When can hairdressers and barbers open again in the UK?

SHAGGY-haired Brits will finally be able to have their locks cut with hairdressers and barbers to reopen on July 4.

Boris Johnson announced that hair salons will reopen next month, ending weeks of DIY disasters.

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 Hairdressers and barbers have been closed due to the coronavirus lockdown


Hairdressers and barbers have been closed due to the coronavirus lockdown

When will hairdressers and barbers open again

Boris Johnson announced today, June 23, that hairdressers will be able to reopen on July 4.

Hairdressers had already been told they would have to wait until at least that date to get cutting again.

It comes as part of phase three of the government’s plan to ease the coronavirus lockdown and get Britain moving again.

The move  will boost the morale of millions in desperate need of grooming after 13 weeks lockdown.

Couples have been forced to carry out calamitous clipper jobs on each other’s hair, often resulting in bitter rows.

Health secretary Matt Hancock gave a strong hint that people would be able to get a cut from July 4, telling Sky’s Sophy Ridge: “I wouldn’t rule it out”.

He added: “A lot of the country does need a haircut. We need to do that in a safe way.”

Beauty bookings app Treatwell has seen an astonishing 410 per cent increase in appointments being made at the end of May in comparison with the beginning of lockdown.

Speaking to the Daily Mail, celebrity hair stylist Michael Van Clarke revealed his Soho salon already has a 3,000-person waitlist for when it reopens in July.

In the meantime, businesses can still sell items to customers online, such as shampoo or at home treatments, and have been allowed to pick them up from salons since June 15.

They have to follow strict rules, which include not allowing customers to go inside shops.

You can also get face-to-face advice from your hairdresser but you will have to keep 2m apart.

When they do reopen for treatments staff may have to wear dentist-style PPE.

Salons and barbers in the UK have had their doors closed since late March when non-essential shops were asked to close in a bid to slow the spread of coronavirus.

 Barber shops in the UK could reopen from July 4


Barber shops in the UK could reopen from July 4Credit: AFP or licensors

How will social distancing work when getting your hair cut?

According to the government’s 50-page blueprint, hairdressers and barbers are among businesses which will not be allowed to reopen until they meet “Covid-19-secure” guidelines.

This may include measures such as the use of face masks – as has been seen for hair salons in countries in Europe – and social distancing.

“Many measures require the development of new safety guidelines that set out how each type of physical space can be adapted to operate safely,” the government document reads.

Salons are likely to operate at only 50 per cent capacity in order to maintain social distancing measures, with those cutting your hair working on shift patterns to minimise contact with staff and customers.

 It's hard to self-distance when working on somebody's hair


It’s hard to self-distance when working on somebody’s hairCredit: Getty Images – Getty

It is also likely that not every station in the salon will be used, with hairdressers working at every other station in a bid to maintain a two-metre distance between them.

The British Beauty Council recommends that staff wear gloves, masks and gowns, while customers will also likely have to wear masks and will not be able to have many belongings on them.

Meanwhile the National Hair and Beauty Federation has asked hairdressers to keep salon chat to a minimum and avoid “face-to-face discussions with clients”.

Underground hairdressers and stylists have been popping up as desperate Brits search for a way to sort out their barnets.

What should I do if I’m a hairdresser?

This is a stressful time for all self-employed workers and hairdressers are no different.

The government has pledged support to self-employed people in the United Kingdom as well as full-time workers.

Self-employed workers can read our guide on how to get financial help during this crisis.

Some workers will be eligible for the furlough scheme – if you are, you can read our guide on what the emergency measures mean for you.

The furlough scheme has been extended until October.

Should I cut my own hair at home?

There are many ways to cut yours or your loved ones’ hair – and you don’t have to be too handy with the clippers to achieve them either.

From cutting your fringe at home to cutting men’s hair with clippers for a short back and sides, we have it all covered for you.

But if you are after a more general guide to cutting your hair at home, this handy guide should be able to help.

How to cut your own hair as hairdressers close amid coronavirus outbreak


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