A new hairdresser and beautician has opened in Yeovil after having to postpone its opening date due to coronavirus restrictions.
Blue Shampoo, on Market Street, was scheduled to open on January 2, but that was postponed to April 12 due to lockdown guidelines.
Since then, co-owner Lauren Daly has said they have to be “very strict” in what they can do, only allowing three clients in the salon at a time.
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Ms Daly said they hope they can get rid of the masks and strict rules from June 21, when they plan to hold an “open house.”
Despite the four-week postponement of that lockout easing date, Ms Daly and her co-owner Jo Green have decided to continue the event in limited capacity.
Celebrity chef Lesley Waters attended the event to cut the ceremonial hair piece – as opposed to a ribbon.
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Ms Daly said: “A number of people came in and then spread the word. We’ve had quite a few new customers who have messaged and asked to come, so that’s really positive.
Ms. Daly’s six-year-old daughter was also present on opening day to model the multi-colored “rainbow braids” and highlight the “warm, friendly and family vibe” their salon aims to create.
Ms Daly and Ms Green are both hairdressers, having previously worked together in a salon, and have now gone out on their own.
They have been rigorous in following Covid safety procedures, with social distancing, regular cleaning and face masks in place.
Ms Daly said: “It hasn’t been too bad actually, but it will be really good when it gets back to normal a bit.
“As staff we probably want to get rid of masks, but we fully support anyone who feels vulnerable or wants to come and wear their masks.
“We’re going to continue to clean between clients because I think it’s actually a good habit to get into, but wearing masks all day has been really tedious for ourselves and our eyesight, our health and our skin. “
The Blue Shampoo also offers a beautician service on the top floor of its premises, where clients can have their facials or nails done.
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