How Black Salons Are Coping With COVID-19

Andrew M. Santos
Photo credit: MIRANDA BARNES
Photo credit: MIRANDA BARNES

From ELLE

The natural instinct is to hug. But Shirley Paul, a salon regular in her forties, offers her stylist, Ursula Stephen, a hesitant elbow bump instead. “It’s my COVID hug,” Stephen says through a protective mask bearing her initials, “US,” of the now socially acceptable greeting. “I miss hugging people,” Paul says. It’s mid-June, and three months have passed since Ursula Stephen The Salon, a seven-year-old beauty mecca located in Fort Greene, Brooklyn, was last open. Stephen—best known as the celebrity stylist to Rihanna, Zendaya, and Serena—suspended business on March 21, when most of New York City was ordered to stay at home, save for essential workers. What qualifies as “essential” is something Stephen has thought a lot about since then. “The one thing white girls were stressed about was mostly their hair color,” she says. “Well, a brown girl, we need everything.

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Beauty salons criticise government’s ‘sexist’ reopening guidelines

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From Saturday 15 Aguust, beauty salons in England are allowed to offer customers close-contact services such as eyebrow threading and facials. But they were previously forced to delay reopening fully, after Boris Johnson postponed lifting lockdown restrictions further due to a rise in Covid-19 infections.

Salons were initially permitted to reopen, along with tattoo parlours, tanning shops, and nail bars, partially on 13 July and were meant to reopen fully on 1 August to allow treatments involving the face. However, this was delayed to the increase in coronavirus cases in the north of England.

Salons were told that facial treatments were still too dangerous due to the increased risk of spreading Covid-19 between workers and customers. This is because splashes and droplets from the nose and mouth could be easily transmitted from one person to another. Although workers understood the science, they criticised the details of the plan

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The 3 best hair salons in Cleveland

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<p>West Park Beauty Salon | Photo: Lauren S./<a href="https://www.yelp.com/biz_photos/west-park-beauty-salon-cleveland-2?select=khKyIycf-OgMRpDnttJd8A&utm_campaign=16a37063-f69f-4318-8c30-c65a9f57f55a%2C49b91b62-ec47-44e9-96d5-6f0945a3a760&utm_medium=81024472-a80c-4266-a0e5-a3bf8775daa7" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:Yelp" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">Yelp</a></p>

West Park Beauty Salon | Photo: Lauren S./Yelp

Looking to check out the top hair salons around?

Hoodline crunched the numbers to find the top hair salons in Cleveland, using both Yelp data and our own secret sauce to produce a ranked list of the best spots to venture next time you’re in the market for hair salons.

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1. Tres Chic

First on the list is Tres Chic. Located at 1211 St. Clair Ave. NE, Suite 125 downtown, the hair salon, nail salon and hair removal spot is the highest-rated hair salon in Cleveland, boasting five stars out of 33 reviews on Yelp.

2. Architexture

Next up is Detroit Shoreway’s Architexture, situated at 4126 Lorain Ave. With 4.5 stars out of 25

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Explore 3 top affordable hair salons in Tampa

Andrew M. Santos
<p>Photo: Davis Islands Beauty Salon & Spa/<a href="https://www.yelp.com/biz_photos/davis-islands-threading-and-hair-salon-tampa?select=7N7nYM3g9UPnHrwZqOXlXw&utm_campaign=291eb2e2-7058-4274-b828-1af2b43e8e28%2C97a49652-f716-4d27-bb08-6297329d49cb&utm_medium=81024472-a80c-4266-a0e5-a3bf8775daa7" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:Yelp" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">Yelp</a></p>

Photo: Davis Islands Beauty Salon & Spa/Yelp

Looking to try the top hair salons around?

Hoodline crunched the numbers to find the best affordable hair salons in Tampa, using both Yelp data and our own secret sauce to produce a ranked list of where to meet your needs.

1. Davis Islands Beauty Salon & Spa

Topping the list is Davis Islands Beauty Salon & Spa. Located at 215 E. Davis Blvd. in Davis Island, the full service beauty parlor is the highest-rated affordable hair salon in Tampa, boasting 4.5 stars out of 43 reviews on Yelp. In addition to hair services, the salon’s licensed estheticians offer waxing, threading and other body grooming services as well as professional makeup applications.

2. Ultracuts

Next up is West Meadows’s Ultracuts, situated at 17516 Preserve Walk Lane. The affordable spot offers haircuts and styling services for men, women and children, including

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