By Dr. Linda Amerson
The beauty/barber industry is one of the service industries impacted financially by the COVID-19. Although the “shelter in place” order is in effect, everyone is not being compliant. Some Mobile beauty/barber services are offered to clients and consumers in their homes. By doing these in-home services, professionals are putting themselves at health risk for COVID-19, as well as a $1,000 fine per reported complaint. Is it worth it?
A wake-up call!
Four barbers died, between March-April, due to COVID-19.
• Jaime Andrews, Dohboy Fresh Kutts, Baton Rouge, LA.
• Eugene Thompson, Taper Nation & Taper Nation 2 Barbershops in Brookhaven, MS.
• Roger Eckhart, a firefighter and barber, Barber at Big 4 Barbershop, Jeffersonville, IND.
• Celebrity hairstylist/makeup Artist Charles Gregory Ross, based in Atlanta, launched “The Renowned Wig Collection” in 2019.
One reported recovery case of COVID-19, is female hairstylist, Nicole Walden-Hooks, New Jersey. Other beauty industry professionals shared feedback. A Certified Trichologist in Alabama said, “I am high risk with diabetes, so I will not take any chances with mobile services. My health comes first.” Another Salon Owner in San Antonio said, “I thought about it, but I have a 7-year-old son. I did not want to take any chances to bring the virus home to my son.”
A Beaumont barbershop owner said, “I did it for a short time, cutting hair in client’s homes after my shop was closed. Then I stopped…me and my family’s health is more important.” Dr. Tariq Madyun, Board Certified Trichologist in Alabama said, “It is a serious health risk. Are professionals taking the temperature of their clients? Some professionals are taking the risk unfortunately.”
A Fort Lauderdale salon owner said, “I do not do it, and people who go to a clients home, really do not know how clean or sanitized it is. Mobile professionals need to make money to survive, we all do, but for their health, it’s not worth it.” During this health and financial crisis, Mobile Grooming Services should be temporarily stopped. This too shall pass.
Dr. Linda Amerson, Board Certified Trichologist, LA’s Hair & Scalp Clinic, Arlington, TX 76013 817 265 8854. Hairandscalpessentials.com #ScalpDoctor