Hair salons and barbershops reopen with safeguards in place

Posted at 2:09 PM, May 25, 2020

LEXINGTON, Ky. (LEX 18) — Monday was an exciting day for many across Kentucky as hair salons and barbershops opened their doors for the first time in months.

At Lux Hair Bar in Lexington there are a number of precautions in place to keep people safe.

“It was a little scary thinking about coming back with all of the unknowns and what not but it feels pretty good,” said Lux Hair Bar Owner Nikki Paley.

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Lux Hair Salon is among the hair salons that opened back up on May 25.

Lux Hair Bar salon owners Justin Vaughn-Greer and Nikki Paley say it’s been a long 71 days without their clients. Back in March they decided to close even before the governor ordered it because they wanted to be extra careful.

“We’re in the touch industry. We get to touch people every single day and that was hard not having that human interaction that we’re used to,” said Vaughn-Greer.

“It was horrible. I don’t think I’ve had enough hair to put in a ponytail for probably 10 or 15 years, and I was finally there,” said Lux Hair Bar customer Dawn Scott.

The quarantine was also tough on customers like Dawn Scott, who says she struggled to maintain her short hairstyle. Everyone at Lux was ready to get back to business on Monday, with some changes in place. They’re limiting the number of staff working at one time, wearing masks, checking temperatures upon arrival and asking people to wait in their cars if possible. The salon also isn’t offering any blow dries temporarily because they don’t want to risk scattering germs into the air.

“We want just want to make sure that we’re doing everything in our power to make sure that our team and guests are safe. Well always, but especially during this time,” said Vaughn-Greer.

“Lots of great spacing between clients. I feel really comfortable,” said Scott.

A lot of salons across the area are reporting that they are booked for weeks. For more information on Lux Hair Bar you can check out their website or Facebook page.