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This is not flippant but...

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craftyone Tue 17-Mar-20 15:44:12

I have a question. I have started isolation because of age and am coping fine. I phoned my hairdresser yesterday to cancel my appointment next week, just a normal cut and blow. She is on her own in a small room and quickly said that she has done everything she can to keep the salon safe. She has 2 children at school. I had to say to keep the appointment open and I would see nearer to the date

So what do I do? I could whizz down on my bike, park in a rack and walk 5 minutes through an old arcade. I am fully prepared not to go, have ordered some wide headbands to hide my scruffy hair and can hack my own fringe. Poor lass, she obviously has rent to pay. I am in a dither, everyone else has been so good eg royal mail man kept his distance and signed for me

I am still thinking its a bit too close that contact between her and me. What would you do?

M0nica Tue 17-Mar-20 15:48:17

I wouldn't risk it. I have a slef-emplyed beautician and have, with regret decided to cancel next weeks brow tint and shape.

Bbarb Tue 17-Mar-20 15:51:55

As always ............ it depends
Are you specially vulnerable? if you are - stay away, no doubt about it. Otherwise, if it was me, I'd go but I'd probably ask for a 'dry cut' where you wash and dry your hair yourself at home and she gives you a trim, using a water spray to damp you down and a quick blast with the dryer before you leave.

AGAA4 Tue 17-Mar-20 15:54:17

I have just cancelled my hair appointment. You have to look after yourself. People can have the virus and not know so I would say don't go.

Grandmaclampet Tue 17-Mar-20 15:57:07

Children can have the virus yet show no symptoms. Mum and children are of course in close contact. Stay away, try some fancy head scarves. Who is going to see you? We have been asked to avoid social contact this could lead to real problems. We have to try to reduce the spread. There will be millions who will face financial problems I am afraid.

Luckygirl Tue 17-Mar-20 16:41:05

There is help for small businesses who are in trouble because of the virus. Stay away!!!

Charleygirl5 Tue 17-Mar-20 16:43:33

If you do decide to go, make sure that you are the first appointment.

suziewoozie Tue 17-Mar-20 16:47:15

I wouldn’t go. It’s awful as we all become more and more aware of how our choices are negatively impacting people’s livelihoods but I don’t see what else we can do if we want to stay as safe as possible. I’ll be spending a lot less money for a while - not eating out, going for coffee, Hairdresser’s etc so to partially salve my guilty conscience, I’ve set up a dd to my local food bank who are going to have increased customers.

craftyone Tue 17-Mar-20 17:05:34

Thank you for your help. I will not go, no one sees me anyway and who cares, more important that I get to the end of this safe and sound. DD to a local foodbank sounds good suzie, think I will do the same

rubysong Tue 17-Mar-20 17:13:02

Stay home Crafty one. I believe you live alone and that, to my mind, makes you vulnerable. It would be awful to be home alone and ill. Stay safe.

BlueBelle Tue 17-Mar-20 17:16:14

I m going next Saturday there’s no way I can go with out a hair cut it would drive me off the cliff when I start feeling it on my head it has to go

Mammie Tue 17-Mar-20 17:24:27


I give up and will not be coming on the site anymore many selfish stupid irresponsible people who care more about a bloody hair cut than the lives of others! Bye and good luck!

Rosina Tue 17-Mar-20 17:25:43

Went to my hairdresser this morning. They are sanitising chairs, basins, worktops etc after every customer, and not using a brush to get hair off shoulders, but blowing it away with a hairdryer. She works so hard to keep going; evidently yesterday, due to cancellations, she took less than was needed to pay staff wages. What a dilemma this is; the Times doctor has written an article today saying he would happily swap face masks for hot water, soap and a clean towel and if we wash our hands as soon as we get in, keep our distance and don't touch our faces this is the very best advice for staying safe. However, this doesn't answer whether we should keep appointments or not - I just don't know!

