A diverse coalition of more than two dozen cosmetology salons, spa and barber shop owners and workers, representing more than 350 facilities across Michigan, today delivered a letter formally requesting Governor Gretchen Whitmer allow them to implement comprehensive health and safety measures and to lift the statewide ban on their services, allowing them to return to safe jobsites.
To ensure the health and safety of workers and their clients, the Safe Salons for MI coalition has developed and finalized with officials from the Michigan Department of Licensing and Regulatory Affairs a reopening plan built on 8 pillars for operating safely. These pillars include detailed requirements and industry best practices in the areas of worker safety, customer safety, social distancing, hygiene, sanitation, PPE use, case monitoring and facility closure.
“Michigan’s licensed cosmetologists, barbers and their team members are capable, ready, and excited to get back to work meeting the needs of our clients,” said Lisa Dennison, a regional director for Michigan Supercuts and Cost Cutters salons located across the state. “Our salons have always met detailed health and safety standards, and we’ve developed a comprehensive plan to go even further to keep everyone who walks through the door healthy. We urge Governor Whitmer to lift her ban on our jobs immediately.”
The plan is robust and the product of collaboration between professionals throughout the industry and state regulators. It is modeled after efforts in 36 other states, including our neighbors in Ohio, that are currently open, operating safety, serving customers and allowing professionals the ability to work more safely open than closed.
Eight specific and comprehensive steps to safely allow workers return to their job sites at barber shops and salons include:
Safely re-opening salons, spas and barber shops is important for the health of workers and state residents also because these services are more safely delivered in regulated environments than in places like the homes and garages of their clients. These environments are unregulated and lack professional sanitation standards and protocols.
“The coalition was grateful for the opportunity to work with state regulators in developing the plan; We now ask the Governor to let us implement it,” said Caileigh Hoff, co-owner of Xclusive Studio in Brighton. “We work safely because the health of our clients and the health of salon, spa and barbershop workers like me are worth the effort. We’re ready to get back to our salons – regulated, sanitary environments – to properly protect ourselves and our clients. We’re ready to get back to work.”
The Safe Salons for Michigan coalition includes the owners and operators of more than 350 facilities across Michigan including the Color Box in Birmingham, Anthem Hair and Health in Highland Park, Amari Salon and Boutique in Saginaw, The Woodhouse Day Spa in Grand Rapids, Bombshell Blow Dry Bar in Holland, DyNfy with locations around Detroit, Matthew Ryan Salon and Spa in Lansing, Broadway Salon Studios in Royal Oak, Embrace Salon and Spa in Marquette, JOJO’s House of Beauty, Inc. in Grand Rapids, Chasing Vanity Salon in Grand Rapids, Citrus Salon in Houghton, Salon 130 in Mason, Bakeman Barbers in Dowagiac, six Seven & Mane Salon locations across Grand Rapids, Vision Growth Partners with 81 locations across Michigan, Minevra’s Salon and Wellness Spa in Brighton, Sola Salon Studios with locations across Michigan, Jude’s Barbershop with 27 locations in Michigan, Tacari Salon in Plymouth, The Living Room Hair Lounge in Ferndale, and My Salon Suite in Detroit.