Like everyone else, the hair salon industry and the esteemed French hairstylist has had to adjust to the new normal.
"It's going to be really strange," Farel says of the US Open. "The players are going to be in the bubble so we couldn't make it work. For us, unfortunately, it's not a privilege we could have to be at the facility 24/7 for two weeks."
This summer, Farel has been setting up at-home outdoor haircuts for his clients. He has done all his cutting and styling outdoors, always in a mask and sometimes in a full safety gown depending on his client's wishes.
"I just do it because people really feel like they need to be secure and they don't want you to come inside," Farel says. "You have to arrive ready to go. We've got to wait and see until we have a better solution, but right now my goal is to make everybody safe."
He has a summer home in The Hamptons, where he reconnected with Patrick McEnroe. After recovering from COVID-19 earlier in the summer, McEnroe rented a summer house for his wife and three daughters. Both Farel and McEnroe's daughters play tennis, often together.
"Things are pretty good," McEnroe says. "Luckily I never had it where I was really sick. Obviously, being in the basement for a month was no fun. Other than that we weathered it pretty easily."
McEnroe's wife Melissa Errico is a performer, singer and writer and she was a client of Farel's pre-COVID (check out her recent pieceabout COVID, their daughters and Little Women). She would send her husband to Farel for a little style freshening up.