Salons on wheels could be on their way to the Wiregrass

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DOTHAN, Ala. (WDHN) — You may start seeing mobile salons travelling through the Wiregrass thanks to a new bill.

Last week, the Alabama House of Representatives passed a bill that would permit mobile salons to operate throughout the state. The mobile businesses would include nail salons, hair salons, and skincare services

One Wiregrass stylist believes mobile salons would be a great opportunity for the cosmetology industry.

“I do believe that there is a market for that, said Ellen Carroll, a senior stylist at Cypress & Myrtle Hair Co. “For shut-ins, people that don’t have transportation, I think that’s going to be the clientele that it really caters to.”

The bill came about when a Mobile, Alabama, salon owner took a business plan to state Rep. Barbara Drummond.

It passed almost unanimously.

Cosmetology was one of the hardest hit industries during the pandemic so Carroll hopes the bill would help it recover. However, she does have some reservations.

“Are they properly licensed? Is a professional actually doing the service? That is a concern for me and it would be a concern for the market as well,” Carroll said.

While she has concerns, overall, Carroll believes the trucks would positively impact the beauty industry in the Wiregrass.

Once the bill is approved by the state Senate and signed by Gov. Kay Ivey, the beauty industry could soon be taking to the streets.

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