Wisconsin salons staying busy after reopening for appointments

Alejandra Palacios
Updated: May 19, 2020 06:23 PM

Wisconsin salons have reopened after being closed for almost two months. They are following new guidelines to keep staff and customers safe.


"I am getting my hair done. It has been almost three months since I've had it done," said Sherry Nord, a Superior resident. Nord was getting her hair done at Utopia Salon.

Many customers are happy to be back at their favorite salons again and salon owners are just as happy to see clients in their salon again but have very busy schedules right now.

"We had probably 150 phone calls trying to get in and we are already booked. I hired a receptionist to help us out," said Barb Fitch, the owner of Hair Tactics Salon.

"We're a little bit bombarded with people from Duluth and Superior. It's hard to say no to people that you know need to get in but we're trying to catch up here," said Marie Chavez, the owner of Utopia Salon.

Utopia Salon reopened last Thursday to clients. They are taking extra time to sanitize everything after each appointment.  Chavez said this isn't new to her though.

"We always do clean and sanitize so it is just a little extra. We've been working on like 15 minutes after each appointment to do all the sanitizing," said Chavez.

Clients and staff are wearing face masks and are asked to wash their hands when they come in. Staff are also taking temperatures and marked the floor with tape to keep clients six feet apart.

"I started probably about a month after they shut us down acquiring this stuff before it became so overwhelming to get gloves. I did buy face shields for us girls to wear for when we do eyebrow wax," said Fitch.

"It feels good to be back and they're doing an awesome job being safe and keeping it clean and stuff," said Nord.

"It's not just about looking good. It's about feeling good for us so we were so happy and anxious to get everybody in," said Chavez.

COVID-19 has given clients a deeper appreciation for salon services after many residents have been forced to wait to get a much-needed hair cut.

"I appreciate what they do for us because it helps us not just look better but feel better about ourselves," said Nord.

Salons are not taking walk-ins at this time. Those in need of a haircut must call and book an appointment. They ask clients to wait outside while they sanitize everything.

Salon owners are happy to be back in business and say the new guidelines will be an adjustment for everyone but are very important.

"It's a good feeling I feel like a weight has been off my shoulder and everything is gonna run smoothly and we'll be all back to normal in a month," said Fitch. "I am so happy. I am going to put in the time to get in and try and make everybody as happy as I can and get them in as fast as I can."


Alejandra Palacios

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