MCALLEN, Texas – It was a busy weekend for beauty salons and barbershops as they were allowed to reopen on Friday.
“Starting from Tuesday, once we got an announcement that we were going to [be able] to open on Friday, my phone was [ringing] non-stop,” said Juan Carlos Guerrero, owner of Straight Razor Barbershop in McAllen.
“It has been really great, I think the community was ready for us to open,” said Edna Posada, co-owner of Spa La Posada.
Spa La Posada offers various services for hair, nails and even waxing. To accommodate clients, they extended their hours and opened for the first time on Mother’s Day as they’re usually closed on Sundays.
Alexandria Posada, co-owner of Spa La Posada said they also implemented shorter services.
“Color retouches, haircuts for women, things that don’t take that long. That way you’re not in here that long,” said Alexandria. “That’s one of the things you know the governor when he released his open plan is to keep the service a little bit more minimal.”
For appointments, Alexandria and Edna adds that they’re using an online booking system.
“We have always left a minimum time frame of sanitation or the clean up process,” said Alexandria. “So, our appointments even if you try to book your next one, it doesn’t get booked until after that allotted clean up time has completed.”
But booking appointments is something Guerrero hardly did prior to the pandemic.
“I did appointments a couple years back and I got away from it because I just enjoy when people are here,” said Guerrero. “[During] walk-ins, I get to meet all kinds of people and basically meet people from everywhere.”
To protect himself and his clients, Guerrero is only taking appointments and scheduling them by the hour giving himself enough time to disinfect the shop
“For instance, when I do get a walk-in, they come and grab the door, I’ll just point at the number that’s on the door so they can give me a call right then and there,” said Guerrero. “I’ll let them know the situation that I’m only doing appointments and I apologize that I’m not doing walk-ins.”
Guerrero is currently the only barber at his shop, which he opened earlier this year. He was in the process of hiring, but put that on hold because of the pandemic.
Edna said they’re not only taking their employees temperatures, but also customers.