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It was one of the first things we were all desperate for after lockdown – a trip to the hairdresser! ESP’s Heath and Beauty columnist Emily Rawlinson checked out how good we’re feeling back in the salon chair…

With the hair industry back open and the beauty industry hopeful to reopen fully on August 15, how do you feel about going to have your hair or nails done?

I imagine a lot of people have already gone to have their hair cut, dyed, fixed etc and the experience is definitely different to what we’re used to. No waiting area, no drinks, less staff/clients in at one time and your stylist wearing a visor, but we can see how dedicated the local salon owners are to providing a safe environment for their staff and clients.

Amongst others Giorgios Barbers and Pkai Hair Salon, both based in Queensgate’s Westgate Arcade and Michael John are all back up and running in the city centre.

Before reopening, Peterborough’s Michael John Hair Artwork (pictured above) said – “We can appreciate that this has been and will continue to be a nervous time for everyone, and we would like to let everyone know that we are putting all the measures in place for the safety and well-being of all clients and staff.”

It’s important to appreciate the fact that our hairdressers have been working all hours to fit their clients in along with these changes that have created extra costs and increased appointment times to allow for thorough cleaning. My personal experience has been great and it was nice to have some normality back and a pamper day for myself.

Other members of the ESP team are reporting similar positive salon experiences with the likes of Zuri in Werrington, Emilio Hair Design in Woodston and Steadman & Co at the PE1 Retail Park in Eye among many local salons all getting the thumbs up for their safety measures.

Ellen Steadman told ESP – “We have employed all the government guidelines and made sure that our clients safety comes first above all else! We have all the necessary PPE, a hand sanitisation station, hand gels at each styling station, and deep cleaning between each client. We are still serving refreshments if clients would like drinks, however these are in recyclable disposable paper cups. We are fully committed to keeping our clients safe but also making sure they have a great experience and go home feeling fabulous!”

Karen Miller our fashion stylist told ESP – “I went to Emilio Hair Design in Woodston, my mum has been going there for years and he does a cracking job of cutting and colour. They have everything in place for Health and Safety, all wearing masks, cleaning of furniture after every client, chairs at opposite ends of the salon, sanitizers and screens. It’s, very well done and I definitely felt safe, so I’d happily recommend them.”

In my previous posts, I wrote about DIY treatments to make yourself feel better and as much as these are great to do, it’s never quite the same as going to a salon and having it done for you. If you can go and have a treatment done at a local salon or beauty establishment, please leave them reviews, share them on Instagram or Facebook, and post about them as everyone needs our support right now.

Emily Rawlinson

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