Editor’s note: This is second in a series on businesses reopening in Portland
Local beauty salons were allowed to reopen on May 6 with restrictions based on guidelines from the Center for Disease Control (CDC), and the State of Tennessee. Cosmetologists are asked to go beyond the normal hygiene procedures to insure both the safety of their clients and the employees.
There is a limit to the number of people who can be in the salons and each cosmetologist is allowed only one client at a time. All shops in Portland are operating on appointments only, as required. Walk-in service is not offered at this time. Those arriving are asked to wait in their cars and text that they have arrived.
Some salons are taking temperatures of their clients before they advance to the styling station, which are sanitized after each client leaves. Each salon in Portland is abiding by these standards.
Belles & Beaus Hair Salon stylist Amanda Golob said, “We are glad to be back at work. Clients are having to wait as much as a month for an appointment because we are so busy. I feel like our business is essential. I am working 12-hour days each day to get all my people in. We are super glad to be back at work and super thankful for our customers for waiting.”
Belles & Beaus Hair Salon is located in Strawberry Station on Main Street, and has six hair stylists. The salon is owned by Ashley Creighton.
Studio 180 Hair Salon owner Alicia Woodard said, “All of us at Studio 180 are happy to be back after five weeks of being closed. We know how frustrating it is to have to continue to wait to get your hair done, but we do appreciate everyone’s patience.
“We are working on finding a new stylist to help with the overflow and to help us catch up. Everyone has been so generous with dropping off cleaning supplies, masks, and even donations of money. We are all so grateful to be back to work helping our clients feel beautiful again.”
Studio 180 Hair Salon is located at 503 S. Broadway Street in Portland Village and has six stylists. Woodard has owned the shop for nine years.
The Style House Salon owner Lacey Hammock has rearranged to provide for proper social distancing for the seven stylists who work there. The salon is located 903 South Broadway.
Hammock said, “I am so thankful everyone could get a haircut. Everybody was needing a haircut, and we are super happy to be open.”
Southern Charm Beauty Shop and Boutique owner Susan Key said, “We are super busy and super behind. We can only work in so many in at one time with the restrictions. We have been busy non-stop. Everybody’s excited to get their hair done. We’re just glad to be back at work.”
Southern Charm Beauty Shop and Boutique is located at 306 Highway 52E, and has seven beauticians to serve clients.