DESPERATE Brits can finally put an end to their mane misery with hair salons officially reopening on April 12.
And while there are a number of changes that are likely to remain going forward – including no blow dries, perspex screen and carefully measured out stations – it seems we could also expect to pay more to fix our troublesome lockdown hair.
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Some people might be charged extra for colour treatmentsCredit: Getty Images – Getty
The PM told MPs in the House of Commons his plan yesterday to get the country back to normal after the huge success of Britain’s speedy vaccine rollout.
As part of the roadmap released this week, hairdressers will be opened as part of the second phase.
Hairdressers were ordered to shut for four months in the March lockdown last year as well, leaving millions desperate to get back to the salon.
When they reopened, many salons increased their prices – and it’s likely it’ll happen again.
Following the first UK lockdown which saw salons reopen in July 2020, a leading hairdressers in Ireland, Peter Mark, announced that customers would be charged an extra €60 (£54) if they’ve used at-home dye kits during lockdown.
And since many desperate Brits turned to DIY colouring during lockdown – with varying degrees of success – the idea left many people understandably annoyed.
Some salons are charging customers for the use of PPE equipment tooCredit: Getty Images – Getty
Peter Mark, which has 60 hairdressers across Ireland, also told customers that those with longer than usual roots will be charged an additional “regrowth” fee to cover the amount of work, and product, involved in correcting the hair.
The salon announced its new policies on social media at the time explaining they would be introducing a “colour extend service,” a “colour detox service,” and a “colour restore service.”
The statement read: “To adjust for the time that has elapsed since your last salon service our teams may need to perform one of three technical applications.
“These are to address long regrowth, uneven or patchy colour and hair that has faded. These additional technical services may require a longer appointment time and should be factored into your salon visit.”
Potential customers were left fuming with many dubbing the move “disgraceful”.
One wrote: “Well you will be pricing yourself out of business as people won’t come in on principle!!”
While another said: “Disgraceful when people show loyalty to ur business. Will never go back after this.”
A spokesperson for Peter Mark explained to The Irish Mirror at the time that clients could face the added costs so stylists could “restore their hair to its former colour” adding that it “will take extra time and product.”
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They said: “A client can say they don’t want the extra service based on the consultation with their stylist.
“However if the stylist has examined their hair and feels it’s necessary, it would come with the caveat that all of their grey for example might not be covered if they decided not to go for the extended root growth service,” they added.
While this new policy isn’t something that’ll be enforced by all salons, some people have reported their hairdresser also charging extra for PPE – which is a requirement suggested by the British Beauty Council.
Gina Conway of Aveda Salons & Spas previously told the Daily Mail:”Prices will go up because we have been working on improving everything over these months to fight the crisis.
“Also with the new PPE equipment needed and sterilisation for things like brushes and scissors, prices have to increase to reflect that.”
Taking to Twitter one user claimed that she was told by her hairdresser that “all salons have been told to charge clients/customers for PPE and additional costs to cover the business for loss of clients”.
Meanwhile, another user said their eyebrow salon was charging extra for PPE, too saying: “It’s not just hairdressers. My Eyebrow salon wants to charge €5 per person/apt for their PPE!!!”
And another added: “I had a call from my salon today as I had an appointment booked a day before everything closed, she told me that I can book but the salon is doing 1/2 days for each stylist with only two in the salon at one time and the have a charge for the PPE they require me to wear.”
However, prices may have gone up following the last lockdown, and may or may not rise again – but ask about prices ahead of your appointment.
Fabulous Digital has also contacted Peter Mark for comment.
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