Work kept a cut above in Harvey

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Briana FioreHarvey-Waroona Reporter
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Golden Scissors Hair Salon owner Olivia Ietto says her team is adapting to a “new normal” post COVID-19.
Camera IconGolden Scissors Hair Salon owner Olivia Ietto says her team is adapting to a “new normal” post COVID-19. Credit: Briana Fiore/Briana Fiore

A Harvey hairdresser has described the past couple of months as “scary” and “exhausting”.

Olivia Ietto has been trading through the COVID-19 pandemic and said her resilient team has been forced to adapt to a “new normal”.

Mrs Ietto said it was hard to keep up with all the coronavirus restrictions but she powered through because she loved her job.

“It was impossible to cut someone’s fringe while standing 1.5m away,” Mrs Ietto said.

“At the time we kept waiting for the Premier’s updates — thinking we would be the next to close.”

Hair salons were never closed in WA, however, Prime Minister Scott Morrison announced a 30-minute hairdressing rule for appointments. Mr Morrison then backflipped on his decision a day later after it was deemed impractical.

“When news first broke about the half-hour time limits, we were flooded with people wanting colours and treatments.

“We worked 12 hours straight to fit everyone in on the day before the restrictions came into play.”

Mrs Ietto said that was almost the “breaking point” for her.

It was tough, however I love what I do and things are getting better.

Olivia Ietto

She said she felt “very lucky” to be in the town and had ramped up cleaning procedures in the fight against COVID-19.

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