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The NI women who have saved a fortune on beauty treatments during lockdown… so will they rush back to the salon?


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No treatment: Samara Prentice

No treatment: Samara Prentice

Kevin Scott / Belfast Telegraph

Fresh thinking: Sharon Ayton

Fresh thinking: Sharon Ayton

Sharon Ayton before lockdown

Sharon Ayton before lockdown

Sharon with her grandchildren, Josh and Jacob

Sharon with her grandchildren, Josh and Jacob

Samara before lockdown

Samara before lockdown

Samara before lockdown

Samara before lockdown

Samara with husband Paul and children Jude, Ollie, Jessie and Cole

Samara with husband Paul and children Jude, Ollie, Jessie and Cole

Kind acts: Denize McKeown

Kind acts: Denize McKeown

Denize McKeown before lockdown

Denize McKeown before lockdown

Denize with her husband Stephen and son Elliott

Denize with her husband Stephen and son Elliott

No treatment: Samara Prentice

With permission to reopen on July 6, salons across the country are bracing themselves for a stampede of desperate clients, who have gone months without their usual appointments. Here, three women tell Stephanie Bell how lockdown has made them reflect on the amount of money they spend on beauty treatments.

‘I have had my monthly appointments for 12 years... lockdown has been a revelation’

Grandmother Sharon Ayton (51) works part time as a holistic therapist and lives in Dundonald.

She has been a regular visitor to her local beauty salon for the past 12 years, but during lockdown was surprised to discover that she can carry out some of the treatments at home herself.

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Sharon Ayton before lockdown

Sharon Ayton before lockdown

Sharon Ayton before lockdown