Salons are being warned to resist the temptation to offer black market cuts as many continue to offer home visits.
With no end to the lockdown in sight for salons, desperate self-employed beauticians and hairdressers are posting adverts on Gumtree offering to go to people’s homes and give them makeovers.
Now, the National Hair and Beauty Federation (NHBF) has issued a warning to hairdresses and barbers trying to find a way around the lockdown.
In an email sent out today, it urged members not to go in people’s homes, warning them they would not be covered by insurance.
Some enterprising salons have instead turned to Instagram and Zoom to show people how to safely cut and style their own hair at home.
Adverts on Gumtree from mobile hairdressers and beauty therapists are offering a range of at-home treatments, with discounts as many jostle for clients.
The NHBF has today sent a warning letter to salons, urging them not to go into people’s homes.
They wrote: ‘This would be against the Government’s strict social distancing instructions which say you must stay at home apart from essential travel.
‘We need to do all we can to prevent the spread of coronavirus.
‘Also-please bear in mind that your insurance will probably not cover you if you normally work in a salon or barbershop.’
The NHBF is also urging people against home-dyeing, warning they could suffer a ‘colour reaction such as a green tinge.’
Grace Poston-Miles, who runs Grace Hair and Beauty in Chichester, West Sussex, is posting regular advice for her customers alongside videos helping them to look their best through the lockdown.
Grace, who works with a number of Instagram ‘influencers’, YouTubers and styled the hair for guests at Joe Wicks’ wedding, is offering clients one-to-one tailored advice and sending out care packages.
She told MailOnline she was posting tips for people to care for their hair during lockdown, while spending the time she would usually be working to help local charities.
Grace said: ‘It’s mad that people are breaking the lockdown rules and offering their services on Gumtree, and I wouldn’t really advise anyone to cut their own hair.
‘But I am posting tips to help people look after their hair. I’m also showing people how to hide their roots by trying out different styles.
‘I’m stocking Davines, Olaplex, Easilocks, Tangle Teezer and I’ve donated a balloon rainbow to Bognor War Memorial Hospital to brighten staff and patients’ day.
‘I’ve also donated a trolley of food to my local food bank, they have seen an 81% rise in need for their services and lower than ever donations. I will be making a regular donation to them every time I do an essential shop.’
Experts claim some 41,000 hair and beauty salons could remain closed until late 2020 at least because social distancing is not possible in the close-contact environments.
But freelance hair, nail and beauty workers are not eligible for the Government’s furlough scheme so are being forced to turn to Universal Credit.
Hairdressers have opened their doors in other countries recently, including Germany, which allowed salons to open on Monday for the first time in seven weeks.
Salons have to abide by strict rules including disposable face masks, social distancing of 1.5m, compulsory hair washing, and no magazines in waiting areas.
Britons have been unable to get their haircut since Boris Johnson put the country on shutdown on March 23. Many have had to resort to cutting their own hair or entrusting their loved ones to do it for them.