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Need your hair done? Your salon experience will likely be different next time.

As hair salons and barber shops await the governor's green light to reopen, many have already implemented big changes. Here's what you can expect.

HOUSTON — Hair salons are still not open in Texas, but many are making preparations for when they do get the green light.

Many have taken their hair care, including cuts and color, into their own hands, and while some have nailed it, others can’t wait to get back into the salon to have a professional fix their mistakes.

Carri Winegar owns Vita Mutari Salon in Houston and is anxious to open back up. She said her phones have been ringing off the hook.

“We are going to be inundated when we get back,” Winegar said. “So we are ready.”

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Winegar has stayed afloat by getting creative, focusing on product sales and helping clients come up with temporary solutions. She’s also spent a lot of time figuring out how to reopen safely once she’s allowed.

Her salon chairs are six feet apart. She has purchased room dividers to go in between each shampoo bowl. She will provide masks for both her stylists and customers and dental shields for her employees who would like to wear those as well. The coffee bar has been replaced with a UV ray disinfectant machine and she also decided to book fewer customers per day to prevent any overlap. And those changes are just a few in a long list of precautions being taken.  

Other salons and barber shops will likely have similar practices in place. The industry is overseen by the Texas Department of Licensing and Regulation. It will be providing guidelines.

In the meantime, Winegar said whatever her clients have done to their hair at home, she and her stylists will be ready to fix it.

“People are being creative, and they are kind of laughing about some of these at-home situations that have happened, and I know that we can fix those when they are back in our chair.”

Coronavirus symptoms

The symptoms of coronavirus can be similar to the flu or a bad cold. Symptoms include a fever, cough and shortness of breath, according to the Centers for Disease Control. Some patients also have nausea, body aches, headaches and stomach issues. Losing your sense of taste and/or smell can also be an early warning sign.

Most healthy people will have mild symptoms. A study of more than 72,000 patients by the Centers for Disease Control in China showed 80 percent of the cases there were mild.

But infections can cause pneumonia, severe acute respiratory syndrome, kidney failure and even death, according to the World Health Organization. Older people with underlying health conditions are most at risk for becoming seriously ill. However, U.S. experts are seeing a significant number of younger people being hospitalized, including some in ICU.

The CDC believes symptoms may appear anywhere from two to 14 days after being exposed.

Human coronaviruses are usually spread through...

  • The air by coughing or sneezing
  • Close personal contact, such as touching or shaking hands
  • Touching an object or surface with the virus on it, then touching your mouth, nose or eyes before washing your hands.

Help stop the spread of coronavirus

  • Stay home when you are sick.
  • Eat and sleep separately from your family members
  • Use different utensils and dishes
  • Cover your cough or sneeze with your arm, not your hand.
  • If you use a tissue, throw it in the trash.
  • Follow social distancing

Lower your risk

  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. If soap and water are not available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.
  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces.
  • If you are 60 or over and have an underlying health condition such as cardiovascular disease, diabetes or respiratory illnesses like asthma or COPD, the World Health Organization advises you to try to avoid crowds or places where you might interact with people who are sick.

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