing safety measures to protect employees and customers from COVID-19.
Blush Salon AZ, a locally owned salon located in Goodyear, also had to pivot to allow for social distancing. Closing down was difficult, but in response Blush decided to help promote other local businesses.
“Knowing that so many other businesses were going through the same thing, and possibly worse, was absolutely saddening and humbling, so we tried to make the best of it and do a giveaway contest and tried our best to include and promote local restaurants, bakeshops, etc., on our social media platforms,” Blush owner Erica Sayles said.
Since reopening, Blush Salon has had to adapt to accommodate social distancing. Business has rebounded with the support of the community, Sayles said.
“Our community has been amazing and so understanding. We could not do this without the support of our wonderful community, and them entrusting that we are taking every precaution necessary to ensure their safety and the safety of our employees.”
V’s Barbershop has been operating in the Valley for over 20 years, with a Peoria location for 15 years.
According to Jim Valenzuela, founder of V’s Barbershop, “Our biggest adaptation was following the mandates of the state and instituting masks and other PPE (personal protective equipment) in store. We have really ramped up our efforts in cleaning, making sure that every patron receives a superior service in an immaculately clean station. ... Licensed, clean and pristine. It’s the new protocol we follow.”
The business has been impacted by the pandemic but has felt supported by the community.
“We feel incredibly lucky and supported to have some of the best patrons any barbershop family could have,” Valenzuela said.
Valenzuela also explained that some customers are acting cautiously due to COVID risks.
“With time, and hopefully the eventual ‘win’ against COVID with a vaccine, we know that business will slowly return to normal,” he said.
Floyd’s 99 Barbershop, a national chain with locations across the Valley, including Glendale, has also adapted to the pandemic. In addition to adopting new safety procedures, Floyd’s also responded by launching their Hair for You campaign. They gave back to the communities they serve by donating complimentary haircuts to essential workers.
“If you haven’t returned for a haircut, we’re here for you when you’re ready,” Floyd’s recently posted to Facebook. “Know that with us, your hair is in good, clean hands.”