People show off their first haircuts after barbers reopen

The Covid-19 lockdown has cast into a new light many things that many of us previously took for granted – like a visit to the barbers.

Locks have been allowed to grow unchecked over months of enforced inactivity at salons and barber shops.

So perhaps it was not surprising that queues began to form early outside some hairdressers' when they were finally allowed to re-open today – with strict new guidelines in place.

And people took to social media to show their freshly-shorn barnets.

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In the city centre, huge queues formed outside the popular 051 barbers, while more waited in line on Smithdown Road.

There were also reports that the queues for barbers on Derby Lane in Old Swan were "madness".

Before the salons reopened, Liverpool's hairdressers shared their hopes and fears about reopening.

Speaking to the ECHO, The Salon owner David Halsall said: "We have now removed every other chair from around the salon to ensure social distancing rules are followed. This will give each client move space between each other too.

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"We also have a member of staff who, for the time being, will not be doing hair but instead will be in charge of a full clean down after every client leave the salon.

"We also have hand sanitisers at each chair too so clients can use it with ease."

The National Hair and Beauty Federation (NHBF) has advised members to keep chat "to a minimum" to protect both staff and customers.

Their advice issued to barbers and walk-in salons is: "Avoid face-to-face discussions with clients. Discussions about cut, colour and treatments should be made via the mirror while standing behind the client and kept to a minimum.

"You can lower the risk of infection if you stand or sit side-to-side rather than facing people. Consider offering online consultations to reduce the appointment time.

“This could be done before your salon or barbershop is fully open for business. This also gives you an opportunity to talk to clients about safety measures you’re taking to protect them and your team and to establish if an allergy alert test is needed."

On the day of reopening, those desperate for a trim reported queues outside every barber shop on County Road by 9am.

Liverpool's Lib Dem leader, Cllr Richard Kemp, also shared his "before and after" look.

One person shared on Twitter that he’d managed to be first in line at his barbers after setting his alarm clock for 5.15am.

Huge queues for 051 barbers on Whitechapel

Another said he arrived more than an hour before the shop was due to open to find others queuing and even sitting in deck chairs to wait.

A third said he’d left his house early in hopes of avoiding queues – only to find at least 30 people ahead of him, so he waited in the rain until it was his turn.

While barber shops and hairdressers were permitted to open from today, nail salons, tanning salons and tattoo shops still await news from the Government.