Let’s Call it “Look Better Monday” As Personal Care Businesses Open In New Jersey

Shower curtain dividers, taking customer temperatures on arrival and dispensing hand sanitizer. And of course, everyone wearing masks at all times. That was the drill this morning at Illusions on Valley Road in Upper Montclair, where Baristanet’s own Annette Batson was the salon’s first customer on this first day of reopening for personal care businesses.

Batson, who came for a cut, color and blow dry (90 minutes, $80 plus a generous tip) said the process went smoothly and the salon, which has a retro feel Batson likes, is taking less appointments initially to maintain safety for customers and staff and to get used to the new normal.

Annette, before and after.

Illusions is just one of many area salons gearing up for a busy day today and a whole new world. Hair salons and barber shops have always been places where people feel comfortable, literally letting their hair down and sharing what’s been going on with their stylists.

That will still happen, but a lot has changed. Parlor Hair Studio on Glenridge Ave., posted its safety protocol for clients to read before they come in for their appointment, adding that all staff have been certified in Barbicide sanitation and that at this time, no children under 10 will be served or those who cannot enter the salon alone or keep a mask on.

Limiting the number of people in salons at any given time is paramount. To that end, Raven Hair Color Studio is asking clients to text when they have arrived and wait to be notified when they can enter the salon. Raven is also asking customers to bring their own disposable containers for beverages as they cannot serve tea, coffee or drinks at this time.

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Many salons are not offering blow drying or allowing customers to use blow dry stations at this time. This will cut down on time spent in the salon and help get as many customers in and out safely (because it’s been three months since many of us have had a cut or color –roots!).

Tell us when you are going to the salon and let us know how it was for you. And please — tip everyone well!

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