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After pondering ideas for the May insert of our blog, I decided I may as well write about the sole topic on everyone’s minds. The big ‘C’.
I write this blog now exactly 44 days into the longest, strangest time of my life also known as “isolation”. I personally am finding the situation especially strange because I don’t think I have spent longer than a week at home in over ten years. On March 23rd I, along with millions of others in the UK, left my full-time job as a barber to stay at home and isolate. Unbeknownst to me, I was in fact entering into weeks of back-breaking labour readying my home for the summer. Isolation has been the first time for me to dedicate and treat Urban Tonic like a full-time job as such, which has been an amazing journey so far. It’s gave me the chance to reflect, to look at were we started and how far we’ve come. Many of those reading this will be fully self employed, and to you I truly take my hat off. It’s not for the faint hearted, especially in the challenging times we find ourselves in paired with the uncertainty that lies ahead.
With spending more time at home, I was keen to see what my normal Monday morning ‘screen time’ notification was going to tell me. When the alert arrived, I was unsurprised to see that I had spent 20% more time browsing social media, particularly on the newly trendy “Tik Tok”, which I have now ashamedly given in to. (If you want see a chubby bearded guy dance to trending songs, check me out! Username- Adamlightbody). Through all the flicking on social media I noticed an upcoming trend that concerned me as a barber, people shaving their head. At this time of writing, I think the trend has now passed, and we have found a new outlet for out ever-growing sense of desperation. Those who have been craving the therapeutic ‘buzz’ of a clipper are now running out of patience. As a barber, I look at this phenomenon in a multitude of ways. I mean, I’m always up for a bit of craic with people shaving their heads, but I can’t help but wonder…
Am I going to have a clients left with any hair to cut when the time comes?
Be patient…wear a hat…consider a new style. Your barber is going to need your support when they reopen!
At present, we currently do not have any guidelines for reopening of businesses. That being said, with further discussions and possible slow-release of isolation pending the PM’s talk this coming Sunday 10th May, we can only hope for some sort of a return to the norm.
Lastly, to the bearded guys. Unfortunately, there is no light on the horizon for the bearded brethren as the possibility of barbers carrying out beard trims was ruled out before lockdown, never mind after it. So… here’s to getting a beard trim in 2021! Cheers! By the looks of it, barbershops who obey new regulations will be doing haircuts only. If we were to take guidelines from the news announced by the Taoiseach in the South of Ireland, that could be as far away as July. Below are some of the new regulations that are likely to be in effect when you next visit the barbershop.
- Shops are allowed to run at 30% capacity.
- No more walk-in haircuts, all cuts will be done by appointment only.
- The washing of hair will take place before any cutting.
- Use of full PPE including spit guards and face masks.
- No small talk, consultations will be brief and to the point.
Getting a haircut will be a whole new experience for you, but a trialing one for your barber!