DIY disasters: Hairstylists deal with pandemic mistakes as more salons reopen

Hairstylist cutting hair
By , WBBM Newsradio 780 AM & 105.9 FM

Hairstylists are coming to the rescue to fix DIY disasters as people make their way back to salons after a year at home due to COVID-19.

Katy Skinner, the manager at Twisted Scissors in Chicago, told WBBM Newsradio they’ve been busy with appointments to undo those “oops” decisions made while staying at home this past year.

“We have the classic ‘I tried to do my own root touch up that does not match at all’, we’ve seen some really fun at-home kitchen haircuts that are wildly uneven and then there’s so many TikTok trends now of people trying to cut their own hair and color their own hair, so we’ve certainly seen our fair share of disasters,” said Skinner.

“We have been completely swamped with phone calls and online bookings, our waitlist is off the charts right now,” Skinner said. “We have all of our regular clients returning, but we also have a lot of new clients coming in.”

It’s a welcome change after beauty salons were shuttered for several months during the pandemic.

Part of the new influx is from clients feeling more comfortable now that they’re vaccinated against COVID-19.

“Half of the calls I take during a regular business day now, are all of these clients saying, ‘I’m fully vaccinated now and I’m so ready to come back, my hair looks insane, I need your help,’” Skinner said.

Chicago hair salons are still operating at 50 percent capacity limits, but hairstylists expect those restrictions to ease as more and more residents get vaccinated.

“We’re so grateful to be back in full swing with the limited amount of staff we have right now and the limited amount of people we can have within our salons, but we’re just so happy to be back at it and we can’t wait to be able to have more people on staff and be able to service more clients," Skinner said.

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