ORCUTT, Calif. - Several salon owners have been frustrated ever since the state order required them to shut down indoor services.
"It’s not been going well. Once we were opened we got off unemployment ... two weeks later shut down ... now can’t get back on unemployment ha ha ... clients still want to come," said Sabrina Green with Smooth Criminal Speed Waxing.
She says taking her work outside won’t work. "Air quality ... weather ... heat ... cold and how that affects the way that wax that’s on a client ... there’s no way that the parking lot is cleaner than this room."
Now she’s rounding up other local salon owners fighting to save their businesses.
"I want to open ... and I just want support and not be bashed because this is my living ... this is how I pay my bills," said Tiffany Alarcon with D Infinity Salon.
All of the people at Monday's gathering say they plan to open their salons on August 17th with or without state approval.
"We’re tired of hiding in the shadows ... we’re not doing anything wrong ... if anything our industry does everything right and always has," said Green.
Currently all salons in the county are only permitted to offer services outdoors.
"It’s getting to the point where we’ve exhausted our savings and we don’t have any other option right now," said Green.
Green is among hundreds of salon owners joining the Open Safe California initiative to defy the states order and reopen August 17th.