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Hairstylists in the Denver metro prepare for 'safer at home' openings that begin Saturday

Posted at 6:47 PM, May 08, 2020
and last updated 2020-05-08 20:47:25-04

DENVER — Saturday is a big day for salons and barber shops across Denver.

The stay-at-home order is expiring and will be replaced by the state's 'safer at home' guidelines. Many businesses will still be required to close, but beauty parlors and personal service shops will be allowed to go back to business — but it will not be business as usual.

"I think it is going to be a lot, much quieter," said Jolene Zinke, owner of Zinke Hair Studio in Denver. The salon, which she co-owns with her daughter, will only be allowed to host ten people at a time. And the regulations do not stop there.

"Once they arrive we will have them come in and we have to do a health screen," explained daughter and co-owner, Megan Robertson. The health screen involves a temperature scan and a questionnaire about the customer's health. After that each customer gets a mask.

But Zinke Hair Studio doesn't stop there. The salon is offering ponchos to each customer as an added layer of protection.

The downside for employees and customers during the "safer at home" phase is a significantly altered experience. For an industry described by the owners as "high touch," it is hard to offer the same level of service.

"We are trying to be creative right now," explained Robertson, saying that offering services will be much more difficult.

But one service they say will be readily available is fixing hair that has not been attended to in months.

"There’s going to be a lot of root touch-ups," said Zinke laughing. "We are hoping there’s not going to be a lot of color correction because we know that some clients have probably gone to the store and bought box color and put it on their hair."

Regardless of the new restrictions, owners say they are excited to open back up and bring a little bit of normalcy back to their businesses.

"It has been a long time coming. We have worked so hard to reopen," said Robertson. "We are so ready"