Our services have become non-essential now, says manager of a local women’s beauty parlour

“With most women working from home, and grand marriages not happening, our services have become non-essential,” says Malar, the manager of Friends beauty parlour in Luz.

Beauty parlours were allowed to operate from late May.

However, Malar says their business continues to be affected. “Every day, I come to work only to sit idle. We have had no business for the past four months.”

This salon has been around for over a year. And has 30 regulars.

Says Malar, who does everything from hair cut to facial, “Even after we re-opened, no one is dropping in. Only one or two turned up for eyebrow threading.”

Malar says they use re-usable sheets. And sanitise scissors, and combs after every use to prevent virus spread. “We also inform customers about the precautions we take. Still many seem to be scared to step out.”

Due to this, managing the parlour has become very difficult for them. “We have not paid building rent since April. Salaries for the employees are also pending. We hope things would change for the better soon, she says.

Their shop is at 140, Royapettah High Road, Luz, Mylapore. Open from 10 am to 6 pm on all days except Sundays. Ph: 7299800598.

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