Gwenisgreat1 Tue 17-Mar-20 17:28:45

Have to admit, I am going to have my hair cut tomorrow - I obviously will not be able to go for 12 weeks, so Ill start off with it cut!

craftyone Tue 17-Mar-20 17:50:25

I will cope, yes alone in the house and so what if my hair gets longer and looks thinner and horrible. Btw I am cancelling my hairband order, 4 pretty bands, they flipping well come from china. No way, I will make some and maybe look up how to make a war turban, the sort that women used to wear about the house. Lol, I might make an old fashioned wrap over apron as well, properly look the part

eazybee Tue 17-Mar-20 18:02:15

I am having my nails done tomorrow: the salon owner has put up a sign saying if you feel ill please cancel, but if you are healthy you are welcome. There are only two people at one time having nails done and generally they seem younger than me. I shall then go and buy some meat from the butcher's and back home.

arosebyanyothername Tue 17-Mar-20 23:38:25

I had an appointment for Thursday and have cancelled with a heavy heart. What’s the point of self isolating and then go to a salon? I’ll try to tidy it up a bit if it gets too straggly.

What makes me laugh is DH fretting about cancelling his trip to the barbers, I could do his too if he’s desperate and if we’re home for the foreseeable who’s going to notice?

paddyanne Wed 18-Mar-20 00:51:36

Ithought I'd do my roots myself .alas no root touch up to be found ,might have to be the hairdresser after all

craftyone Wed 18-Mar-20 05:22:04

For fretting dhs, get some clippers online. I did my husbands hair for many years, a number 2 all over. It was so easy. I have never ever had my nails done, I am always too busy in the garden, cleaning etc. I just keep them short and clean and use oil when I remember

Is this flippant? no I don`t think so, I am being extra careful with my food. I have had gerd for very many years, I cut out garlic months ago because I ran out of home grown and have not had gerd since. At 5 pm yesterday I had some hm squash soup made with long red pepper with garlic and ginger from a jar. The flipping gerd came back, hence I am up early. The 2 jars are going out and I have put the soup down the sink. No more garlic again, and I am not sure about the red pepper either

Another flippant thing, clothes while isolating myself, social distancing is the real term but I call it isolating because that is what it is. Being braless is lovely, I couldn`t care less about having pancakes against my chest. No-one to see me, no more feeling trussed up like a chicken.

annep1 Wed 18-Mar-20 05:31:03

I won't go. Even if it is deep cleaned every day people could infect each other. Not worth the risk imo.
I don't agree with Mammie's attitude. How we look affects how we feel. I will buy some hair bands though. And hair thinning scissors and have a go.
It's easier if you have long hair to cope, but very short styles require frequent visits. I usually go every four weeks. What on earth are we all going to look like?

Oopsadaisy3 Wed 18-Mar-20 06:22:07

I’ve had to book 3 slots in advance as one of the hairdressers will be on maternity leave, next appointment is in 4 weeks time as I managed to go last week, as we should have been on holiday.

Grey roots!! We need some good ideas to disguise them, do semi permanent colours take on Grey hair?

As we have health issues I think I will have to cancel but as the hairdressers is in the Gym the problem might be solved for me, if the Gym closes.

craftyone Wed 18-Mar-20 07:04:04

annep1, that made me laugh, we will become a nation of worzel gummidge look alikes. I cancelled that hairband order from china. Sorry china but I will not be buying anything from that country any more

easy and nice, cut an old t shirt if you don`t have fabric

growstuff Wed 18-Mar-20 07:34:44

Go grey! grin I decided to go au naturel a few months ago. The worst bit is when the first couple of inches are showing through, but nobody's going to see if we're all self-isolating.

I use purple shampoo and conditioner, which tones down the brassiness of previous hair dye and highlights the grey. My hair is now all sorts of different colours - it seems I have natural highlights. It hasn't been cut for months either and is now a sort of shoulder length bob.

For the first time in years, somebody even complemented me on the colour of my hair last week. She said she'd thought I'd had it dyed and highlighted.

The only thing which bothers me is my fringe, so I've bought some proper scissors, instead of relying on the kitchen scissors! hmm

growstuff Wed 18-Mar-20 07:37:06

That should be "complimented". Why does auto correct think it knows better than I do? angry

M0nica Wed 18-Mar-20 08:03:57

I have decided to cancel my next hair appointment, but book one for 13 weeks hence when we all come out of purdah and all make a rush for the hair salons, ditto my beautician, for eyebrow tint and shape and electrolysis.

Not too worried about hair colour, first I home colour and secondly I coloured my hair last week and that is usually good for at least 3 and sometimes 4 months. My hair is heavily grey round the edges but the crown of my head has very few grey hairs, so no roots problem.

A propos Mamie's post. There have been several others like this. None of them ever explain why keeping some balance in life and caring about one's appearance, precludes one from being concerned about the current crisis and about other people.

It's the old Puritans and Cavaliers conundrum. Well, I am an irrepressible cavalier!