DIY dye disasters, overgrown roots and wonky fringes.
Just some of the hair mishaps stylists will have to tackle after over 100 days of closure.
On Monday, normally a day of rest for the hair and beauty industry, the latest easing of restrictions meant demand for a post-lockdown top-to-toe transformation was sky high.
And judging by the volume of phone calls and messages from clients scrambling to get an appointment, salons are set for a busy few weeks.
As well as hairdressers and barbers, beauty salons and tattoo parlours were also back in business. Belfast's Lisburn Road was a hive of activity as men seeking urgent restyles queued up outside the numerous barber shops dotted across both sides of the thoroughfare.
Despite cups of coffee and glossy magazines being out, and facemasks, hand sanitiser and Perspex screens in, salons have been booked out weeks in advance.
At Andrew Watson Hairdressing, Una Calvert from east Belfast was sitting comfortably in front of the mirror for her first cut and colour since January.
"You have no idea how long I've waited for this day. I have been tempted to put all sorts of things in my hair but I've stayed away from home dye," she said.
"Apart from trimming my fringe, I leave it all to the experts. Once I heard when salons could reopen I was straight on the phone to Andrew and I'm so delighted to be here on the first day back."
As a long-time client Una said she had absolutely no qualms about coming back in.
"Andrew is an excellent hairdresser and always reliable, so I had every confidence that everything would be in place.
"At this stage I just want to leave with a nice hairstyle."
PPE-clad Andrew was equally excited to be back despite facing the prospect of an 80-hour working week to tackle the backlog.
"At first it felt like the first day at school with some nervousness but soon it was as though we'd never been away," he laughed.