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Ireland sees ‘eruption’ in black market haircuts

Ireland sees ‘eruption’ in black market haircuts with hairdressers charging £175 after government ordered salons to stay shut until July 20

  • People are now offering to pay up to four times the normal price for a haircut
  • The Irish Hairdressers Federation now want to bring the reopening date forward
  • One virology professor said that wearing a mask during the haircut might help
  • Here’s how to help people impacted by Covid-19

Ireland has seen an ‘eruption’ in black market haircuts with hairdressers charging £175 after the government ordered salons to stay shut until July 20.

The President of the Irish Hairdressers Federation has said people are now offering to pay up to four times the normal price for a trim. 

Danielle Kennedy said hairdressers are being paid up to €200 for a haircut, compared to the regular price of €40-€50 before Covid-19. 

Ireland has seen an ‘eruption’ in black market haircuts with hairdressers charging £175 after the government ordered salons to stay shut until July 20 (file image)

‘People just aren’t prepared to wait that long,’ Ms Kennedy said yesterday on RTÉ’s Today with Sean O’Rourke programme.

‘It erupted even further since the announcement that we aren’t going to open until the 20th July.

‘It’s putting salons under an awful lot of pressure because there is a fear that the owners are going to crumble and will just try and look after their clients.’  

The Irish Hairdressers Federation want to propose practical measures to the Government in order to move the reopening to Phase Three of the Government’s measures, at the end of June, Ms Kennedy said.

She added that salons are sterile environments and are well equipped to cope with reopening.     

Professor Kim Roberts, Assistant Professor of Virology at Trinity College Dublin, said that wearing a mask during the haircut might help. 

It comes as hairdressers in Spain and Germany slowly began to reopen earlier this week as lockdown measures were eased. Pictured: a man gets a haircut in Huesca, northeastern Spain on Tuesday

It comes as hairdressers in Spain and Germany slowly began to reopen earlier this week as lockdown measures were eased. Pictured: a man gets a haircut in Huesca, northeastern Spain on Tuesday

She said the masks need to be worn properly and wearing one doesn’t give you 100 per cent protection.

Professor Roberts added that the number of clients in a salon would also need to be reduced.

Cutting hair outside may be ‘helpful’, she said, as ‘the air flow can reduce the time in which the virus is alive for and particles can reduce more quickly’. 

It comes as hairdressers in Spain and Germany slowly began to reopen earlier this week as lockdown measures were eased.  

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