For barbers and hair stylists who work on commission-based pay, one-on-one interactions and developing relationships with clients is of utmost importance. You may be able to visit your barber again in the near future as talk of reopening is going around, but in the meantime, you may want to help and keep these relationships nurtured, and your barbers sustained. There are many ways to support your barbers and hairstylists right now:
Requesting a virtual haircut for the barbers who are offering them.
Some barbers and hairstylists have been offering pay-what-you-wish virtual haircuts, where they guide you through cutting your hair. This is much better than cutting your own hair and suffering through quarantine #haircutfails. This is a great way to engage with your barber or hairstylist and have this interaction be mutually beneficial.
Paying upfront via Venmo or PayPal for a future haircut.
If you’re not ready to take the scissors to your hair yet, what about some wishful thinking and planning in advance to book an appointment and pay for it? This could be of major help to your hair stylist and will guarantee you good looks once you leave your house.
Some barbershops have their own product lines, buy their merch!
If the hair salon or barbershop that you frequent offers merch, now is the time to buy it. You may never have considered such an action, but a lot of barbershops are maintaining their livelihoods by selling their merch. It may be worth considering. Skip amazon, check to see if they have online stores, and support your local small businesses.
Check if the shop has a GoFundMe page.
If you can spare it, now is the time to pay it forward. A small donation can go a long way in helping small businesses and making sure they can be up and running once all of this blows over. Your contribution may mean that the shop is that much more likely to reopen.
Reach out, check in.
If you can’t afford to make a donation or buy products, you can always reach out and offer moral support—this can be done privately or over social media. Give a shout out to your barbers, encourage your friends to use their services or simply give them more visibility. This can provide them with the positivity they need to keep going.
Head over to HelpBarberShops.com.
In the wake of the coronavirus, SQUIRE has launched a website centralizing resources and advice to help barbershops weather the pandemic. Updated weekly, HelpBarbershops.com keeps industry insiders and patrons in the loop.