Stylist remains open for regulars amid COVID-19 crisis

Stylist remains open for regulars amid COVID-19 crisis

VICTORIA, Texas – Governor Greg Abbott signed an executive order Thursday to close all restaurants, bars, food courts and gyms through April 3rd, effective 11:59 p.m. Friday.

Stephanie Canfield, a stylist at Beehive Salon, posted on social media to reassure her clients that she will continue to be open for business throughout the COVID-19 pandemic.

Ofelia Elizondo, a regular client of Canfield’s, said she was relieved when she heard Canfield is going to continue doing what she does best – making her clients feel refreshed, whether it’s a haircut, a manicure or a wax. Canfield also took to the web to let her clients know she also has upped her cleanliness game.

“The extra cleanliness, her keeping it going, for me I don’t expect anything less from her because that’s how she is,” Elizondo said.

And extra cleanliness isn’t the only measure Canfield has taken to ensure the safety of her clientele and herself.

“For sure, there is a little bit of anxiety about it all, just because I feel my routine is being interrupted mostly but yeah, just taking those extra precautions,” Canfield said. “Due to the pandemic, I’m only taking my regulars right now, that way I’m not coming into contact with so many strangers, I’m keeping my appointments very slow and steady just to my regular clientele.”

For Elizondo, who has been seeing Canfield every two weeks for the last several years – she couldn’t imagine a world without her manicure appointments with Canfield. It’s not just a service, it’s a friendship and biweekly check in with someone who is a core part of her routine.

During this time of social distancing, any glimmer of her life before COVID-19 took hold of the headlines, is essential while she is working from home and taking turns being at the office with a coworker.

“This is the one thing that I know, would be consistent, it was steady, it was going to happen and I knew it, it makes things normal, this helps normalize things for me,” Elizondo said.

For Canfield, it’s a continual flow of income, which many in the United States are struggling to maintain as our nation’s leaders look to secure bailout funds for employees who can’t go to work due to COVID-19.

Even though there have been a few cancelations for Canfield, when a customer comes through her door, she can’t help but feel the love.

“It means the world to me, umm, I’m going to tear up because Ofelia is, like, so thoughtful, it just means the world to me,” Canfield said.