Some of my most important relationships are with my nail technician, my eyebrow waxer, and my hair stylist. I have been getting an acrylic fill nearly every month since 2017. I have a long-standing monthly appointment to get my eyebrows waxed. And every six months, like clockwork, I have an appointment to get my hair cut. These small rituals are a part of my self-care routine—when I know I look my best, I feel my best!
But as more and more cities and states invoke safer-at-home policies, salons, estheticians, barbers, and a host of other beauty-related businesses have been deemed nonessential and, therefore, must close for the duration of the order. And before you think of making a house call (which I admit in my most desperate nail time I actually considered), know that this is also in violation of many states’ stay-at-home orders. Many of these technicians and artists are now out of work and are unsure of where their income is coming from next.
So, how can we all support these important beauty professionals in our lives? I have some tips for you!
Some of my most important relationships are with my nail technician, my eyebrow waxer, and my hair stylist. Many of these technicians and artists are now out of work and are unsure of where their income is coming from next.
Spread the word on social media
Many beauty professionals are turning to social media to help fill in the gaps of their income. I’ve seen videos of stylists doing live tutorials on how to cut bangs at home, nail techs giving step-by-step instructions on how to remove your gel polish, and estheticians doing Q&A sessions for their clients.
One of the easiest (and no $$$ needed) ways to help support the beauty professionals in your life is by sharing, liking, and commenting on their work and websites on your social media channels. It’s free, and sometimes professionals are able to make money via sponsored posts. Also, it sets people up to have a whole new roster of clients once things start to open back up.
Venmo and Cashapp are your friends (and theirs, too)
If you’re in a financially stable situation and can afford the expense, it’s a really nice gesture to Venmo your stylist or tech the money you would have spent on your nails, hair, etc. My nail salon sent out an email with all of the technicians’ Venmo usernames, and if any clients are interested in donating directly to their favorite artist, they can do so. It’s a great way to know that your money is going directly into the hands of the people who need it the most.
Buy gift cards for friends and family (and yourself, of course)
Another way to support your favorite salons and their employees is by buying gift cards or certificates for your friends, family, and yourself to use when things are allowed to open back up. I guarantee almost everyone in your life will appreciate the gesture and also have something really fun to look forward to. Plus, you’re supporting your favorite places so they in turn can support their staff and workers.
Almost everyone in your life will appreciate the gesture and also have something really fun to look forward to. Plus, you’re supporting your favorite places.
Push for change on a federal level
If you or a beauty professional in your life is facing financial hardship due to COVID-19, one of the ways you can fight for change is to sign the petition for the Families First Coronavirus Response Act. This bill includes a provision that provides financial support for independent contractors and self-employed people during this time for unemployment and loss of income. It takes about one minute from start to finish to sign the petition, and best of all, it’s free.