I write about hair and business and the business of hair from both sides of the chair. I am a veteran salon owner, master hair stylist, colorist and educator. I am Vidal Sassoon Certified and Framesi Hair Color Certified. I love to do hair, I believe in education and a superior work, life balance. Every day in the salon and in business is a new day full of creativity, opportunity and growth.
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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.
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 In
Dear Clients and Friends, Please help. In Alameda County my industry has been extremely hard hit by Covid-19. On Monday June 29 I spoke with both the Alameda County Public Health Department, ACPHD and the Profe ssional Beauty Association, PBA . Both of these organizations confirmed the complex challenges that hairstylists, barbers, manicurists and estheticians are facing as we approach four months of being closed. Technicians want and need to work, clients want and need services. It is no surprise that the underground, back yard, secret salon services exist and are increasing in numbers. Most salon owners and technicians, including myself, refuse to participate in the aforementioned scenario, however, we do understand the necessity for some of making money during a time like this. Sadly many technicians do not have resources or documentation to qualify for resources. Also many salons operated on an extremely small profit margin at best. How can you help? Please contact the AC
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 i t 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 wi