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Here’s How DC-Area Nail and Hair Salons Are Handling the Covid-19 Crisis

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Your email inbox is no doubt filled with messages from museums, delivery services, concert venues, and a whole host of other spots and companies letting you know all the precautions they’re taking in light of the Covid-19 crisis. We’ve gathered the precautions local nail and hair salons are taking during this time and will update this list as we get more information. If you have tips or updates to include, please email Mimi Montgomery at


As of now, the DC studio is open. In an email, the group told clients that all group wellness services are postponed through April 14 to limit the number of people coming to the studio. The group also says it’s frequently disinfecting the studio and that all hairdressers are sanitizing their equipment as per usual. The group asks that any clients who feel sick stay home, and it reserves the right to ask that clients with symptoms reschedule.

Salon Cielo

As of now, all DC-area locations are open. In an email, the group says it has hand sanitizer available for guests to use and that all stylists wash their hands and equipment between each client. The group also asks that all employees or clients who feel sick stay home—they don’t charge a rescheduling or cancellation fee.


Update: In a March 16 Facebook post, Nailsaloon announced it’s closing its DC locations temporarily.

As of now, the DC locations are open. The group has hand sanitizer available for use at its locations, and is asking that each client and technician washes his or her hands before an appointment (and technicians always wear gloves during a treatment). The group has also expanded the areas that it regularly disinfects, wiping down side tables, door handles, and polish trays, as well. Additionally, the group says that anyone who is out running errands and passes a studio may come in to wash their hands, if they’d like.

Varnish Lane 

Update: In a March 16 email, Varnish Lane announced it’s temporarily closing its DC-area locations. All booked appointments will be cancelled without a charge.

As of now, all DC-area locations are open. In an email, the group says it’s providing hand sanitizer to clients and staff, increasing its cleaning routine, and wiping down doorknobs, countertops, and polish bottles. It will also clean gel lamps before and after each service. The group also asks clients and employees that aren’t feeling well to stay home.

Bang Salon at Vida Fitness

Update: In a March 15 email, the group says it will temporarily close all salons through March 31.

As of now, all DC-area locations are open. In an email, the group says hand sanitizer is available to all guests. It also reminds clients that technicians and stylists wash their hands before and after each treatment, that linens are washed after every service, and that stations are cleaned throughout the day.


As of now, all DC-area locations of Drybar are open. In an email, the group says it’s requiring all employees wash their hands before and after each appointment, upping its supply of disinfectant for tools, and doing more thorough deep cleans after-hours. Locations have also set up hand sanitizer dispensers, removed unwrapped foods, and asked sick employees to stay home.

Mynd Spa & Salon 

In a March 14 email, the group announced that all DC-area spas and salons will be closed temporarily.

This post will be updated as we get more information.

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Mimi Montgomery Washingtonian
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Mimi Montgomery joined Washingtonian in 2018. She previously was the editorial assistant at Walter Magazine in Raleigh, North Carolina, and her work has appeared in Outside Magazine, Washington City Paper, DCist, and PoPVille. Originally from North Carolina, she now lives in Adams Morgan.

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