The barbershop owner develops “Shield on Wheels” to protect hairdressers and customers in the midst of a coronavirus pandemic

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Edwin Ramirez has created an innovative protective shield to protect hairdressers and customers in the midst of the pandemic. (Photo: Edwin Ramirez)

An innovative New Jersey business owner has created a protective shield that helps hairdressers and hairdressers stay safe while protecting the health of their customers.

Edwin Ramirez, 40, from Union City, New Jersey, is a former barber and owner of 201 Stylez, a barber shop he has owned for 15 years. Ramirez, who is also a carpenter and graphic designer, tells Yahoo Life that the corona virus has brought its business to a standstill.

“We had to close all three shops, I had to send all hairdressers and the workers home. I had to say to myself: “Something has to give, I can’t let these guys sit around,” he explains. “Ultimately, these employees have to bring money home to feed their children.”

After things were on hold, Ramirez decided to use his graphic design and wood business, which he has both owned for eleven years, to support key companies. He started making sneeze guards for supermarkets, pharmacies, liquor stores, and deli in New York, New Jersey, and Connecticut. It wasn’t long before Ramirez realized he could use this to get his hairdressers back to work and protect them and their customers by creating what he called his “shields on wheels”.

This sign on wheels has been designed to maintain social distance while ensuring accessibility. (Photo: Edwin Ramirez)This sign on wheels has been designed to maintain social distance while ensuring accessibility. (Photo: Edwin Ramirez)
This sign on wheels has been designed to maintain social distance while ensuring accessibility. (Photo: Edwin Ramirez)

“I created one with a door with a small window and after a while I said,” Let me make one for the hair salon. ” [practiced] with my son to see how he feels, ”he says.

After a few changes, he had managed to put together something that would protect both customers and hairdressers. Ramirez explains that the sign is practical enough for everyone and contains an opening through which hairdressers can access their customers’ hair while maintaining a safe distance. He says he is also working on adding portable chargers and hooks to hang up Blowdryers along with other prep tools.

An example of how the shield protects hairdressers and customers. (Photo: Courtesy of Edwin Ramirez)An example of how the shield protects hairdressers and customers. (Photo: Courtesy of Edwin Ramirez)
An example of how the shield protects hairdressers and customers. (Photo: Courtesy of Edwin Ramirez)

So far, the inventor has received over 300 orders from over a dozen countries and 100 orders worldwide, one of which is a customized order for a doctor in South Africa. Ramirez says he also works with a distributor in Canada.

Although his barbershops are still not in operation, Ramirez clearly has an impact on the world. He says that he received a lot of positive feedback from people, which motivated him. He wants people who want to make a difference in these uncertain times to stay positive.

“You have to have confidence in yourself,” he says. “If you have something in mind, just do it. And if you can’t find a solution … ask someone. “

For the latest corona virus news and updates, follow at https://news.yahoo.com/coronavirus. Experts say people over the age of 60 and those with weakened immune systems remain the most at risk. If you have any questions, please contact the CDCAnd WHO Resource manuals.

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