How your hair salon or barbershop could be different after coronavirus

Mary

No reception area. No walk-ins. Empty booths.

Those are some of the changes customers can expect to see as hair salons and barber shops begin to reopen across the USA.

Jalainna Ellis, owner of All That Jazz salon and spa in Cheyenne, Wyoming, said taking the temperature of arriving customers became part of the new protocol when she reopened her business May 1.

The magazines and lookbooks are gone, too. Customers head directly to their respective hairstylist rather than waiting in a reception area that no longer exists. Face masks are required, for customers and members of the 17-person staff, Ellis said.

“It’s nerve-wracking,” Ellis told USA TODAY. “We are not trained to wear masks and work. Your vision is skewed, so it takes more concentration.

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Do Your Nails Like This, and Everyone Will Think You Spent the Day at the Salon

Mary

I don’t know about you, but these uncertain times have taught me an important lesson: I’m a lot more self-sufficient in the beauty department than I thought. Now, I’m not brave enough to cut my own hair, but I’ve taken the plunge with at-home facials, chemical peels, and even eyebrow lamination (sort of) without any disasters to speak of. I have to admit that this hot streak has got me feeling cautiously optimistic that I can take on the next treatment on my wish list: an at-home gel manicure.

Typically, having this shiny, chip-resistant varnish applied to our fingernails means spending lots of time and money at the nail salon. But now that visiting such places has been complicated by events outside our control, it’s high time we get familiar with carrying out this task at home. Traditional nail polish is great (and, in fact, I’ve been