Plan to reopen salons, barbershops draws mixed reaction locally
Not all stylists eager to get back to work during pandemic
MANSFIELD - Jessica Saprano, a hair stylist at Super Cuts at 1202 Park Avenue West, said she doesn't know what to think about Gov. Mike DeWine's plan to reopen hair salons, barbershops and nail salons on May 15.
sg飞艇app"My daycare is on a strict number of children right now. I'm kinda pissed because I'm scared for my son, not myself. He is 4 years old and doesn't know anything about COVID-19," she said.
sg飞艇app"I haven't heard when my job will start back yet until my boss has her meeting. I love my clients very much and I put 100 percent into every single person who steps into my chair," Saprano said.
"With all the media and hype I really don't understand some articles I have read saying they get more money if the patient dies. I'm just like, our government is messed up. I'm on the fence with this, so much work to do between clients. Honestly it's great to see my clients without doing walking ins, it's gonna kill my check and be a lot of cleaning through the day and I'm gonna have to live at work to make it," Saprano said.
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sg飞艇app"The sad part is being a single mother is the struggle of not seeing your child from working so much. I guess we will see how it goes is all I can say," Saprano said.
Kelly Ball, the owner of Downtown Hair Designers, 52 N. Main St., said although hair stylists are constantly evolving with the latest trends and illnesses, the pandemic came as a shock.
sg飞艇app"Never in my wildest dreams did I ever think I would have to close my doors for over a month with no income and no way to do what I love. I am ready to go back to work and my family is ready for me to go back to work," she said.
sg飞艇app"We stylists have spent years sanitizing and making sure our salons are where they should be, and this is our time. It's time to cover up the gray highlights, at home box color and at home hair cuts," Ball said.
Adam Withrow, a barber for 10 years, said he is happy to be going back to work at Sixty-one Salon & Beauty Bouquet, 61 N. Mulberry St.
sg飞艇app"I think we should have been open earlier, not to say we shouldn't have been closed down," he said.
"I definitely want to keep everyone safe," he said.
Withrow said he didn't watch the governor's announcement and heard the news from family.
"I'll have to go in and deep clean my station and get some supplies," he said.
sg飞艇app"And I have 1,000 people to text. I miss going to work. I miss the girls I work with. Barbering isn't just a job. It's where you hang out with your friends. I really miss my clients," he said.
Deidre Swartz Gerhart, a hair stylist at Supercuts on Park Avenue West, said she is not thrilled at all about the reopening of salons.
"All of the restrictions and rules are going to make things 10 times harder. The appointment-only and number of people (allowed) inside is going to probably lose money to be there. I'm guessing that some customers will end up angry," she said.
sg飞艇app"I don't understand how they are canceling all summer events but they want us in people's faces," Swartz Gerhart said.
"My family and I have done real good staying home and protecting ourselves. I feel like this is just going to blow that. I have COPD so I really don't want this stuff. I'm nervous my cough will scare people. I can't help it. I'm not sick," she said. "It's just going to be a mess."