Mackay woman Denika Kay had to close her lash business due to the coronavirus restrictions.
Mackay woman Denika Kay had to close her lash business due to the coronavirus restrictions.

‘Non-essential’ beauty salons cope with shock job cuts

THEY might not wear capes, but they are still heroes in our eyes.

The men and women who give us luscious lashes, wax our eyebrows and make us feel beautiful all lost their jobs overnight in what was one of the most shocking announcements the Prime Minister has ever made.

With escalating restrictions in place due to coronavirus, all non-essential businesses including beauty therapy, tanning, massage and tattoo parlours were ordered to close by midnight Wednesday.

The shutdown meant the loss of thousands of local jobs.

Full-time lash technician Denika Kay said she had not been expecting the restrictions so soon and was "heartbroken" to close her business so suddenly.

 

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The 26-year-old Mackay woman said 24 hours was not enough time to make arrangements for her clients.

"I had so many girls message me asking about their appointment and unfortunately I had to tell them they were all cancelled," she said.

"It was a shock and I'm just grateful that people understood that the shutdown was out of my control."

Ms Kay said she was anticipating her business may have to close in the future due to coronavirus and social distancing, but Stage 2 of the lockdown had come much more quickly than expected.

For now, she will look for administration work to pay the bills.

"I am lucky that I do work from home so I don't have to pay rent on a salon," she said.

"I think it is going to be very hard for those in the beauty industry. It is definitely a feeling of helplessness."

Owner of Sass & Bloom Beauty Leah Darr also had to shut her nail and beauty salon. Picture: Rainee Shepperson.
Owner of Sass & Bloom Beauty Leah Darr also had to shut her nail and beauty salon. Picture: Rainee Shepperson.

Mikaela Green is another Mackay businesswoman who was forced to close her Sydney St salon.

The owner of Fleek Brows & Beauty said the thought of continuing to pay weekly rent for a space she could no longer use was frightening.

"I haven't had a chance to look into my options yet but I know a lot of other salon owners will be in the same boat," she said.

"With rent on my house to pay, there is no way I could afford to pay rent on the salon for another six months if we can't reopen."

Owner of Fleek Brows & Beauty Mikaela Green was forced to close her salon after the PM's announcement.
Owner of Fleek Brows & Beauty Mikaela Green was forced to close her salon after the PM's announcement.

Ms Green said she was trying to stay positive despite the closure and was excited to use her time indoors learning new skills and creating fresh content.

She said the government funding available to businesses like her own was helping put her mind at ease.

"My main priority is focusing on my goals for when I do reopen," Ms Green said.

"The hard part is not knowing how long this will go on for, but the beauty community in Mackay is so supportive and we have all checked in on each other to make sure we are okay."

Pools, community halls, libraries and museums were also ordered to close.



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