Whether its getting a haircut or getting married, a small sense of normality has returned to England just after midnight, with hair salons and wedding venues reopening.
Sandra Jacobs was among the first people through the door at Tusk Hair in Camden on Saturday morning when the north London business opened its doors just after midnight for the first time in three and a half months.
Despite the abundance of masks, aprons and faceshields serving as a reminder of the new normal of post-Covid society, Jacobs said she was just relieved to be sitting in owner Carole Rickabys salon chair again.
“Its such a relief, I cant tell you,” she said. “My hair was everywhere. Id been wearing hats to hide it.
“It was nice to feel a bit like normal again.”
Rickaby was also relishing the opportunity to pick up the scissors again but she said working with the added protective gear will take some getting used to.
“Were being very cautious with aprons and facemasks, but it can be a bit of a problem. I wear glasses, so wearing a mask as well made my glasses steam up whenever I tried to talk.
Things are only set to get busier for Rickaby, with bookings flooding in over the last few days.
“Im just happy to be able to come back to work,” she said. “Getting a haircut is a big boost for mental health and thats exactly what people need right now.”