May 25 2020

Burlington Hairdressers and Barber Shops Set to Open at Last

By: Tad Stephanak

People’s inability to maintain their hair growth professionally has been a rising issue during quarantine. Thankfully help has arrived in Phase 1 of the Massachusetts reopening plan allowing hairdressing businesses to open. 

BNEWS spoke with Burlington barber shop and salon owners on their plans to handle a population with 8 weeks of unattended hair growth as well as the need for repairs to DYI at home haircuts. The reopening guidelines call for appointment only with waiting rooms closed and no upkeep or shaving of facial hair. Shops and salons have been busy recalibrating their spaces to social distancing standards. 

Joe Morandi, owner of Morandi’s Barber Shop, has been getting haircut requests from friends since quarantine began. In fairness Morandi’s Barber Shop will only start taking appointments starting at 8 a.m. on Tuesday, May 26.  With an expected surge of customers Morandi plans to have one of his sisters manning the phone to handle the initial rush so the barbers can focus on cutting and cleanliness. Moradni plans on having waiting customers outside with the shop set up for 8 feet between chairs. Following a cut, barbers will take 10 minutes to clean tools, wipe down chairs and wash their hands. 

Mane & Mani is a unique blend of full service salon and spa that specializes in styling and blow drying. Owner Saverio Fulciniti said they have to wait for Phase 2 to offer their normal nail, make-up and waxing service. Mane & Mani has been steadily preparing to reopen on Sunday, June 7. Fulciniti said they’ve always gone above and beyond the sanitation required by state and local health boards. The store will use every other station giving 8-12 feet of separation; they’re installing shields between stations and implementing cashless pay systems. Mane & Mani will also be staggering shifts and appointments to give staff and customers social distance. 

“We’re using common sense in doing the right thing over business interests to make sure our customers and staff feel safe and comfortable coming back,” Fulciniti stated.

Niko Deniro, owner of Kasino, has his roots in Burlington and his family owns several businesses in town. Kasino is a one-man show that is already a by-appointment business. Normally, Kasino does allow walk-ins but plans to place a sign outside the door asking customers to not enter without an appointment. While waiting, he’ll have customers wait in their car until he calls, texts or waves them in. Deniro is also building a 20-minute grace period into each appointment to wipe down and disinfect. Kasino is currently asking that all appointments be scheduled online. 

Hair Saloon, which focuses on men’s hair services has six chair stations that are already over 6 feet apart. According to owner Brian Curtin, they will use the front two and the back two which already have partitions built in.  

“At any given time the most chairs we’ll have going is three,” Curtin remarked.

The Hair Saloon team has had Zoom meetings to go over cleaning and disinfecting procedures. The stylists will wear gloves, masks and eyewear and each customer will receive a freshly laundered cape. They’ve also purchased extra equipment to rotate tool disinfectant, and have worked time into appointments for cleaning. Curtin said they’ve already been experiencing a surge of customers by phone and Facebook and encourages customers to book online. 

With the initial wave of hairdressing customers expected in the days and weeks to come, please be patient. They want to cut your hair as much as you want it cut. 


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