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Coronavirus: What is the future for hairdressing salons when lockdown eases in Northern Ireland? Stylist Paul Stafford ready for new way of doing things when doors reopen

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Paul Stafford in his salon before lockdown and social distancing rules were introduced

Paul Stafford in his salon before lockdown and social distancing rules were introduced

Paul Stafford in his salon before lockdown and social distancing rules were introduced

Longer opening hours, visor-wearing stylists and reduced capacity could be the new normal at hairdressing salons here when business resumes, says one top stylist.

Award-winning Paul Stafford, who runs his own salon on Belfast's Lisburn Road, said that as of June 1, he and his team will be looking at putting plans in place for reopening when Northern Ireland reaches stage four of the Executive's lockdown exit strategy, the stage when "other 'contact' retail (hairdressers, fitness studios, tattoo and piercing parlours) can open subject to mitigations following risk assessment".

What people probably don't fully appreciate until now is the fact that hairdressing is not a service. Paul Stafford

"There's no doubt the salon is going to look and feel different. It will be a completely new experience," said Mr Stafford.