Sadly, more than 7,000 salons in the UK have gone out of business since last March following the forced closures in light of the pandemic; the British Beauty Council fears more businesses will suffer the same fate unless people start returning for treatments.
Worth an estimated £30 billion in the UK, the beauty industry was one of the sectors most heavily impacted by Covid-19 measures, with salons shut for more than 200 days of lockdown. It employs more than 600,000 people, of which more than 80 per cent are women.
The series begins with ‘Friday Ladies’ which follows the story of a group of women who have visited the same salon, The Hair Surgery in Wollaston, every Friday for 30 years. It explores how the salon with its owner Tim has been a coping mechanism for the ladies through cancer and loss of loved ones – and touches on how they have coped with the twists and turns of life in Covid. “You’re made to feel special – that’s why you come to the hairdresser’s isn’t it? When you walk out, you think great,” says Jenny.