Huntsville salons change processes in preparation for reopening Monday
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Salons and barbershops are anxious to reopen after being closed for the past two months.

Starting Monday, they can start welcoming customers back after Gov. Kay Ivey amended the Safer At Home order.

"You know, you don't realize how attached you get to people, because I touch people on a daily basis and the reason I got into this industry is because I want to make people feel their best, and I miss that," said Meagan Johnson.

WAAY-31 spoke with a stylist at Shutter and Shears about how they're excited to get back to work. They're already booked through the end of this month and almost halfway through June.

Before she reopens, Johnson says she has new rules for clients before they even step inside.

"I've instructed everybody to stay in their car and text me when they get here, and I will text them and let them know it's okay to come in," she said.

Johnson is a colorist and stylist at Shutter and Shears and she told WAAY-31 since they've been closed, she has a list of more than 45 clients on it, all eagerly waiting to get their hair done.

On Friday, when the governor announced close-contact businesses could reopen on Monday, she couldn't believe what happened.

"In about 3 and half to 4 hours, I booked over $3,000 in services," she said.

Johnson told us she's overwhelmed, but excited to get back to doing what she loves. She also wants her clients to know the business will run differently now.

She's only accepting two clients a day and will be excessively cleaning after each client.

"Just prepare. Clean everything, wash my hands and do everything I need to do," she said.

She also told us she will wear a mask and people can only sit inside if they're getting services done in order to minimize crowding.

As she and others await Monday's arrival, she said she is just anxious to see her clients.

"I'm excited to see them and gossip, and I wish I could hug them, but I can't," Johnson said.

Johnson told us she is doing cuts, styles and color and is allowing the option for clients to decide if they want a wash and blow dry to keep everyone comfortable with coronavirus concerns.

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