*The interviewee’s last name is not included for her requested privacy*
Andrea C of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania is one of many hairstylist who are concerned over when they’ll be able to return to their jobs.
On March 13th she was told to not come in to work because of the risk. Since then the salon she’s worked in for several year has not contacted her, nor have they let her know when they plan to reopen.
Staying at home feels familiar to the young stylist. Andrea’s husband is a firefighter in Philadelphia and works long and unpredictable hours.
”I’m staying home, and not working,” said Andrea. “My only income is my husbands.”
Anxious to get back to work, Andrea finds small projects to complete around their home while her husband is at work.
“I had clients contacting me to do their hair in their home but it’s scary to go over someone’s house not knowing they’re practicing quarantining,” shared Andrea. “It’s scary to think about because people could be effect and part of my job is dealing with people one on one.”
Hairdressers make money when they have clients coming in for their service.
Andrea wants everyone to know that people in her field are struggling because they can’t work from home on a computer.
“This industry can’t grow without people supporting people,” explained Andrea.
The stylist shared if you want to help out small businesses and feel comfortable, to go to a licensed cosmetologist that are permitted to work from home.
You can help salons by purchasing gift cards as they provides income for the business since it guarantees a service.
You can also follow Andrea on Instagram @andrea.thestylistt or on YouTube for free quarantine hair and makeup tutorials youtu.be/sE3kVAIQtPM .