The ladies and gents of Belfast were out in force from the very early hours of Monday as hairdressers, barbers and beauty salons finally opened their doors once more.
For the past few weeks salons the length and breadth of Northern Ireland from Belcoo to Bangor, Strabane to Strangford have been working flat out to redecorate their premises and install protective measures in the lead-up to July 6.
After hotels and pubs serving food reopened on Friday, the hair and beauty industry had to wait three more days to get back to business.
Among those who wasted no time in welcoming clients was Sean Lawlor, who threw open the doors of the Cambridge Barbershop on the Lisburn Road at a minute after midnight.
While most appointments had been made well in advance, word soon spread and many others were arriving throughout the day as "walk-ins".
"I wanted in as soon as possible and July 6, once it came about, we were open," Sean said.
"There were one or two regulars in and I didn't recognise them with the long hair and beards, but once the transformation came about then I knew who it was.
"I think we are going to remain busy for the next few weeks.
"The staff are all wearing PPE and visors, the chairs are separated to just below two metres apart, so we're well within the regulations," he added.
Student Joe Carberry (18) was among the mid-morning clients who had flocked to the Cambridge for the chop.
Waiting patiently on a seat outside, he had his overgrown locks tucked under a baseball cap ahead of his first proper haircut since February 18.
"Today has been a long time coming, and as you can see I tried to cut it myself during the lockdown but it didn't go well, so I need to get it cleaned up," Joe told the Belfast Telegraph.
Just ahead of him in the queue was Andrew Ruddell (24). He said: "I've been trying to keep it trimmed myself over the past few months but it's never quite the same.
"I know some people have made an absolute mess of trying to do their own hair so given that this is day one I was expecting massive queues, but thankfully it's not too bad."
Emerging from the barbers after his trim, Andrew said: "My hair feels about a kilogram lighter. It was quick and easy."
Further down the Lisburn Road some equally grateful gents were emerging from Jason Shankey's premises, including Colin Cobb (48) from east Belfast.
Freshly shorn for a trip to Dublin, Colin said he felt like "a new man".
"My hair had got to that awkward stage where it couldn't be controlled anymore and was just all over the place," he said.
"No matter how many times it was washed or brushed, it still looked like a large thatched roof and I was nearly heading back to the 1990s curtain bob style.
"The wait is finally over, it was a good experience and I feel great."
Next to emerge after a 14-week wait was newly coiffed George McAteer (69) from Lisburn.
"I wear my hair long anyway so the length wasn't really bothering me," he said.
"I foolishly let my daughter do a few cutting attempts at home.
"She made a bit of a mess of it but it has all been corrected now."
Reflecting on his post-lockdown cutting experience, George added: "It was very clinical but the staff have done a great job in terms of the safety measures put in place.
"I always get my hair cut by the same guy so the main difference was no conversation this time due to the masks."
Beside him in the chair was Ben Magowan (26) from Bangor, who was glad to be able to give his girlfriend a break from the shears.
"She had done her best but it wasn't quite up to scratch," he said.
"I was last here in March and while there were monthly home cuts in between, it's good to get back and have it done properly".
On hand to oversee operations at his salon, Jason was just as keen to be back in business despite the newly erected screens, PPE and temperature tests for clients on arrival.
"It's been a long three-and-a-half months so we're just delighted to get people back in through the doors again," he said.