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Jakarta Post

Self-pampering at home sans 'me time'

  • Tertiani ZB Simanjuntak


Jakarta   /   Thu, July 16 2020   /  01:00 am
Home service: A barber is serving customers at home in the Ulujami area, South Jakarta on May 15. The Covid-19 pandemic forces barbers to go to their customers' home to run their businesses.(JP/Wendra Ajistyatama)

A neighborhood in one of the oldest housing complexes in Bekasi has a regular guest on weekends; a barber. Offering the service through advertisements posted in WhatsApp groups, the barber-by-appointment is equipped with gloves, health masks and face shields, as well as disinfectant and hand sanitizer. Ivan Pratama, the owner of O-DEL’s barbershop on Jl. Raya Narogong, Cileungsi – bordering Bekasi and Bogor – started the door-to-door service in April to cope with the current situation. “The barbershop has to close for an indefinite period of time and we know that many people are stuck at home and need our service. By offering our service door-to-door, at least our workers can still earn an living,” he told The Jakarta Post. Stefani Ribka, who manages the Mutiara Family Salon in Serpong, Banten,  began offering home services on Apri...