THUMBS UP: Most people like to have their picture taken to appear in the newspaper. But, lately, we’ve been getting some pushback and some people have declined, citing a bad hair day, er, month. To many, barbers and hair stylists are absolutely essential workers and so we’re glad many have returned to work, albeit adhering to state-mandated restrictions to keep everyone as safe as possible during the pandemic. Barbers and hair stylists generally want to be open to help make their customers look good and everyone wants to resume getting paid, where possible. “We have [about 10] barbers and stylists that depend on us. They’re just sitting there. They have rent, they have mortgages coming in," Jordan Parry, who has run Tu Style in Westminster since 2014, told us. Indeed. The Bureau of Labor Statistics estimates that 75% of barbers and 44% of hairdressers, hairstylists, and cosmetologists are self-employed. If they aren’t working, they aren’t making money. And based on the Zoom calls we see, there’s plenty of folks in need of a trim who are more than happy to pay for a visit.