Metro Detroit salon owners prep for reopening with added safety precautions

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Posted at 12:38 PM, Jun 07, 2020
and last updated 2020-06-11 18:46:14-04

(WXYZ) — Bars and restaurants will be able to open starting Monday. And on June 15, employees at spas and salons will be back at work.

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One salon owner says she will be ready to open doors on June 15, but there will be new policies and practices to keep in mind.

"I've gotten a lot of, 'I miss you. I cannot wait for you to be open. I cannot wait to see you,'" said Cara Hiddings with Beauty Collective.

Hiddings' clients are excited to get back into a salon chair. She owns Beauty Collective, two locations in Birmingham including the one on Eton Street, and another salon in Utica.

She has been spending these last few weeks getting ready to open when the state gives the green light.

Hiddings secured personal protection equipment (PPE) for her employees. She spent time spacing out work stations in between stylists and will be using wall guards in shampoo areas to maintain the distance.

Clients will have to wait in their car instead of the lobby.

And when they are getting their hair dyed or any other treatment that requires time they won't have to wait in the salon chair.

"When they process, we will have outdoor seating, spaced, so they don't have to stay in the building if they don't feel comfortable," Hiddings said. "They can sit outside if it is nice, if they are comfortable sitting in their car, they can sit in their car."

Masks will be required for all employees and customers. There will be temperature checks and health questionnaires to fill out.

Hiddings said she expects these new protocols to be in place at least into the fall.

"Now, my phone is nonstop," she said. "They are ready to get in. they are booking their appointments."

And even though some salons have welcomed walk-ins in the past, it is best to call ahead. Especially because some places might not be ready to open on June 15.

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