haircuts in the time of covid.

i was lucky enough to get a haircut in march just before everything shut down, so i didn’t need another one for a while. i generally get a cut every 4-6 months, depending on when i remember to do it or how out of control the mane becomes, so as we approached the 6 month marker i decided to look into how to safely get a trim.

i have been going to the downtown gould’s for a few years now and always like the service and the cuts that i get, so i went to their website first to see what precautions they are taking. they are scanning everyone’s temperatures as they arrive and ask all customers to sanitize their hands upon arrival. only people with appointments are allowed inside, and they are not taking walk-ins. all stylists and customers must wear masks at all times, and stylists wear gloves while they are cutting hair or doing nails. team members are regularly cleaning door handles and credit card readers and other high-traffic touchpoints.

overall i feel good about the experience and was glad to see that gould’s is valuing the safety of their team as well as their customers. it’s likely not something i’ll need to do again this year, but i am happy to say that i never felt unsafe during the experience. it was also the first time i’ve been inside anywhere other than a grocery store or to pick up food from a maciel’s or a kwik chek, so that’s saying a lot.

and, as a bonus, on my way back to my car i ran into a friend from high school with his wife and young kids! they live in tupelo, and i have not seen him in probably 15 years, so that was pretty cool.

have you gotten a haircut or a manicure or anything similar during this time? how did you feel about it?


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