CHICO, Calif. – The past six months have been a rollercoaster for many businesses, including nail salons. On Wednesday, many nail salons were able to open for indoor operations after receiving the green light from the state.
One worker says it’s hard to keep up with all the constant changes in guidelines, but right now, she’s just happy to be back at work.
Nail technician for Lily's Nails, Kim Brooks, was out of the salon for several weeks after the state shut them down again when Butte county landed in the state’s most restrictive tier.
Brooks said during that time, she was having to figure out how to make extra income to pay her bills while also having to help her daughter navigate through online classes. She said being able to provide these services helps her and her clients get through stressful times.
“Being able to take the self-care for ourselves is a mental thing, for women to get their hair done, nails done, feeling like themselves, we get to the point where we always lose our sanity and being able to get those services done helps us a lot with that,” said Brooks.
She told Action News Now that she enjoys being able to connect with her clients. Sharing what they are going through during the pandemic helps bring them closer.
Business at Lily’s Nails has been steady so far and they are expecting an influx in customers soon with the fall season.
Brooks said they are taking all of the proper safety precautions and they are hoping they will not have to face another shut down. Lily’s Nails begun building an outdoor salon on their back patio, but they were impacted by the air quality and high temperatures, so it was not finished.