HAIRDRESSERS have been told NOT to offer highlights, braids or other ‘long’ treatments when they reopen on Monday.
Instead things should be kept “short and basic” to reduce the time customers spend in the chair.
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Salons are gearing up for their grand reopening on April 12, with some starting at midnight and booked out for weeks.
But government guidance states hair and beauty salons “should consider providing shorter, more basic treatments to keep the time to a minimum”.
So shaggy-haired Brits looking forward to long-awaited treatments may find they cannot book anything considered a ‘long’ or ‘complex’ procedure.
This could include highlights, braids or deep conditioning treatments.
The guidance adds that when doing longer procedures such as braiding or massages, workers should “consider how the length of the appointment could be minimised”.
The rules have been branded “slapdash” among calls for further clarity from ministers.
Judith Cummins, the Labour MP who co-chairs Parliament’s group on beauty, aesthetics and wellbeing, told The Telegraph: “It’s very difficult to make a living if you’re given guidance that is very woolly and very unclear.
“What’s a short appointment, and what’s the medium appointment, and what’s a long appointment?
“I’ve got no idea, and I doubt whether the Government has any idea either.”