HAIRDRESSERS have been overwhelmed by the demand for appointments after being given the green light to open on July 4.

Winsford hairdresser Leanne Forsey, who owns the award-winning Guyz n Dollz salon, said: "I have been absolutely inundated with messages. Everyone has been waiting with baited breath for this.

"It is really exciting, we can't wait to be back."

The mum-of-four opened her Wharton Road salon 13 years ago and employs four members of staff.

New social distancing measures and safety procedures will be in place when customers come for their appointments.

"We are going to do everything we can to keep everyone safe," said Leanne. "We will be wearing masks and personal protection equipment (PPE) and clients will also have to wear masks.

"There will be 15 minutes between each client to give us time to clean down each work station. There will be no waiting area so we are asking people to turn up on time and come on their own."

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Excited staff can't wait to reopen Guyz n Dollz hair salon in Wharton Road

Hairdressers will have to use fresh PPE equipment for every client. Material gowns must be washed in temperatures of 60 degrees or salons can use disposable ones.

No magazines will be provided and no refreshments can be served.

"You can bring your own magazine if you want to read and a drink but we will not be allowed to have any eating in the salon. We will be allowing mobile phones."

To meet the surge in demand, the salon will operate for longer hours and open on Sundays.

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Initially appointments will be longer as many women can't wait for their colours and highlights to be done, let alone having their hair cut.

Prices will rise slightly to meet increased costs.

"Staff will work in shifts to meet social distancing regulations," said Leanne. "We will have to work longer hours and more days to fit everyone in. It's good news that we are able to open again.

"We're not going to earn as much as we will have less clients and we have the added cost of the PPE but at least our bills will start getting paid at last.

"When the rush is over we'll go back to our normal hours."