Are hairdressers now open in Scotland? Date hair salons and barber shops can reopen as lockdown measures relaxed

Scotland is now in phase 3 in the route map out of lockdown, but are hairdressers now open?

Scotland is now in phase 3 in the easing of lockdown restrictions, and it’s good news for those who have been eagerly waiting for a haircut, as hairdressers have now reopened their doors to customers.

Ms Sturgeon also recently announced that beauticians and nail salons will be able to open on Wednesday 22 July.

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What will going to the hairdresser be like post-lockdown?

Hairdressers and barber shops look set to reopen next month in Scotland (Photo: Shutterstock)

Hair cuts bring clients in close contact with their stylist, and certain safety and hygiene measures are in place to keep both customers and staff safe.

The National Hair and Beauty Federation (NHBF) has issued guidance to businesses that are reopening their doors, giving advice on how best to keep customers and staff safe in order to prevent the spread of coronavirus.

In some salons, you may have to have online consultations before your appointment, to reduce the amount of time you spend in contact with your stylist.

The guidance reads, "Consider offering online consultations to reduce the appointment time.

“This could be done before your salon or barbershop is fully open for business. This also gives you an opportunity to talk to clients about safety measures you’re taking to protect them and your team and to establish if an allergy alert test is needed".

The NHBF has also advised keeping the chit-chat to a minimum in order to prevent transmission of the virus via infected droplets.

Instead, the guidance advises that “discussions about cut, colour and treatments should be made via the mirror while standing behind the client and kept to a minimum.”

The guidelines also include asking customers not to bring jackets coats indoors as the virus can stay on fabric for a few days.

In Germany, customers who visit salons are being asked to wash their hands thoroughly upon arrival. Customers and stylists must also wear face masks.

Equipment will be washed thoroughly after use, and a 1.5 metre distance must be maintained between staff and customers, except for when the haircut is taking place.

Customers and staff will be expected to follow the usual precautions against transmission, including washing hands thoroughly and staying at home if they feel unwell.