Barbers and Hairdressers Classed as Key Workers

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A new survey has revealed that more than a third of Scots want their hairdressers to be classed as key workers when the country faces a new lockdown.

The survey of 1, 500 people also revealed that 33% wanted hairdressing salons and salons to be excluded from future road closures ordered by the government.

It was the men who were most worried about their haircut (or its absence), with 36% of men saying they wished their hairdresser to remain open when the country is faced with a new lockdown. This was compared with 31% of women.

The study also found that 61% of women had tried to do at least one haircut themselves during the limits. But only 53% of men had tried their hair on their own.

The survey was commissioned by Sovereign Grooming, which owns salons in New Waverley in Edinburgh and Union Street in Aberdeen.

Kyle Ross, CEO of Sovereign Grooming, said: “Like most, we have been overwhelmed by the response from customers to our reopening after lockdown and our calendars have been filled for the past six weeks.

“Therefore, I am not surprised to see such a large proportion of men, in particular, eager to see the salons remain open. They play a huge role in male mental well-being.

“The Scottish government’s approach to salons has radically changed between the first and second inclusions.

“After the first, the salons were among the last stores to reopen. But this time the government has involved us in the first wave of opening up.

“The reality is that salons are very well-controlled and sterile environments that can be safely operated with social distancing.”

Kyle also showed a big change since the last containment – the growing popularity of longer hairstyles, especially retro, like mule!


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