Barbershops and hair salons were among the non-essential businesses that shut down at the start of Rhode Island’s COVID response.  

For the last three months, a lot of us have been without professional grooming, and are shaggier for it. But this month, the shops were allowed to reopen again, with new COVID regulations. And despite fears and uncertainty, clients are returning, ready for a trim. 

We at the Public’s Radio hope this audio portrait is a small reminder that a few of the rhythms of normalcy have quietly begun to hum back to life.

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