Beauty salon owners say they have been inundated with requests from clients to book appointments after the Executive confirmed they could reopen soon.
It has been a long 12 weeks for those who have been sorely missing their facials and massages, lash and brow treatments.
But this week brought the news that they do not have too much longer to wait.
Businesses normally involving close contact such as hairdressers, barbers, nail bars and beauty parlours can reopen from July 6.
The latest steps were made possible because of the low transmission rate of coronavirus.
It follows weeks of pressure on Stormont ministers for guidance on when the industry could reopen and what PPE will be needed.
The sector has been closed since mid-March - putting enormous financial pressure on hundreds of businesses.
Julie McCay (42), who runs The Nail Room in Carrickfergus, was overwhelmed at the response from her clients following Thursday's announcement.
"To say we've been inundated with appointment requests would be an understatement," she said.
"While it has been a bit overwhelming, we're getting through the bookings as best we can.
"Although Covid-19 has impacted how we now operate, we are aiming to take as many clients as social distancing measures allow.
"Our loyal regulars will get first choice, which I'm sure other clients will understand.
"We've also asked those who aren't in as much of a rush to get booked in if they maybe wouldn't mind waiting until our second week of opening for their appointments."
Julie, a mother-of-two, is looking forward to getting back to work next month after three months of lockdown, especially as her husband Sezer Askar, from Rumours Coffee House in the town, has been back in business for the last three weeks. "It's just brilliant to finally have a date to work towards and be out of the unknown," she said.
"I've had so many clients getting in touch over recent weeks begging me for appointments and I just had to tell them that until Arlene (Foster) tells me it's okay there's nothing I can do!
"I have been in business for 13 years, and while I've enjoyed the time at home, I also felt really guilty that I've let my clients down by not being able to offer them my services."
Linzi Fisher Avery (36) has also been bombarded with appointment requests. She has been at the helm of Beauty Secrets Bangor for six years and is urging clients not to panic.
"It all went a bit crazy on Thursday night after we put a Facebook post up with the news we'd all been waiting for," Linzi said.
"There was this huge influx of about 100 messages, but we're getting everyone booked in.
"Nails, brows and waxing are the main areas that our clients are prioritising.
"We're still not sure if there are certain treatments that we might not be allowed to give just yet, so we're awaiting further guidance on that." The National Hair and Beauty Federation (NHBF) has already published a list of guidelines to help prevent the spread of Covid-19 between customers and staff.
The NHBF has suggested an online appointment service to create as little contact as possible and cutting out walk-ins, waiting areas and providing tea and coffee.
Customers have also been urged not to wear jackets and coats in warm weather due to the virus living on fabric materials for days.
Linzi said her clients will have a very different experience when they next visit the salon compared with pre-lockdown.
Just like hairdressers, treatment prices will have to rise to help cover the additional cost of implementing new safety measures, including the purchase of masks, gloves and gowns.
"Cleaning levels will be even stricter than before and appointment times will be longer to facilitate this," Linzi explained.
"Clients will have to wear disposable masks and sanitise their hands on arrival.
"We have also installed Perspex screens over all of our counters and no walk-ins will be allowed.
"We're already 90% of the way there in terms of our preparation and could nearly open sooner if it was possible."