With salons closed for months now, our hair has been suffering in silence. You might be feeling the urge to try a new hairstyle right about now—after all, no one can see you if it goes wrong, and cutting hair isn’t that hard, right?

Well, we suggest you hold out (and leave the scissors on the counter) as hair salons can officially reopen this Friday, albeit with stipulations. Gov. Greg Abbott announced on Tuesday that hair salons and barbershops can reopen as long as they remain at 25 percent occupancy and only allow one customer per stylist.

Even with these requirements, hair stylists are eager to return to work. Yesenia Garcia, a hairstylist at Studio A in Rice Village, says they want to start taking care of their clients again. “We will have to prepare for long hours for work, and we will try to take care of everybody because we understand hair makes us feel confident. It is your image.”

Outside the loop, The Galleria Hair Salon will be making necessary precautions in order to ensure the safety of its clients. Mia Gonzalez, a color and extension specialist of 15 years, says they will be opening with a limited capacity of four–five stylists and spacing out reservations.

They are also allowing clients to purchase gift cards for future appointments, which has been helping the company financially stay afloat during the pandemic. Both The Galleria Hair Salon and Studio A have also been allowing curbside to pick up in order for clients to purchase their haircare products.

So, if you’re in dire need of the professional touch, your stylists will be waiting. But, if you can’t wait, or if you aren’t quite willing to venture out into the world just yet, Gonzalez and Garcia gave us some Dos and Don’ts of at-home haircare.

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Now is the time to be creative and look up YouTube tutorials to find techniques, such as waterfall braids. Play around with scarves, clips, barrettes, or maybe even incorporate flowers to hide new hair growth.

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But don’t be too quick to make any major changes at home, such as harsh heat, bleaching, and cutting, because “if you do not have the experience and knowledge to do hair, it can ruin your hair completely,” Garcia says. No one wants to wait for jagged bangs to grow out.

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If you do feel compelled to try a new spunky color this quarantine, go for fashion colors, such as pastel or lighter colors, but avoid more saturated dyes such as purples, reds, or blues. It’s best to wait for the salons to reopen before trying out bolder colors.

Don't

Have dead ends or the sudden urge to try bangs? Reconsider that decision because it is best to wait for a professional to cut the hair precisely. Meanwhile, allow your natural hair to breathe by trying hair masks and deep conditioning treatments to keep the hair moisturized. Seal the hair with cool water when completing these steps.

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For all oily heads, now is your time to shine. Refrain from washing your hair every day or other day, and begin training your hair to be able to go an extra day without washing to allow your natural oils to build up.

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