Hairdressers to wear face visors as hair salons prepare to re-open across the West Country

Hairdressers will have to wear face visors when they re-open.
Hairdressers will have to wear face visors when they re-open. Credit: ITV News

Hairdressers across the West Country are preparing to re-open - but it will be a very unusual experience for customers.

The Government has instructed all salons to ensure their staff wear full face visors and implement strict social distancing rules.

Steve Dyer, who runs a salon in Plymouth along with his wife Jo, says it will be surreal but he is glad to be back up and running.

"It's really exciting, it's a little bit of normality, people going back to their routines that they haven't been able to do during lockdown," Steve said.

"Some people visit salons every few weeks. I think it's one of the first things people have been looking forward to."

Steve Dyer runs a salon in Plymouth. Credit: ITV News

Steve and Jo's salon is fully booked up until mid-August - and he says they will take care to make sure everyone stays safe.

"Obviously we are going to be touching people's hair. We'll be wearing visors and gloves, we have sanitising stations, we'll be using every other chair. It will be tough for the first couple of days but when everyone is used to it I think it will run a bit more smoothly."

Yoke salon in Plymouth will re-open on Saturday. Credit: ITV News

The Government's furlough scheme means Steve has been able to keep all his staff on the books.

But as that begins to wind up, opening the doors again can't come soon enough.

"I'd be lying if I said we didn't need to [open again]," Steve said. "As long as things go smoothly I think we'll be back on track before you know it."