As today is April 12, it marks the latest easing of lockdown restrictions in England.
There were many things we missed during lockdown but high up on the list for me was getting my hair cut.
I am one of those annoying smug people that got an appointment as soon as the doors opened.
My usual hair salon is ‘Headmasters’, however my local was fully-booked so I had to go further afield to Fulham (*gets out small violin*) in order to get a fresh cut.
So I braved the icy temperatures and went on a trip for a trim.
Once at my chair, which had been fully sanitised, I was greeted by a lovely stylist. I didn’t catch her name as it’s completely impossible to know what anyone is saying over the sound of a hair dryer and without the use of lip reading thanks to facemasks.
The noise issue meant I had no idea what style I had actually agreed to but I just nodded and off we went to the sink for a much-needed wash.
With this area a bit quieter, I was able to get chatting to my stylist and apologised for the state of my hair.
She said I needn’t worry as a previous client she’d seen that day had fully bleached her scalp by a DIY hair dye gone wrong. We laughed at how at least it wasn’t as bad as that girl who used Gorilla glue instead of hairspray over lockdown.
Having been put at ease, I proceeded to almost fall asleep at the sink, having been void of the relaxing feeling of someone touching my hair for many months now (but the amount of antihistamines I’d taken due to the seasonal hayfever could have played a part in my drowsiness).
Hair washed, it was time for a trim.
We got chatting and I dispelled how inevitably uneventful my love life had been over the past year and found myself revealing my innermost secrets.
It was then that I realised how much I’d missed a gossip with a hair-stylist.
You never know this person and yet their close proximity means that for the hour you’re in the chair they low-key feel like family.
When I asked my stylist about it she said: “A haircut is like a therapy session without the price tag. I’ve had people tell me things they couldn’t even tell their husbands.
“There is just something about the safe non-judgemental environment of a ladies hair salon.”
As my haircut neared an end, it was clear my stylist was just very happy to be back at work.
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“I had so many friends ask me to cut their hair over lockdown,” she tells me. “But you wouldn’t ask your friend that’s a plumber to kit out your bathroom for free”.
Very fair point.
My hair finally took shape and I was back with a lovely fresh trim, ready to scour out a pub garden.
I had that awkward moment where they show you the back of your head and you don’t know what to do. Luckily this time, I had the protection of a mask so I could just nod and my awkward expression remained a mystery- every cloud!
Hopefully I’ll never have to wait as long for a cut again!