Portsmouth hairdressers and barbers welcome back customers looking for a trim
Hairdressers, barbers, and salons across the Portsmouth area opened their doors to customers this morning.
Mike Yeoman, 48, of Southsea, was happy to patiently wait for his haircut outside Bob the Barber on Albert Road in the cold.
'I've been out here for more than half an hour but I don't mind. I think it's a good idea to have one person in the barber at a time. We still need to be careful,' he said.
'It's nice to be able to get a haircut. The wife did mine before but it's not the same.'
Clients desperate for a trim were queued outside Ian’s Barbers on Park Road, Havant.
Lee Merrett, 36, and his son George, 11, and Harry, seven, had been standing in line for an hour waiting for a walk-in appointment.
Lee, who lives in Emsworth, said: ‘We’ve been waiting a while, but it’ll be so worth it.
‘We’re doing some decorating at home so I’m also hoping to pick up a few things at the shops.’
Behind the family in the line was Callum Allen, 19, who had been waiting for half an hour for a haircut, and 18 year old brothers Wesley and Jacob Murray.
Wesley, who had his last haircut in December, said: ‘I’m really looking forward to a haircut, it’s got really uncomfortable.’
Also in Havant, a new hair and beauty parlour opened its door for the first time today.
Family business Salon Dolly on West Street welcomed customers for nail and hair treatments.
Mollie Warton, 42, is the salon’s director and owner, and her daughter Laci Anderson, 18, is the salon manager.
Laci’s sister Lois, 12, was also at the salon, which has a bright pink and white balloon display outside created by Farnborough business Balloon Mama.
The family, who are from Bedhampton, is excited to launch their new business.
Laci said: ‘We’re fully booked all today.
‘We’re excited, nervous - it’s been a crazy couple of weeks.
‘Mum’s been amazing, she’s worked so hard. It’s what we’ve wanted for years.’
Mollie added: ‘It’s a big leap, but you’ve got to take a risk in life.
‘We’re stocking products by Rozzell's Prescriptive Hair Therapy, which is a salon exclusive.’
Mo Alzafiri, 27, from Fareham, is a barber at Ramze The Barber Shop in West Street, Fareham.
He said: ‘I opened at 8am and there was already a queue. I’m feeling good today, it feels like I’ve been fasting and I’m getting back to food, getting back to life again.’
Max Jump, 30, a fencer from Knowle, was one of the first in line.
He said: 'I am happy that it's opened up again, after this hair cut I'm off shopping with the missus and kids. I might even go to the pub for lunch, it's good that everything is back.'
Oli Ellis, four, was with his mum Jenni Ellis, and brother Matty, two, from Fareham.
Oli said: ‘It was good to have my hair cut, he put a spray on it.’
Jenni said: ‘It’s been lovely in here, they were great. It’s so good to get their hair cut.’
Meanwhile barber Abdul Kunbus, 21, was cutting Jon Greep’s hair.
Jon, a 60-year-old company director, from Sarisbury Green, said: ‘It’s been too long. My son had a go at it once during lockdown but never again. That’s why I couldn’t wait to come back and see these boys, they are great.’