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Swans Studios In The News!!

Hairqueen News It's May 2021! How are you? How’s your hair?   Your heart?  Your life fourteen months and counting into Covid? I am okay, I am resilient, my hair is long, my heart suffered, my life is good, I have my vaccine, Covid tried me and I met the match. I could not have navigated all of this without you - my clients, my colleagues at Swans Studios, my landlords, my family, my virtual assistants, my little dog, Never, and my really good, professional salon products. Never, best salon dog ever! Never and my mask waiting for our client :) Swans Studios News Last month I was interviewed by my landlords for their series 45 Stories for 45 Years .  It is a good synopsis of my life at Swans and my Covid-19 experience.  Here’s the link for you to enjoy if you wish: https://ebaldc.org/commitment-to-community-that-comes-from-the-heart/ Swans Studios! 💕 Summer Hair Plans Summer is coming and travel is on the horizon.    I have a few trips planned. I encourage you to book ahead to get t
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Vaccination Rollout Phase 2

Hairqueen March News As I began to write this update I hardly knew what to write or where to start because there seems to be something new to share almost everyday! First, we are almost at the one year mark of our first COVID-19 shut-down and secondly , we are in the midst of the vaccine rollout.   The salon industry and all personal care services are currently in the “other” category listed on MyTurn and other vaccine sites.   For most of the personal care industry that means having to wait weeks or possibly months for a vaccine.   Although, with the recent introduction of the Johnson and Johnson vaccine hopefully appointments will be made available for the personal care industry soon. In the meantime I have contacted the Alameda County Health Department, MyTurn, and my doctor to advocate for the Personal Care Industry to be included in the COVID-19 Vaccination Rollout Plan.   We would like to be included along with bars and restaurants which are eligible to receive the vaccine at

Special Opening Announcement

Hairqueen Update: Dear Clients and Friends, California Salons re-open as of Tuesday, January, 26, 2021.   It seemed that we were in for at least another few weeks or more of the on-going December 7, 2020 shut down, then overnight we got the word to re-open. I have reopened my appointment book and all upcoming reservations are valid .   If you do not have an upcoming appointment please contact me so I can find you a time. As before the Covid-19 protocols will remain in place: Masks - please wear a mask that does not have loop ear pulls and does not cover more that your nose and mouth.  If you do not have a simple mask I can provide one for you.  When the mask covers across  all of the lower face it is harder to see you. Arriving - please call or text when you arrive, (the lobby will remain closed), be prepared to receive a temperature check and to sanitize your hands upon arrival. Contact - in order to minimize contact haircut clients, please arrive with freshly sham

For The Love Of Hair We Will Be Back!

Hair Queen News In California on December 7 2020 another Regional Stay at home order was issued by the State and therefore by the County as well.  As of today, January 9 2021 this order remains in effect. For more information click here:  https://covid19.ca.gov/safer-economy/ And here:  https://acphd.org Being closed again is a real setback for those of us in the salon industry.  We are spending our time filling out grants and PPP applications instead of designing haircuts and applying hair color applications.  We know we are not alone, we are in the good company of restaurants and the arts and so many other industries that are brutally affected as well.  As I receive updates for the salon industry I will post updates so we can get you coiffed once again.  I miss you and I miss being in my studio with you and in Swans Studios with my colleagues.  I am doing everything I can to keep Swans Studios a going concern because it is a great business and it is not time for us to be closed for a

Here We Go Again

Hairqueen News Sitting not standing for now Here we go again, we are in another shut down ordered by the County of Alameda Public Health Department, for more information click here:  https://acphd.org If you have an appointment with me this month I have or I will contact you. We received the news earlier this week and  I needed a day or two to grapple with this latest set back for the salon  industry.   With rising cases and hospitals at risk of being overrun I understand the need for all of us to reduce our footprint and stay home. I appreciate your tremendous patronage and support especially this past year. We will open again in 2021. Stay healthy and safe and care for one another.   To book future appointments, purchase products or gift cards:  https://www.vagaro.com/us02/suzannevanhouten Visit this site again soon and I will be posting some of the before and afters I created during the time that I was re-opened.  Here's a couple of sneak peeks: Before  After This lovely client

Returning To The Salon

Hairqueen News Returning to the Salon It can be nerve racking to return to the salon, you want to feel safe as you get your haircut and or colored.  I want you to feel safe and we are all in this together.   And as I post this  Alameda County is moving back into the purple tier on 11/18/20, salons will remain open with the restrictions listed below. These are the Covid-19 guidelines for Salons from the Alameda Public County Health Department Website, updated on October 7 2020. Implement safety measures for clients, including: 3.3.1. Clients must wear face coverings that attach with ear-loops in order to avoid interfering with services. 3.3.2. Provide a clean smock or cape for each client. 3.3.3. If appropriate for the service, ask clients to come to their appointments with freshly cleaned hair to minimize appointment time. 3.3.4. Consider temporarily eliminating services that require lengthy time of blow-drying. 3.3.5. Hair and barber service providers must not see multiple

Swans Studios Is Open Again!

PPE Ready And Good To Go Open At Last Dear Clients and Friends, You are on my mind as I navigate returning to my business after being closed for  six months. It is a lot to process. Every week for the past 24 weeks I have paid attention to what I can do in order to be prepared to reopen, to advocate for reopening, to apply for funding to keep Swans Studios solvent and to do my best to keep you informed. Now I am open. Please know I am doing what I can to accommodate you.   Please be patient.   This is a new normal and we will get through this together. In order to have the best practices for health and safety here is what you may expect going forward. Please text 510-545-2955 when you arrive and I will let you know when you can come in Our lobby is closed  Please wear a mask Please be prepared for a temperature check and to sanitize you hands upon arrival Please be prepared to review your signed waiver Only bring with you the bare minimum or what you cannot leav