By the time you read this column, we hope our salons in Winchester and Lymington will be open to all our wonderful clients and friends once again, after the longest closure we have ever known.
We used the weeks when the salon doors were closed to complete our refurbishments and make the changes necessary to make sure we can all stay safe.
We have made a lot of alterations and improvements, including taking down walls to give us more room. We are lucky enough to have 2,000sq ft of space, and have a lovely courtyard at the front of the salon where clients will be able to wait.
We will have a temperature station and hand sanitisers in reception, and all our stylists have PPE. We already had two sets of parallel stairs, so we can have one set going up and another coming down. Our workstations are separated by screens and we have new non-touch hand dryers in the bathrooms.
So far, we have a list of 450 customers wanting to come. On the first weekend after we open, we will take part in National Hair Sunday, to show the appreciation of the hairdressing industry to our frontline NHS staff by offering them free treatments and cuts.
Lucy Townsend, from The Greyhound in Stockbridge, will be laying on a special afternoon tea in the courtyard at the Winchester salon, which will be free for NHS workers. Anyone else is also welcome.
We are so looking forward to seeing our clients and friends again, and it will be lovely to be so busy, although Jonny and I have still been able to share our expertise with the hairdressing world during lockdown through the wonders of social media. Both of us were invited to take part in interviews on Instagram with Bollywood’s top stylist Aalim Hakim, the favourite of many Bollywood stars.
At home, I am loving being able to see friends – at a distance, of course! One of the first people to come and see me was my lovely friend, Princess Jyoti of Nepal.