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For hair salons and barbershops that haven't gone out of business, it's a rocky road to recovery

Original post made on Jul 10, 2020

From interviews with operators in San Mateo and Santa Clara counties, it's clear the hair service industry is facing a long road to recovery in a pandemic that thrives in close contact and indoor spaces.

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Posted by Resident
a resident of Another Palo Alto neighborhood
on Jul 10, 2020 at 7:09 am

For many of us who are going around with a mop of shaggy hair which we may or may not have attacked with a pair of household scissors, or got a spouse to attack, we realize just how much we take for granted in some of these services we have been using over the years without thought. Every time I look in the mirror I see just what a mess my hair looks with amateur attempts to tidy up the thatch.

Because our hair is very important to the way we feel as much as the way we look. I don't have to look at my hair unless I see my reflection but I know it looks a mess so I feel a mess. As soon as I can get a decent haircut I will feel a million dollars, my mood will be lifted, and the world will be a better place. OK, maybe I exaggerate, but many will agree.

So let these essential workers do their jobs. I don't care how much they put their price up from normal, I will tip on top, but the cost is going to be worth it. I will happily sit in the parking lot if it can be done.


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Posted by Bill
a resident of Barron Park
on Jul 10, 2020 at 8:13 am

I've been having my hair cut by the same person for over 14 years and finally got it cut last week. I figured that without CV-19 I would have usually had it cut at least 3 times in the interim so I paid her 3X my normal price + tip. Well worth it!


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Posted by PAM
a resident of Barron Park
on Jul 10, 2020 at 11:30 am

"The landlord was willing to help, she said, but only if she signed a new lease that came with a 3% increase in rent."

Disgusting, increasing rent during a plague. It should be a 10% DECREASE in rent. I hope they leave the Bay Area and find a better place to do business.


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Posted by chris
a resident of University South
on Jul 12, 2020 at 11:09 pm

Is Santa Clara County reopening too soon? With the reopening of outdoor dining, there has been a dramatic surge in cases recently. Not enough people are wearing masks and social distancing. Is SCC heading toward a Florida-type cesspool?


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Posted by chris
a resident of University South
on Jul 13, 2020 at 1:37 pm

It may not be long before Newsom’s order closing hair salons and barber shops applies to Sandra Clara County.


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Posted by Resident
a resident of Another Palo Alto neighborhood
on Jul 13, 2020 at 4:52 pm

Seems that it is only for two days. Closing again Wednesday.


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Posted by resident
a resident of Downtown North
on Jul 13, 2020 at 5:57 pm

It's really too dangerous to be doing this right now. California averaged over 100 COVID fatalities per day last week.


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Posted by Want to help
a resident of Another Palo Alto neighborhood
on Jul 14, 2020 at 10:23 am

I already cherish my hairdresser. For years, I went to expensive places that often were so much trouble, trying to get good cuts. Then I ended up taking my son to various fast-cheap-cut places and found someone who has given me haircuts that sometimes rival the most expensive, for around $20, which is what I can afford now.

I pinch myself that these stylists exist. I’ve gotten very attached to having a fast cut like that. If I want a change, they’re walk in and so fast, I can take my chances. The trick is to remember it’s a $20 haircut and not pester the stylist- I’ve seen people treat them like they’re there for their $100 hour-long salon session, which is not cool imho.

I wish I could ask for a cut in my backyard everyone wearing masks, my tools. I’d pay $100 for that and tip for all the cuts I’ve missed. My family are either shaggy or bald, and I’ve had to trim my own hair. As a shortcoiffed woman it is not easy let me tell you. I don’t know how the women who worked there are getting by. Because of the walk in convenience they don’t have a client list. I wish the Weekly would create a list of salons and volunteer to manage Go Fund Me efforts for local salons so that people have confidence of where the money is going. I can’t just pay my hairdresser remotely, I don’t even know how to contact them. They don’t have an online presence. They were a really valued service for those of us who can’t afford the expensive cuts. (Grateful Head in Mountain View).


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