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People in Wales become first in UK this year to get haircuts in salons

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People in Wales have become the first in the UK to get their hair cut in a salon this year after the country’s restrictions on close contact services were eased.

Hairdressers and barbers were allowed to reopen on Monday for haircut appointments only and with a number of safety measures in place to prevent the spread of coronavirus.

First Minister Mark Drakeford said last week that businesses in the sector, which had been shut since Wales entered lockdown on December 20, would be allowed to reopen because they have “gone through everything that is needed in order to operate safely”.

Customers at Sleep When You’re Dead barbers in Cardiff said they felt “relieved” and “refreshed” after having their hair cut for the first time in 2021.

Coronavirus – Mon Mar 15, 2021 / PA Wire

David Saunders, 38, who runs a healthcare clinic, told the PA news agency: “My appointment was cancelled when they shut in December, so I haven’t had a haircut since the summer.

“I was going a little stir crazy.

“My wife says having a haircut is really important to how I am around the house, and with family and work.

“When my hair is a mess, I feel as if I’m appearing as a mess.

“A lot of my meetings are online, and I feel as if I’m not portraying my business in the way I’d want to.

“So it’s had a huge impact.”

Mr Saunders also said he had missed the camaraderie and social aspect of visiting his barbers, adding: “I think the health aspect and psychology is really underestimated.”

Coronavirus – Mon Mar 15, 2021 / PA Wire

Dan Thain, 36, who owns a fire and security business, told PA: “I feel refreshed, a bit more normal and ready to go again.

“It’s like we can see light at the end of the tunnel.

“If you’re dealing with customers, it looks good if you turn up and you’re looking and feeling a bit sharper.”

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