(She was not, in fact, vaxxed)
You all remember I’ve been cutting my own hair, right?
I have not been highlighting it myself. Contrary to what history might teach us, I do sometimes learn from history and have left the chemicals alone.
Also, I am lazy.
Also, who was going to see my hair anyhow? I mean, besides Mr T and he is not judgy about my hair.
(However – when we first met, I was unemployed and I was highlighting my own hair. Mr T became quite proficient at pulling my hair through the cap with a crochet hook. He is a man of many talents.)
I have not been to a stylist since January 2020. And that was at SuperCuts because my – our – stylist retired in September 2021.
So more than a year since I have been to a salon.
BUT MY IMMUNE DAY IS IN SIX DAYS AND I WANT TO GET MY HAIR DONE!
Yes, I know I wrote an entire manifesto about no makeup, no clothes that hurt, etc, etc, etc.
But this is different.
I called the SuperCuts by me to see if their stylists were vaxxed.
“That’s private information!” the SuperCuts person said. “I can’t tell you that!”
So I @’d SuperCuts on Twitter.
Same answer – PRIVATE INFORMATION!!!
I asked around on Facebook and everywhere one does and got the name of a hairdresser. I saw some of her work and it was good so I emailed her.
She seemed very nice – she gave me her prices and we set up an appointment.
Then I remembered I had forgotten to ask her if she was vaxxed. I am reading that it’s OK for two vaxxed people to be around each other but it seems that they are still not sure about a vaxxed person with an unvaxxed one.
The last thing I would want to do, after more than a year of being careful, would be to catch covid and then give it to someone else. There are people who cannot get the vax and children can’t get the vax, so we are not out of the woods yet.
“Oh! I forgot to ask you!” I emailed. “Are you vaxxed?”
I thought this was a pro-forma question – that of course she would be vaxxed after all she works putting her hands on people and being right in their faces.
Plus it is very very easy to get the vax where we live.
She wrote back,
I’m surprised you asked as that is personal information…? But since you did ask, I am not. I will cancel your appointment
Pretty much everyone else in my circles is vaxxed or vaxxing. We talk about. We celebrate it. It is a common topic of conversation.
Even at work, we talk about it. (I mean, online.)
I replied politely that of course I understood – that I would not want to risk infecting her.
Then I wrote to a salon by me. I had written to them before, asking for pricing, and got the reply that I needed to call because each stylist set her own prices. That made me cranky – why would anyone ever call on the phone now that email and messaging exist?
I wrote, “Hi! Are your stylists vaccinated? With the data still not clear on if vaxxed people can give covid to unvaxxed people, I am not taking any chances – I couldn’t live with myself if I gave it to someone. Thanks!”
Within an hour, I had an answer.
Hi! We have 2 hairstylist and they both are fully vaccinated as of this week it has been 2 weeks since their 2nd dose. We have been re opened since May 2020 and all three of us have been taking this virus serious and none of us got Covid! We are very proud of that. We have made many changes to our salon to make it safer. We don’t use a front desk. Was he one of us have our own checkout at our stations. That was a huge change!
I replied that I had asked that question of another stylist, who had cancelled my appointment.
Oh wow. I feel it is every business to answer every persons concerns and questions. Especially over something so important.
I have found my new salon.
I don’t care what they charge.
(OK, I care a little bit, but now that I am cutting Mr T’s hair, I can keep doing that and save the $40 or $50 it would cost every six weeks for his cut.)
And to those who suggested I should ask the question more tactfully – “What are your covid protocols?” – I say nah. I have been doing some completely unscientific testing and the only people who have been offended at this question are unvaxxed people who are choosing to be unvaxxed.
And I don’t want anything to do with them.