Hair stylists, nail techs struggle as COVID-19 curtails business

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The silence of the hair clippers was deafening.
When salons were shuttered due to coronavirus concerns in March, bangs and debt grew in unison for workers in the beauty industry.
“I tried to hold out at first,” says a veteran stylist who has been working in Las Vegas for over a decade, “because I was just waiting to hear when we were going to go back. When I ran out of money and I needed to feed my kids, then I was like, ‘I have to do what I have to do.’”
This meant working out of her home.
“Clients were asking,” she says. “You want to be sensitive to peoples’ beliefs and their situations, so I didn’t reach out to anybody, but I did have a tremendous amount of clients that were calling me, still wanting services.”
Problem is, the stylist was putting her career on the line: working outside of the salon is illegal for her.
According to Adam Higginbotham, deputy executive director of the Nevada State Board of Cosmetology, violators could face fines and/or the loss of their cosmetology license.
This has been the plight of beauty industry professionals, from hair stylists to nail workers, …

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