Black market haircuts 'booming' according to one Dublin hairdresser

By Sarah Finnan

February 10, 2021 at 10:38am

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Speaking on Newstalk Breakfast this morning, one Dublin hairdresser commented that black market haircuts are booming. 

Reacting to the news that personal services - such as hairdressers and barbershops - will remain closed until much later than March 5th, Dylan Bradshaw of Dylan Bradshaw Hair Salon on South William Street, said it definitely comes as a blow to the industry.

Admitting that unfortunately, the news isn't anything different to what people in his position have been hearing over the past few months, Mr Bradshaw maintains that hair salons are a safe environment for clients.

"I think as an industry we’ve proven ourselves a very health-conscious environment for people to come and get their hair done and their services provided. Give us the environment we can control, and we can take care of business and the client. It’s as simple as that."

Later commenting that so-called black market haircuts are booming, Mr Bradshaw state that he believes the root of the issue still stems back to Christmas time.

"Here's the problem as well. It's booming, the black market, ok. People are desperate... Let's call it out honestly; the reason why what happened and why the numbers blew up is because people were mixing socially over the Christmas and so on - which was kind of forecast. It wasn't because hair salons and businesses didn't take responsibility for what they're doing."

Bradshaw's comments come after Tánaiste Leo Varadkar yesterday issued an update on the reopening of hairdressers and barbershops - commenting that it would be "much later" than the March 5 Level 5 expiry date.

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