LETTER TO THE EDITOR — Public officials must also follow nail salon, barbershop restrictions

Published 12:07 am Thursday, April 23, 2020

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Dear Editor,

I am a local hairstylist who has been following every single order given in order to keep myself and my family safe. I have gone without income for a month now, and I am a single mother of three. If something isn’t done about the mayor (of Beaumont) going into a nail salon and having a service, then why do we even have rules?

If the officials cannot follow the rules then why even enforce them?

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She said she was “getting a special solution to avoid infection.” The ONLY thing that takes off artificial nails is acetone, which is sold at Walmart, Lowe’s, H-E-B, Market Basket and even the Dollar General store. She could have done that at home like the rest of us all had to do!

And second — you CANNOT get an infection from nails that are outgrown. I studied cosmetology, which includes the study of nails, both natural and artificial.

This is a slap in the face to not only our industry, but to our citizens. And if she were telling the truth and “only soaking her nails off,” why wasn’t it done at home?

If this were a regular citizen, there would be consequences.

There is NO way to be six feet apart at a nail salon or hair salon while performing a service, and having your nails soaked off is a service!

I am beyond frustrated and shocked by this.

— Keeli Knight, Nederland