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The Shears are Clipping Again at Mississippi Beauty Salons

The Shears are Clipping Again at Mississippi Beauty Salons

As most moms can attest, visiting a hair salon for a cut, color, or other service can be a real mood-lifter. For many moms, doing without such simple pleasures has been a difficult part of the Covid-19 social distancing.

For both moms and dads, the recent reopening of salons and barber shops across Mississippi has come as a breath of fresh air to those whose color has faded and ends need a good clipping.

“Looking good makes you feel better, and feeling beautiful brings confidence,” explained stylist Marcy O’Bannon of All About You Hair and Facials in the coast city of Pass Christian. She runs a “one-person spa” and provides hair and facial services.

Last week, Governor Tate Reeves began to ease restrictions that prohibited functioning of salons and barber shops. Some health safeguards are in place, but salons across the state are as eager to get back to business as people are eager to touch up roots or get a new “do.”

Current restrictions designed to lessen transmission of Coronavirus include measures such as requiring salon chairs to be six feet apart; wearing of surgical masks or other appropriate face coverings; and a requirement that customers wait outside the building or in their cars until it is their turn to receive services.

The imperative to be extra careful amidst the Coronavirus pandemic is not lost on stylists such as O’Bannon.

“I have a UV sterilization purifier that runs all day,” she said. “I have a Barbicide certificate displayed. I also have a UV sterilizer for my shears and combs. I want my clients to feel safe from any virus or bacteria while being pampered in my shop.”

For more information on the reopening of salons and barber shops in Mississippi, check out this Associated Press article that appeared recently at U.S. News and World Report: https://www.usnews.com/news/best-states/mississippi/articles/2020-05-11/mississippi-hair-styling-restarts-with-virus-safety-rules

About The Author

Kara Bachman

Kara Bachman is a Managing Editor for Parents & Kids. She's also a book editor, former newspaper reporter, and is author of the humor essay collection, "Kissing the Crisis," which deals with the zanier aspects of parenting, relationships and turning 40. She's read her work on NPR radio and over 1,500 items have appeared in dozens of literary and commercial publications, including The Writer, The Erma Bombeck Writers' Workshop, the New Orleans Times-Picayune and Nola.com, Dogster, Mississippi Magazine, American Fitness and many more. She's a New Orleans native, but lived for over a dozen years on the Mississippi Gulf Coast, including during 2005 when her house was flooded by Hurricane Katrina. She's a mom to two teenagers.

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