In my entire life, I never once imagined that doing haircuts, colors, waxes, shaves, etc. would become a black market business. Being a cosmetologist is recession-proof. No matter what, people will always need haircuts and colors. But this freak-illness happened, and cosmetologists have been forced to close their businesses (except for retail sales).

You may miss your stylist, but you shouldn't reach out to him/her to do your hair. Your stylist gets it - you NEED your hair done. But what is your stylist supposed to do when you're asking him/her to risk his/her license, money; and, ultimately, his/her livelihood, all so you can look nice? You need to wait to get your hair done (or do it yourself and risk screwing it up). It is what it is.

Are you wondering why it's so risky for your stylist to just cut your hair "under the radar"? If your stylist gets caught doing your hair at this time, he/she would be breaking the law, and be potentially risking everything he/she has worked for. I hate to break it to you, but it's not worth it for either you or your stylist.

This message isn't me being dramatic. If you don't believe me, or if you don't think it's that big of a deal, you need to realize that it wasn't your stylist's decision to close-up shop. Governor Burgum's executive order made licensed cosmetologists discontinue practicing for the time being. The following message is directly from the North Dakota State Board of Cosmetology's website:

On behalf of the North Dakota State Board of Cosmetology, we would like to notify our licensees and the public that Governor Burgum issued amended executive order 2020-06.1. Directing all cosmetologists, manicurists, and estheticians to 
cease services and close all salons.  This would include all services provided under a homebound license, and prevents any student/instructor to perform any services on a member of the public. Any salons located in a nursing home/long term care facility, which are licensed by our Board and/or have employees licensed by our Board, must also cease operations at this time.


You can review the executive order on the Governor’s website:


Local county and state law enforcement are authorized and directed to enforce the provisions of the executive order. Violations of this Order are an infraction and subject to a $1000 fine.

I guarantee you that your stylist does not want to be in this situation any more than you do. Cosmetology is not a job, it is a passion. As a cosmetologist, I can tell you that your literal (yes, literal) blood, sweat, and tears go into your craft. When I did hair, I loved the personal connection with my clients and I loved to make them look and feel like the best version of themselves. All my cosmetology friends have been impacted by COVID-19, and they can't wait to get back to the salon and make you beautiful. Be patient, you will see your stylist again.



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