'I'm so excited' - South Tyneside hairdressers booked solid for weeks as customers return on April 12
Hairdressers and barbers are ready for an influx of customers eager to shed their lockdown haircuts as restrictions ease again today.
‘Personal care premises’, which also include nail parlours, are allowed to reopen, with many salons across the borough inundated with bookings following the Prime Minister’s roadmap announcement for April 12.
Sinead Clayton, who runs ‘The Hairdresser On The Corner,’ in Stanhope Road, South Shields, said she is fully booked until the end of May.
"I’m so excited,” the 30-year-old said.
"My phone has been like a hotline, it’s been amazing.
"Some people have even taken a day's holiday to get their hair cut.
"The first week of opening will be manic – I am fully booked until the end of May with back-to-back appointments.”
In the run up to reopening, Sinead has also restructured her salon to allow her to have additional clients while adhering to social distancing measures.
Like before, she will be wearing a mask, visor, apron and gloves while working. But Sinead also feels that the vaccine rollout has helped to increase the confidence of clients.
"I am so excited to see everybody,” Sinead added.
"I had a lot of clients that didn’t come in before because they were still a bit worried, but I would say that I have had more than a 20% increase in [bookings] now because of the vaccine, as the majority of those clients have had it.”