I know you’re not going anywhere. I know you’re frightened of the virus. I know you’re OK with the gray. I know it’s hot out so you’re just wearing your hair in a pony tail.

I say “Enough!”

No more excuses. Look in the mirror. I know you will feel so much better if you put your mask on and make a trip to the salon. No more at-home touch ups. No more bathroom mirror trims. No more feeling haggard and old. It’s time.

I promise you, things won’t look nearly as grim if you spend a couple hours being pampered, then walking out of the salon looking younger and happier.

Plus, it’s safe to come in to a salon. You might not realize that 51% of a cosmetology degree is focused on sanitation and sterilization. We have been taught how to take all precautions against all viruses and diseases.

This isn’t our first rodeo. We have always had sanitation as a first priority. We are inspected periodically and randomly by our state Department of Health and Environmental Control and the Department of Labor, Licensing and Regulation. We are scored on the results and fined heavily if we don’t meet the guidelines.

We wear gloves that are changed after each client. Our tools are required to be soaked and sanitary in germicidal solutions.

Plus, you will have on a protective smock or cape whether your hair is being colored or just cut. These are laundered after each use.

Clean towels are stored in a closed cabinet and dirty ones are in a closed hamper.

A salon, especially a small one, is one of the safer places to go. We stick to the guidelines of social distancing. Additionally, we’re wearing masks and only have one client at a time. It’s a safe space.

So now let’s get back to your hair … look in the mirror. Think about how great it’s going to be with a professional shape up or, better yet, some great new color to give your hair a glow with dimension and shine.

I always say you can lost 10 pounds and 10 years with the right cut and color.

How wonderful will that be?

Joy Ross is owner of Style It Salon in Old Town Bluffton. styleitsalon.com