(CMR) Cayman Marl Road is highlighting a local hairstylist Tanisha Hemans (Chin) and several local young ladies who have recently gotten their hair done by her in recent weeks since the business lockdown. Hemans works at Rodney’s Salon and Barber off Godfrey Nixon Way, George Town.
PDATE: Right after the publication of this story we understand that Tanisha has been in Cayman for some five years and left her initial employer to go and rent a chair from the above salon and she does not work for them and considers herself “self-employed” according to her Facebook page for over three years, A tipster shared that nothing was done because the owner of the salon in question works for CBC and the complaint was ignored.
After extensive research, all evidence points to the fact that during the past eight weeks Hemans has been doing the hair of numerous women and outfitting them full makeup and wigs/braids in contravention of the shelter in place provisions. The law does not permit people to operate salons or to allow others in their homes for the purposes of receiving these services.
CMR was initially alerted to the offending behavior over the weekend and took several days to examine the material presented to us as well as research additional sources for cross-referencing the authenticity of the allegations.
Our research has led us to believe that there are ongoing and continued breaches during the entire time that we have been on lockdown.
The most compelling evidence comes from the hairstylist’s Instagram social media account and that of some of her clients. In particular, Sabrina Seymour treated herself on May 8th for her 26th birthday. Friday, May 9th, Seymour posted on both her IG, TikTok, and Facebook accounts sharing a video of her dolled up full makeup and hair braid looks. The time of the social media post is 9:50 am.
The birthday girl is seen wearing the exact same dress and outfit that was posted the day before. The backdrop of the room matches the IG photo of what the stylist posted on her IG page. Seymour also shared a video on her IG stories showing herself driving from her birthday glam appointment and tagged the stylist in it. Hemans then re-posted the video; which has since disappeared. The tag has since been removed.
Days before that Seymour was pictured exercising with NO BRAIDS and there are no earlier photos of her with braids either. Perhaps she opted for the long brains to last for the remainder of the COVID-19 lockdown.
Apparently, the stylist is entertaining clients at her personal residence which breaches a number of known laws. A close examination of her IG page shows that the distinctive peach wall can be seen in her photos starting five weeks ago. Previous to that, client photos were taken against a white panel door and other videos were clearly in a salon setting. The clincher is that the stylist can be seen at home relaxing with the same peach wall in the background of a selfie.
While there are some interspersed white backgrounds in the past month opening up the possibility that those were done at the salon or older photos the last 6 clients were clearly done from her private residence. In some of those, you can see the kitchen and the front door leading to her porch. Prior to the COVID-19 quarantine period, 95% of the 598 photos were clearly taken in the salon. Her account has almost 600 photos.
Her roommate is often featured in her pictures and she works at Kirk Market; which just had three confirmed cases of COVID-19.
The salon photos also feature the salon chair etc. as the backdrop.
CMR reached out to her employer who happens to be a CBC employee and she shared that she was not aware of her working or in breach of any of the provisions and that the salon has been closed since March 21, 2020. She further stressed that:
“This has nothing to do with the salon as we have been closed from the CI Government issued the statement.”
We reminded her this is her employee and there appear to be both COVID-19 and work permit related breaches occurring here.