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‘We’ve seen a lot of mullets’ – lockdown locks get the chop

Islington's barbers and hairdressers reopen to a positively 1970s vibe

10 July, 2020 — By Calum Fraser

Danny Oh welcomes customers back to his salon in Camden Passage

HAIRDRESSERS have been met with “a lot of mullets” this week as punters flocked to salons after months of DIY cuts.

The government gave barbers the green light to serve customers on Saturday, July 4, along with pubs, restaurants and cafés.

Danny Oh, who set up the Danny Oh salon in Camden Passage 13 years ago, said he had been working flat out since he opened on the weekend.

“We have had a lot of mullets,” he said.

“Men have come in who could only cut the front and sides of their hair and so the back kept growing. If lockdown had lasted any longer it would have looked like we had all gone back to the 70s.”

Danny Smith at Barber Smiths Islington

He added: “My regulars have been so grateful that I am open again. They have been bringing flowers and wine as presents. It’s like Christmas.

“After three-and-a-half-months a lot of people can’t do anything with their hair, it’s a mess. Then they walk out of here differently. They feel more confident.”

Mr Oh is fully booked for four weeks.

“Some customers are really nervous about coming in,” he said. “One asked if I can make sure there is nobody else in the shop. So I had to open early just for them. But others are not worried at all.”

Dogs also got a trim at Love Your Pets

In the nearby Barber Smiths Islington, Danny Smith said it was “great” to be back.

Hairdressers have to wear either a facemask or a visor when working and there is disinfectant and masks available for customers as well.

But it is not just humans who have been getting a long overdue trim. The Love Your Pets boutique grooming parlour in Baron Street, Angel, has also opened its doors.

April Chandley, who runs the salon, said: “We’ve given out a lot of coronavirus chops. When the dogs arrive they get put straight in the bath. We can’t provide nail clipping services for cats anymore because it takes two people to be very close to each other. The dogs are getting full services though.”

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