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Beauticians and hairdressers in Stamford, Rutland and Market Deeping prepare to open on April 12

People will soon be able to bid goodbye to their corona cut and have a well-deserved pampering as beauty salons and hairdressers prepare to reopen.

Prime Minister Boris Johnson confirmed earlier this week that hairdressers and beauty salons would be allowed to reopen on Monday (April 12).

With many people having not been able to visit salons since before Christmas, beauticians and hairdressers have received a flurry of bookings.

The team at Rutland Health and Beauty
The team at Rutland Health and Beauty

Amy Thornley, owner of All Saints Hairdressers in Oakham, said: “We are open nearly all hours from 9am until 8pm most days just because we are trying to get everyone in.

“We’ve also got a couple of people working Sundays as well just to get back into it as everyone wants the 12th but we are booked up until June.”

With some people trying to colour their own hair during lockdown the team will have their work cut out for them.

The outside area at Hannah Coxhead Hair Studio in Oakham
The outside area at Hannah Coxhead Hair Studio in Oakham

Amy said: “Shop-bought colours are completely different and can be quite strong and damaging.

“We will need to get the colour and condition back to how it was before - we are all about the condition - it will be a challenge but we love a challenge.”

A large garden area at Hannah Coxhead Hair Studio in Oakham will provide an additional space for clients to sit while their colour or treatments develop.

With people’s roots having more than four months worth of regrowth as well as social distancing measures, the time allocated for each client will be longer.

Hannah, owner, said: “I actually think we will continue to work like this even when covid is over.

Hannah Coxhead
Hannah Coxhead

“Continuing to have longer appointments is a nicer experience for clients and for us.”

Hannah is also looking at employing more staff to help with the demand.

While hairdressers tackle people’s long locks, the team at Rutland Beauty is ‘raring to go’ as they prepare to deal with hair in other places.

“There will be a lot of hair removal - a lot of legs need waxing and eyebrows threading,” said Ruth Foster, owner. “A couple of people have tried to do things with wax themselves and got in a bit of a pickle.

“They swore they wouldn’t do it again and will leave it to the professionals, and understood how good our waxing is.”

She added: “We are just so delighted we have so many loyal clients as do so many of the salons in the town.

“We feel very glad to be getting back to seeing everybody - they are like friends.”

Maria Stokes, owner of the Beauty Retreat in Market Deeping, has introduced a new facial ahead of reopening.

She said: “I’m really excited for the future.

“During lockdown, a number of people have done the same thing, and had a revelation of what they want out of life. I’m honing in on the business and doing things I personally want to do which is skincare and facials.”

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