Hairdressers and barbers are preparing for the week ahead with excitement as the Government gave the go ahead for phase three of the roadmap out of lockdown.

From Monday, hairdressers will be allowed to open their doors to customers and cut their lockdown hair.

People will be pleased to have more than just their hair cut again, according to The Gallery Hair and Beauty Salon owner Victoria Bennet.

“The majority of our customers aren’t just customers, they’re friends as well,” said Victoria.

“They come in and use you as a soundboard and we do give more of a personal service now.

“People treat us as psychologists. It’s nice to have that relationship with people.

“Quite a lot of our ladies are single and we can sometimes be the only person that they see that week, so its important for them to come in and see us and its important for us to see them, to make sure they’re okay.

“It's so important to keep in touch and its more important now than its ever been.”

On the prospect of reopening, Victoria said: “We’re so excited and we’re looking forward to seeing all our customers. We opened the phone line this morning at 9am and we’re now fully booked until April 27.

“I’m just looking forward to just opening the door, smiling and saying ‘hiya’ to people again.”

The owner of the Whitehaven-based hairdresser said she expects a lot of fixing do-your-own hair cuts during the first week next week.

“There have been a lot of home hairdressers, like wives and husbands, who have done each others hair. We’ve got them to sort out now, so we’re going to have a great time!"