A teenager who waited four months in lockdown for his barber to reopen says he was left with a botched haircut when he finally went for a trim.
Thomas Haggarty got his hair cut on the first day of reopening and, after it didn’t go as planned, he has jokingly urged Scottish First Minister Nicola Sturgeon to shut all hairdressers and barbers again.
Hairdressers and barbers in Scotland opened their doors on Monday for the first time since December as the country eased its lockdown restrictions.
Thomas, 19, told the Daily Record: “I was buzzing to finally get my hair seen to, but it just turned into the worst day of my life.
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“I’m one of those people who just lets the barber get on with it, I’m quite shy that way. But as time got on, I was proper starting to wonder what was happening.
“When it got to the end, I just paid up and was like ‘see you soon’ – but I can’t see myself going back.”
Thomas, from Paisley, said he booked an appointment in advance after his locks had grown out over the last four months.
He spent 45 minutes in the barber’s seat and didn’t say a word as his hair was being shaved off.
The teen posted a picture of his haircut, describing it as “all skin, no fade”.
In a post that went viral, wrote on Twitter : “Four months I’ve been waiting for a haircut, only to be hit with this.
“@NicolaSturgeon do us all a favour and close them again love.”
He said he has been visiting the barber for six years and would get his hair cut there every three weeks prior to lockdown.
But now he figures it will be a while before he considers heading back.
A barber reopened at 6am on Monday to welcome back customers as further coronavirus restrictions were lifted in Scotland.
Tony Mann planned the early start at his barber shop in Giffnock, East Renfrewshire, to enable people to get their hair cut for the first time in months.
It was the beginning of a busy day for the four barbers working, with 96 customers booked in on April 5, and the shop open until 8pm.
He said customers have been delighted to be able to book haircuts again.
Mr Mann said: “It’s mental health, getting a haircut and making yourself feel good is a big part of life, and if you can’t make yourself feel good and you only get it from a small variety of places then you’re not going to be in a particularly good place.”
Boris Johnson, meanwhile, announced on Monday that England will move to Step 2 of its lockdown exit strategy on April 12.
Hairdressers, beauty salons, non-essential shops, pub beer gardens, gyms, libraries and zoos are among the places due to reopen.