The hairstylists, makeup artists, nail artists, and other beauty pros behind the glam of our fave celebs and our everyday beauty looks are getting hit hard by the coronavirus (COVID-19).
Not only are salons and spas shutting down, so have most television and media productions, brand launches, and other industry events that keep them working. And, unlike most workers, the majority are self-employed and don’t have access to paid time off and are still responsible for paying for their insurance out of pocket. They also won’t be receiving one of those so-called stimulus checks.
So, we’ve pulled together a list of links and resources from the industry that may be able to offer up some help to our beauty pros that we love to celebrate and get expert advice from for our go-to looks.
Centers For Disease And Control
This is the number one place to learn about further impacts, spread, and response to the virus. Here is a link to general guidance for businesses and employers.
PBA Covid-19 Relief Fund
The Professional Beauty Association the top resource for licensed beauty professionals. The organization has also launched a COVID-19 Relief Fund to provide $500 to help support licensed beauty professionals who have not been able to work or are experiencing financial hardships due to the COVID-19 outbreak. Those participating in individual or salon-based fundraisers for COVID-19 relief (i.e. a GoFundMe for your salon) are not eligible to apply.
Website: APPLY HERE.
SBA Disaster Assistance Loans & Economic Injury Disaster Loan Program
The U.S. Small Business Administration is now offering small businesses impacted by COVID-19 up to $2M in low-interest federal disaster loans. applications can be completed online via Disaster Assistance Loans.
There is also an Economic Injury Disaster Loan Program, which according to Forbes, will provide up to $10K in forgivable loans.
SheaMoisture Community Commerce Fund
The haircare brand is now accepting applications for its $1M providing cash grants and access to minority-owned businesses, women of color-owned businesses, and eLabs to help businesses impacted by the coronavirus.
United Way 2-1-1
This a free service that can help connect you to local resources like housing and utility assistance, healthcare, and emergency information and disaster relief.
If you are employed by a salon (versus renting a chair), you can apply for unemployment assistance via your local state agency. Most will allow you to apply online or by phone. Click here to find local agency contact for your state.
Facebook Small Business Grants Program
Facebook is offering up to $100M in cash grants and ad credits for up to 30,000 small businesses in select cities affected by COVID-19. The funds will assist with rent and operational costs, along with help keep businesses connected with their workforce and customers.
FEMA Disaster Unemployment Assistance
If you are self-employed and no longer able to work because of the coronavirus outbreak, you can apply for disaster assistance. You must first apply for regular unemployment benefits. Click here to find local agency contact for your state.
Two Months FREE Internet Access
Comcast and Spectrum both offer discounted Internet service for $9.95/month plus tax (less than $20 total). The offer is available to low-income households that are on some form of public assistance program, like the National School Lunch Program, housing assistance, Medicaid, SNAP, and SSI.
Comcast is also offering new eligible applicants two free months service if they apply by April 30.A
And, if you have children in school (K–12 or college), Spectrum is also offering two free months of service.
Comcast Internet Essentials: www.internetessentials.com/covid19
Spectrum: Call 1.844.488.8395
Spectrum Internet Assist: www.spectrum.com/browse/content/spectrum-internet-assist
Defer Federal Student Loan Payments
Got student loans? You can apply to suspend payments for up to six months. Contact your provider (like Navient, Nelnet, FedLoan Servicing or Great Lakes) to request the suspension. If you are already over a month behind, it will automatically be suspended.
Defer Mortgage Payments For The Year
Fannie Mae, Freddie Mac, and other lenders have been directed to help you reduce or completely pause payments for up to 12 months without fear of foreclosure. But don’t just stop paying! Call your lender to work out the details.
**This list will be updated daily as more resource information becomes available.**