Panhandle salons, barbershops reopen; new rules created

Erin Franczak
Northwest Florida Daily News

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Shaggy hair, roots without color, and the Dumb and Dumber haircut were some of the different looks hairstylists saw on Monday after barbershops and salons reopened.

Fort Walton Beach barbershop P-nut’s reopened Monday morning, and already Tammie Norton’s phone was blowing up with calls and texts from people hoping to make an appointment.

Norton, the owner of the P-nut’s, said it was a little bit overwhelming, but she was also grateful to open up again.

“Everybody needs a haircut today, and we just can’t fit them all in,” said Norton.

While the shop is open, there are new rules surrounding the perfect trim or style. At P-nut’s, guests who choose to “walk-in” must check in, and they are required to sit outside until a barber is available.

Barbers are also wearing masks, sanitizing between every client, and refraining from using blow dryers.

Cuts By Us, a salon on Mary Esther Cut-off, also instituted new rules for their re-opening day.

“We’re all so happy to be back at work,” said manager Amy Castanon.

For the time-being, Cuts By Us is not offering tanning or waxing, and clients are required to make an appointment before getting a cut or color.

Cuts by Us also stopped shampooing, so clients are asked to come with wet hair or stylists will wet the hair without shampoo. Along with removing shampooing, stylists are not using blow dryers or curlers.

Even with the new rules, clients appear to just be happy to be back in their barber or stylist’s chair. Meg Stivers of Mary Esther has been a client of Norton’s for over six years.

“I’ve been wearing a hat for two months,” Stivers said. “It’s almost like praise the Lord.”

While at P-nut’s, Stivers said everyone seemed to be in a good mood as well. She said people are adjusting to a new way of life, but still in positive spirits.

“I brought her flowers and a plant,” Stivers said. “That’s how happy I was.”

Bert Moore, another client of P-nut’s, came in for a cut Monday morning. Moore’s hair had grown out during the mandatory close-down of all barbershops, and he was not a fan.

“I’m agitated by having long hair, so I was getting frustrated,” Moore said.

The Fort Walton beach resident said he had a couple of inches cut off.

“I’m extremely grateful,” Moore said. “Hopefully everybody does their part, so we can maintain some sort of normality.”