Your year in lockdown: Mobile hairdressers count down to late April return to work
Hair salons across Fife may be counting down the days until they can re-open - but for mobile hairdressers, life in lockdown still has several weeks to run.
They won’t be allowed to visit clients at home until April 26 under the Scottish Government’s timetable for re-starting business.
The region has an army of self-employed hairdressers, and they are all keen to get pick up the tools of the trade once more.
That includes Steve Gunn from Glenrothes who has worked for himself since 1987 after learning his trade at Dom Migele.
He admits it has been a tough year, and there remain some questions over what lies ahead
“A lot of people are desperate to get their hair cut, and while we all have our own loyal clients, some may go to a salon,” he said.
“We have a lot of older clients, and some of them may be hesitant about letting someone back into their home - even although we wear masks and have PPE.”
Steve said some self employed hairdressers have changed jobs during the pandemic, and left the trade - while others have struggled through lockdown.
“Getting support for being self employed has been very frustrating,” he said. “The help was slow in coming even although none of us could work.
“We were able to work from last summer, but even then some clients were uneasy letting people into their homes, which was understandable.”He added: “The aim is to keep them safe, as well as myself.”