• By The Financial District


While owners of hair salons and barbershops are rejoicing that they can reopen indoors next week, not all beauty and personal care businesses are celebrating.

On Friday, Gov. Gavin Newsom announced new reopening guidelines, including a statewide change that hair salons and barbershops can reopen indoors, KCRA 3 News reported.

However, the state put nail salons, piercing and tattoo parlors and esthetician studios in a separate “personal care” category and those businesses cannot yet reopen inside.

“It’s not fair at all,” said Sa Ton, who owns Nature Love Nail Salon in East Sacramento.

“We are professional. We know how to disinfect and sanitize and we follow strictly the guidelines of the CDC and the state board,” she said.

Amy Le is a nail technician at Top Coat Nails Salon in North Natomas. Workers are braving the heat and smoke by operating outdoors to keep business afloat.

“We want to work inside please,” Le said. “Why the hair salon they work inside now and the nail salons can’t?”

According to Lui Nguyen, the president of the Sacramento Nail Association, 95% of nail salons in Sacramento are unable to operate outdoors. Thao Le owns Paris Nail Salon in Elk Grove and has kept it closed for five months because she said her location is not conducive to outdoor operations.

“I feel so bad, my clients just keep calling me and asking me when I can reopen my shop,” Le said. “I would like to do for them, but I can’t do that because it’s so hot and there’s no safety outdoors.”

Nail salon owners said just like hair salons, not only do they disinfect and sanitize, they help people.

“I think nails are as essential as hair. For some people with conditions, they cannot bend down to get nails cut and we are here to help,” Ton said.

Piercing and tattoo parlors feel abandoned too.

“I feel mostly for my staff,” said Michael Hare, the owner of The Exotic Body, the oldest piercing studio in Sacramento. It had to close three days after its 30th anniversary.