A NUMBER of Cork hair salons will be opening 12 hours, six and a half days a week, with stylists working split shifts from Monday to meet safety standards and high demand.
Amy Shanahan, who runs the ‘Amy Michelle’ salon on High Street, Turners Cross, said her business is booked out until mid-August.
The stylist, who has been in business for the past four years, said pre-Covid they would have four or five staff working with up to eight clients at a time but from this Monday, there will be just two stylists and a trainee employee, with a maximum of four clients.
Ms Shanahan said there would be an additional cost for her customers, with her prices increasing by 10% to pay for Personal Protective Equipment for staff and clients and to absorb higher running costs.
“The cost of colour has gone up,” Ms Shanahan said.
“It is more expensive, possibly due to the lack of sales for a number of months.”
As well as this, a number of safety measures had to be added to the salon, such as perspex screens at the reception desk and sinks.
disposable gloves and masks and disposable towels to prevent cross-contamination.
While her prices have increased, the businesswoman condemned hairdressing chain Peter Mark for adding up to €60 to a haircut at their salons.
“It is extortionate, I don’t agree with it at all.”
The additional cost is said to come from two of Peter Mark’s latest offerings: a ‘colour extend’ or a ‘colour detox’, which are for clients who have extended roots or have tried to DIY dye their hair during lockdown with poor results.
A spokeswoman for Peter Mark said the extra costs for services “might apply if someone has put a home colour in their hair or if they have significant root growth or colour fade. “These services start from €45 and only apply if your hair needs additional colour product and technical services to return your hair to your usual salon colour result," the spokeswoman said.
"This is a one off service for their first appointment back and a lot of clients may not need this service depending on their hair."
Ms Shanahan said the slight increase in prices at her salon was to ensure the viability of the business and to maximise the safety of the customer.
“In many ways, they are paying for their safety, they are paying for social distancing.”