Nicola Sturgeon: Opening of hairdressers in ‘pure self-interest’

Nicola Sturgeon has pledged to Scotland's women that she will open hairdressers as soon as possible – as she insisted that she does not have a secret hairdresser, despite social media claims.

In response to a question by MSP Annabelle Ewing Ms Sturgeon said hairdressers would be open as soon as possible, which she insisted was out of “pure self-interest” – but admitted she could not yet give a specific date.

Ms Ewing told the Scottish Parliament’s Covid-19 committee that she had a question for the First Minister that she said a lot of women across Scotland would want to know the answer to.

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She asked: “When can we go to the hairdressers?”

First Minister Nicola Sturgeon said that the opening of hairdressers was in "pure self-interest".

Ms Sturgeon said: "I’m not going to give you a date, but I can give you a 100 per cent assurance though that I will not delay our ability to visit the hairdresser any longer than is necessary. I am saying that out of pure self-interest, as anybody looking at me can see."

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She added: "There are still conspiracy theories that circulate on social media from time to time that I have got a secret hairdresser somewhere.

"I can say, firstly, that's not true, but, secondly, I don't know how anybody looking at me right now could reach that conclusion. No hairdresser is responsible, or would take responsibility, for this, so hairdressers – just as quickly as it’s possible to do."

Last month, the First Minister announced the gradual reopening of the economy, including shops, hospitality, gyms and hairdressers.

Scotland will also move back into a levels system from the final week in April, depending on the progress of the vaccinations’ programme.

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