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Mass cancellations, shifted appointments;B.C's beauty industry takes a hit over COVID-19

Last Updated Mar 18, 2020 at 10:48 pm PDT

Summary

Many businesses are struggling in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic and the beauty is not exempt

While some salons are opting to stay shut, others are cramming in customers

NEW WESTMINSTER (NEWS 1130) – It’s arguably one of the most hands-on professions – the beauty industry.

Staff at New Westminster’s bombshell salon have been frantically calling hundreds of customers to let them know that as of Thursday, they will be closing their doors until at least the end of the month.

Hair stylist Jennifer Marie says customers have been understanding about the mass cancellations.

“Everyone’s been really understanding so far. really thorough saying like, yeah, I kind of knew that you were going to call me eventually,” she says.

While she has been taking all the measures she can to sanitize her workstation, Marie recognizes there’s only so much you can do when it’s part of your everyday job to have to treat people’s hair.

“So everything gets submerged for 10 minutes removed, rinsed and then allowed to dry and put back we have a spray disinfectant for anything that can’t be submersed,” she explains. “Things that are placed on my workspace get put into the wash and are dried out.”

However, not all hair salons are closing.

Sheri Naseri is the owner of Crave Hair Salon, she says appointments are still being taken.

“Quite a few people are canceling. But we’re kind of just taking it day by day,” she says. “And then we are open a few days next week and just kind of squishing people in.”

Spa Utopia has announced it will temporarily close all of its locations, which are based in Langley Vancouver and North Vancouver.

Meanwhile, nail salons are also being hit by the pandemic, but many are opting to remain open.