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Boca’s hair, nail salons reopen busily and gradually

Hair and nails are back. But like retail and restaurants, gradually under the governor’s phase 1 reopening effective Monday.

Nail Depot downtown was so busy, owner Jeff Friedman never even ate his breakfast. And Everything Hair was nearly booked two weeks out.

Studio 10 Boca Raton was busy yesterday, too. “A lot of clients coming in, but it’s hectic with new protocols,” the receptionist said.

Moda Salon at Regency Court “did very well, did color and a lot of booking, but some will wait and see how everything else goes,” said Sheila Baris, salon coordinator. Blow to Paris blow dry and nail salon will open Friday with 9:30 a.m. to 5:30 hours, the shop reported.

Grammercy Salon is open normal hours with three stylists and longer times slotted for appointment, the shop reported. There was still no answer or voicemail citing closures at several shops on Monday.

All the open shops reported making the switch to mandated CDC guidelines under reopening orders for barber, hair and nail salons.

“It’s very safe to come here,” said Nail Depot owner Jeff Friedman. He cited masks required for techs and customers, sneeze guards at each table, all instruments sterilized. “We bought a state-of-the-art air purification system,” he said.

Here’s what your salon has to do under state guidelines: Effective May 11, 2020, the following restrictions are mandatory for barbershops, cosmetology salons, and cosmetology specialty salons:

  • All customers by appointment only.
  • Allow at least 15 minutes between the conclusion of an appointment and the beginning of next appointment for proper disinfecting practices.
  • No group appointments permitted.
  • Masks must be worn by all employees while performing personal services.
  • Thoroughly clean and disinfect prior to reopening.
  • Make sure to disinfect all surfaces, tools and linens, even if they were cleaned before you originally closed. This type of cleaning should continue between each day of operation.
  • Consider providing unworn masks to clients for use during their appointment.
  • Remove all unnecessary, frequently touched items like magazines, newspapers, service menus and any other unnecessary paper products and décor from customer service areas.

By Marci Shatzman

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