INDIANAPOLIS (WTHR) — After more than two months of being closed down because of COVID-19, Candis Taylor is ready to open the doors of her Marion County hair salon when restrictions are lifted Monday.
“I feel like the first day of school,” Taylor said laughing.
“I only took about half of the people I would normally take and that’s just so we can get in here and get a feel for everything first. We didn’t want to kind of rush into it,” Taylor explained, adding she had just opened her new salon on East Michigan Street this past December, when after only three months, the corona virus hit and business came to an abrupt halt.
“Thankfully, I had just a very little bit of savings to be able to rely upon. A lot of my colleagues, that’s not the case for everybody,” Taylor said.
She applied for PPP loans, but still hasn’t heard back.
“I’m very excited to get back to work and get some money circulating again,” Taylor said.
Requirements for re-opening include only working by appointments. Salon employees and customers must wear masks, along with proper social distancing between work stations.
While salons in Marion County are set to open next week, other salons in surrounding counties have been at it for a few weeks. Salon owners say working with COVID-19 restrictions has its challenges.
“The sanitizing in between, it’s been a struggle to even find products to sanitize with, so we have made some of our own with recipes from Pinterest,” said Shawna Martin-Brown, the owner of Shawna’s Parlor Hair Boutique.
That’s what Martin-Brown has had to do since re-opening her Fortville salon, all while trying to get her clients back on the books.
“Thankfully, everybody’s pretty understanding and is working well with us,” she said.
Martin-Brown’s advice for salons about to re-open in Indianapolis is to take it one day at a time.
“You still have to stay healthy and protect yourself from the virus and get enough sleep so that you can do your best for the people that are on your book for that day,” she said.
Taylor is ready and waiting to see her clients again.
“They’re excited and I’m super excited to be able to get with them. I feel like I have like, I don’t know, 50 first dates,” Taylor said.