Hair & Nail Salons Shut Down Across The Country

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Photo Credit: Lisa Romerein

This article was originally published on March 20 and updated on March 28.

In the now-viral words of Cardi B, “sh*t is getting real.” Retailers have been temporarily shutting down all across the country and now our hairstylists and barbers, who have managed to hold on, are now being mandated to do the same.

[SEE ALSO: 10 Hair Do’s & Don’ts While Self Isolating]


As of March 28, government officials have enacted retail closures in all but one state (South Dakota). More than two dozen states and dozens of counties have also enacted stay-at-home regulations for non-essential businesses.

New York and Illinois closed those businesses a week ago, joining a growing list of statewide closures of all barbershops and hair and nail salons, along with tattoo and body piercing parlors and other “non-essential” businesses.

Earlier in the week, Nevada shut down salons, along with California, Minnesota, Ohio, and Pennsylvania. Sources say to expect more (if not all) to follow suit in the coming days.

The temporary closures are slated to last anywhere from April 3 to April 19, or longer, depending on the state.

Ten states, however, still haven’t closed down non-essential businesses (including Arizona, Arkansas, North Dakota, South Dakota, and Wyoming.)

In addition, stylists, barbers, and beauty techs are still scheduling on-demand beauty services and housecalls. If you are hell-bent on getting your hair braided, cut or processed (we can’t stop you), please make sure you are both following the basic safety guidelines — and, be prepared to quarantine yourself afterward. And stylists, be prepared to get fined or lose your license if you get caught. (Yes, it’s that serious.)

In the meantime, for those of us are now left to care for our own tresses, here are some basic hair do’s and don’ts while self-isolating.

CLICK HERE for a list of state-by-state closures and mandates via the International Council of Shopping Centers.

About The Author

Stephenetta (isis) Harmon

Stephenetta (isis) Harmon serves as digital media director for Hype Hair and founder/Black beauty directory for Sadiaa Black Beauty guide, the premier directory Black-owned beauty brands.