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Reopening News

Dear Clients and Friends,
You may have heard Governor Gavin Newson is allowing salons to operate outside. (If not, you can read the news story here). 
I have grappled with how to respond to this.
It is a step in the right direction.  Yet it is complicated to implement to ensure the best results of health, security and safety for all.
Myself and many others in my industry are not in favor of this idea.
Why are we not in favor?We are licensed professionals and must pass the sanitation portion of our State Board in order to be licensed.We have invested in the appropriate Covid-19 PPE in order to open safely.Working outside is unpredictable at best, given locations, security, weather and more.This guideline only allows haircuts, no shampooing, no hair color or blow drying.
Following the news I was at my wits end, angry and fed up.
I am ready to open, you need a haircut.  I needed a minute and now I am back to doing what I can to advocate for the Professional Salon Industry.  I will be attending …

Hair Raising Times

Dear Clients and Friends,
I have not been busy with hair or coaching.
I have been busy advocating for the beauty industry in Alameda County by:Calling the Covid Recovery LineEmailing the Covid Recovery DepartmentProtesting outside the Alameda County Public Health Department Offices Calling KQED (listen here to the show- I call in at the 44:10 mark)Reaching out to industry friendsKeeping in touch with clientsRemembering to breathe

I thank you profusely for your generous support.
I know many of you have called and emailed as well.If you would like to advocate once more on our behalf here is the information:
Covid Recovery Email - covidrecovery@acgov.orgCovid Recovery Phone Number - 510-268-2101 #2
Let the Alameda Public Health Department know that you trust - The salon industries ability to open in a safe and sanitary mannerAsk that they give Alameda County Salons the same opening plan as neighboring countiesThat you need a haircut!
There are days and times that I can hardly believe that it is…

Update: Special Appeal to My Clients and Friends

Dear Clients and Friends,Once again we appeal to you for help!Update:  Myself and Diane Zelaya, my colleague at Swans Studios spoke with a contact at the Alameda County Public Health Department, ACPHD  to request consideration for our own criteria for Salons and Barber Shops; or to be considered as part of phase three or four of the Alameda County re-opening plan.We have the California Cosmetology Association working with us on getting the word out to the Association Industry Members.How can you help?Contact the ACPHD via phone and or email and request that they allow Cosmetologists and Barbers to return to work. Here are some bullet points to share with the ACPHD.The Beauty Industry asks for our own criteria or to be considered the same as businesses in phases three and four, a phase that includes personal services. The Beauty Industry is currently in Phase Five, (In door Dining, Pro Sports without fans and pools.)  This category does not reflect our profession.The Beauty Industry sh…