Am I essential to you?
My name is Lisandra Antonio and I’ve been a licensed cosmetologist in the San Diego community for 9 years. Over this time, I have had the honor of gaining my clients trust, a gesture that I do not take lightly. Even as early as my beauty school days I was trained to protect their well-being. Before covid-19 was even a thought, cosmetologists where licensed to protect people from infectious disease. (HIV, MRSA, staph, etc.) We are certified for human contact, a privilege that many industries do not have.
Aside from that, I’ve had the privilege of being so many incredible woman’s friend behind the chair. Their confidant, their stress reliever. Sometimes the only place they can go to get away. These stay at home orders are dehumanizing. We are not able to socialize, self care has been put on a back burner. Gyms and out door activity are restricted. The salon is a place of love. A place where people go to rebalance and refresh. We need these safe havens now more than ever. I want to make my clients feel beautiful again, feel human again.
Not only am I able to serve the community, this position allows me to keep a roof over my family’s head and food on the table.
I am willing to implement any safeguards necessary for the health and safety of my guests such as requiring masks, gloves, limited occupancy, having no wait area, extra sanitation (on top of the already implemented sanitation and cleanliness required by the state board of cosmetology). Even our industry specific disinfectant barbicideblue was tested and proven to kill covid-19. I truly believe that being in my chair would be safer than a visit to the gas station or grocery store.
However, in order for me to operate, I first need the state of California to give me permission to work again.
This is me speaking up. Our industry is struggling. Many of the salons in San Diego are owned by self made entrepreneurs.
This is the American dream that we are letting die while big businesses continue to operate.
Are you with me?
If your a hairstylist I urge you to create post similar to this and tag your local city and state officials.
Together we can give small businesses a voice.