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‘We do fear it will affect the business’: How hairdressers and customers feel about the new face masks rules coming into place tomorrow


Don’t forget to pack a mask if you’re heading to the salon, from tomorrow (Picture: Getty)

Just months after Freedom Day, a new set of coronavirus rules will come into place tomorrow morning. 

Face masks and other face coverings will be compulsory on public transport and in shops, as well as in hairdressers, banks and post offices. Pubs and restaurants, however, will be exempt.

Those who fail to cover their faces – unless medically except – may be hit with fines, which could reach up to £6,400 for repeat offenders.

The new rules are coming into place in a bid to tackle the new Omicron variant.

So face masks are back on for those planning a trip to the salon over the coming weeks and, no doubt, months. 

But how do both customers and salon employees feel about these new rules?

Clarissa Bloom, a dating expert for the Stag Company, who regularly visits the salon to get her nails done, says the change won’t really impact her – as she’s continued to wear a mask.

‘Personally, I’d say I’m happy to hear this – but I expect I might be in the minority,’ Clarissa tells Metro.co.uk.

‘Not much changed for me, I carried on wearing a mask while on the train or in shops. However, whenever I was getting my nails done, the staff would wear masks and so would I, but every other customer wouldn’t bother. 

‘It always felt funny, as the staff in the salon I visit in Hove would all be relatively young, wearing masks, while the customers attending seemed to be predominantly over 60, so it was for their protection, but oh well.’

For people with anxiety, compulsory mask-wearing can be stressful and difficult. 

Min is one individual who struggles to breathe when wearing a mask and says having to wear one will put her off getting a wax and having her eyebrows threaded.

She says: ‘I don’t feel too happy about it as I already can’t wear face masks for long, as I cannot breathe and suffer from anxiety.

‘Supermarkets are just about OK – but for longer periods (and especially places where you go to switch off and treat yourself) it is really hard, as you can’t just relax.

‘You are more stressed not being able to breathe with a mask on.

‘I just feel like we are back to where we started all over again – with all this face masks on and off, travel OK and then not OK, then isolating etc.

‘I don’t understand why the government can’t seem to find a way to control things and make it right.

‘I can’t see it ever getting better again and that face masks are here to stay.’

Those visiting salons will have to wear a mask for their appointment (Picture: Getty)

But it’s not just customers who have strong feelings about the new measures.

Natasha Grossman, a general manager at HOB Salons, explains that while her team supports making the salon as safe as possible, she is a bit concerned about the impact it might have on business.

She tells Metro.co.uk: ‘As a business, we will do whatever it takes to reduce the risk of spreading Covid as best we can.

‘While things felt like they were slowly getting back to a new normal, wearing masks is a small price to pay in terms of keeping our teams and clients safe and our salon doors open. 

‘However, we do fear it will affect the business because clients feel less confident in making social arrangements and, therefore, if people aren’t going out as frequently, they do compromise on not visiting the salon as often. 

‘We’re hoping that our existing clients know how great our health and safety measures are, and we will be doing all that we can to reiterate those measures as well as communicate to new clients that their health and safety is our number one priority.’

Ricky Walters, from SALON64, agrees that while hairdressers are happy to stop the spread in any way possible, it’s a shame the new rules feel like a step backwards.

Nevertheless, his team are constantly adapting and staying positive.

He tells Metro.co.uk: ‘Although it’s such a shame that the battle against Covid is still ongoing, the team at 64 – as well as our clients – are happy to do whatever it takes in order to eradicate this awful virus.

‘We have even developed certain techniques in order to cope with mask wearing, such as being able to hold the mask strings while tidying up around a gent’s hairline and pinning the masks lower down when creating hair-ups.

‘We have such a positive and upbeat atmosphere at 64 and know having masks on will certainly not bring us or our clients down.’

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