It’s the simple things in life that make me the happiest. It could be a phone call from a friend or a sale at my favorite clothing store. But none of that compares to getting my hair done.

The quarantine took away so many guilty pleasures that I grew accustomed to and clearly took for granted. This is not to downplay the severity of COVID-19, but rather an appreciation post for my hairdresser and how good it feels to treat oneself to a day at the salon, even if it requires new rules and regulations.

Today was the first day hair salons were open in Rhode Island. I have my hairdresser, Sarah, on speed dial, so the appointment was made well before today. I’m not a natural blonde, but I have been sporting the color for quite some time now, and it was killing me to see two-inch roots sprouting from my scalp. Another week, and I would have resembled a skunk. Luckily, the wait was over, and I would be back to my blonde self again.

I was very impressed with the precautions set in place to keep the salon sanitized. Sarah was following all of the guidelines set forth by Governor Raimondo and, truthfully, it worked flawlessly. I signed a waiver before my appointment ensuring I understood the guidelines. I was then instructed to text Sarah upon arrival, so she could let me know when her last client had left the building and it was safe to enter. Even though we were both wearing masks, we couldn’t help but smile at each other and engage in an “air hug” before I took a seat in the chair.

“Here’s your box!” Sarah said. In her hands was a plastic box with my name on it, filled with combs, hair clips, scissors, and a disposable cape. Every client receives their own “tool box” so nothing is cross-contaminated with the next client. I felt cared for and safe. What more could you ask for?

The only downfall is that Sarah was not allowed to blow dry my hair because a blow dryer would circulate too many germs. Totally understandable. I could blow-dry my hair at home, but I definitely couldn’t cut and color on my own. I’ll take that trade any day of the week.

I am so happy to see small businesses open their doors as the SouthCoast begins to come alive again. I have a feeling tomorrow is going to be a good (hair) day.

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