Hair stylist: Put scissors down during stay-at-home order
With hair salons closed due to Gov. Kate Brown's stay-at-home order, some people might be thinking about chopping off or dyeing their hair.
Erin Wanderscheid, the owner of Twyst Salon in Beaverton, says to drop the scissors. Haircuts don't necessarily cost more once you've done the deed, but a color correction can cost around $300.
"$85 to $95 is a good price per hour for color correction," said Wanderscheid. "We don't like giving flat quotes, because you don't know how long it's going to take to correct some hair easily. … It depends on what products they put on their hair and how massive it is."
What kind of boxed hair dye is safe?
Wanderscheid said darker colors aren't terribly harmful. It's not knowing the ingredients is when people can get in trouble, she said, because people can pick up dyes that won't come out of people's hair.
As for lighter color boxed dyes, the owner advises to steer clear.
"That's really dangerous, especially blonde, because you're most likely going to get an orange or a yellow if you're trying to lift your hair lighter than it is," Wanderscheid said. "It's going to look bad, and that could be damaging to the hair."
Putting a higher peroxide on fragile or light hair can lead to breaking or melting your hair off, she added.
What about pandemic bangs?
"If you mess up your bang trim, that's just a hard grow-out period," Wanderscheid said. "And if it's too short, then we can't make hair grow."
Wanderscheid wants people to know that stylists will be ready to work extra hours to meet demand once salons can open again.
"Please wait for us, because so many of us and all of the ones in my salon are self-employed, and right now, we don't qualify for unemployment," she added.
Twyst Salon also offers microblading and waxing services for eyebrow care. For those of you thinking about picking up the tweezers, Wanderscheid said to tread lightly.
"Unless they're good at shaping their own brows, I would probably just wait," she advised. "If you over-pluck for a long period of time, then a lot of times, your eyebrows never go back. So, if you've been waiting for years, your eyebrows are not coming back."
Wanderscheid said some clients have already texted her about botched hair situations. She expects more to trickle in once COVID-19 allows hair stylists to save people from their stay-at-home boredom.
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