San Diego hair salons ready to reopen await 'Stage 3' decision

Posted at 2:30 PM, May 23, 2020
and last updated 2020-05-23 17:35:31-04

SAN DIEGO (KGTV) — While San Diego's restaurants and retail have been allowed to reopen with modifications, hairstylists and barbers are still waiting for their chance to welcome back clients.

Mark Kulch, owner of Salon on 30th, says while California has yet to provide any guidance to salons, he and other salon owners are brainstorming how to reopen safely.

"We're doing our best to anticipate, however, nothing's been published yet," Kulch says.

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California has yet to publish any criteria for Stage 3 businesses, which include "higher-risk workplaces" like personal care, recreational venues, entertainment, and exercise.

So far, some salon owners are already planning changes including employees using face shields, masks, moving clients during hair appointments more instead of employees moving around the client.

"Our industry, specifically, is very well trained for this," Kulch said. "This is something we've always had to do, so we're just intensifying it."

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Customers may also need to call when they arrive as some locations plan to get rid of their waiting areas.

Brenda Barnaby, owner of Wild Honey Salons, believes safety and cleanliness will help customers feel safe as well.

"If the early birds come out and they have a good experience, and they write about the good experience, it's going to slowly ease people back into the salons," Barnaby says.