Manes will go untamed until lockdown restrictions are eased.
The national body of hairdressers has revealed hair cuts are off the table until the alert level is lowered to level two.
Cutz on Weld owner Toni-Marie Robinson says it’s reassuring to have a governing body with the foresight to guide small business owners in these troubling times.
“I feel as an industry we are dealing with customers extremely closely,” she says. “I certainly think it is a fair ruling.”
“All our clients are totally supportive, as they understand this is affecting not only us as a nation but the whole world.”
Guidelines released by the New Zealand Association of Registered Hairdressers outline what their members can and can’t do during the Covid-19 quarantine.
Online sales of haircare products are permitted at level three and four, but they can’t do hairdos until level two.
And there are strict guidelines when they reopen, including physical distancing, staggered shifts and those over 70 and immunocompromised prohibited from salons and barbers.
Toni-Marie says it’s a small price to pay.
“If we don’t have our health, we don’t have businesses, so it is a small price to pay to live,” she says.
“We aren’t in this alone.
“This is a once in a lifetime world pandemic, and we as New Zealanders know how to join together and fight.”
But she says there is a bright side.
And with the professionals maintaining their own bubbles, Kiwis have turned to the trusty mixing bowl in droves.
Mullets and bowl cuts have made a comeback as New Zealanders celebrate the number 8 wire mentality with DIY trims.
“We as a business are looking forward to seeing the wild a wacky hairstyles walking through the door,” Toni-Marie says.