Post-lockdown demand has led to Northern Ireland's hair and beauty industry enjoying its busiest period since Christmas after reopening last month.
air and beauty salons reopened on July 6 with staff wearing personal protective equipment (PPE) and customers required to don masks when they turn up for appointments.
Hairdresser Andrew Mulvenna says balancing the huge demand from clients for cuts and colours with managing new hygiene regulations has been challenging.
"It has been a great month and even with the new regulations, we've been left feeling very reassured with Christmas levels of busyness which will last into August as we attempt to clear the backlog. The re-opening was pretty hectic and stressful in terms of dealing with the huge volume of phone calls and emails for appointments," he said.
"Each client has been really happy and offering plenty of elbow bumps which has been the silver lining of our Covid cloud.
"I think for some they have realised how emotionally rewarding having your hair done can be," he added.
Co Armagh stylist and Belfast Telegraph columnist Keris Weir says her Lurgan salon has been working at half capacity and some difficult decisions have had to be made.
"Obviously the industry is nothing like it was before due to social distancing and all the safety precautions in place. This has dramatically reduced the number of clients we can have in the salon and made appointment times much longer," she said.
"Previously I had nine chairs and that's now down to just four while our service menu has also been cut in half. We no longer offer a sole blow dry service and it really saddened me having to make that sacrifice given that some of our clients have been with me and my mother before me for over 40 years."
Belfast's Jason Shankey says while his salons in the city and in Holywood saw a huge surge in business in the first two weeks of reopening, things have now quietened down.
"Our male business has slowed off more than the female side which continues to be busy as there's more work involved. However we are hoping for a post pay-day boost from this week on and once more people start going back to work and socialising again," he explained.
"We haven't seen the full economy reawakening yet in terms of haircuts but I think there will be a resurgence in people wanting to look good again once things like the furlough scheme ends."
Ken McClure from Kenneth Michael Hair and Beauty in east Belfast added: "We have been fully booked with a waiting list but we have caught up on the backlog and some gaps are now starting to emerge for those who ring up for appointments.
"Always in the back of your mind is the threat of another lockdown situation and some clients asked to have quite a bit of their hair taken off in case they don't get back to us for a while."
But Ken, who is also vice president of the Northern Ireland Hairdressers Association, has also received several calls from people raising concerns about some hair salons not using PPE.
"Most of us are doing everything we can to protect ourselves, our staff and clients by wearing masks, visors, aprons etc
"While we don't have any power to do anything about this, we would urge those salons who are not complying with the guidance to please do so for the safety of everyone. If we ever want to get back to normal we all have to do what we can to help stop the spread of the virus," he said.
Business has also been booming in the beauty sector with Julie McCay, who runs The Nail Room in Carrickfergus, reporting a "crazy few weeks".
"When we re-opened we were very anxious to ensure that we were following all the procedures correctly but now that we have got into the way of it, it has just become the new 'norm'," she said.
"Thankfully the big demand has been there and we have come to realise just how much our clients appreciate what we do."