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Hairdressers and barbers across Lochaber opened their doors this week and were blown away by customer volume.
The fate of the area’s coiffeurs was cut and dried in December with the announcement of another national lockdown forcing them to close their doors on Christmas Eve for the next three months.
Following a roller coaster of a year, however, the stylists can now wave their customers back through the doors with the hope of a permanent solution on the cards.
Caitlin Daly, of Caitlin’s Hairdressing and Barbering in Fort William, said: ‘It has been absolutely manic but it has been great to see all my customers again.
‘Most of my customers on Monday wanted cuts but I have a lot of colours to come as well. I have lost count of the number of bags we have filled with hair.’
Caitlin, who is still working within the Government guidelines for hairdressers and beauty salons, has bookings well into May.
Anthea Maynard, 81, from Fort William was one of the first through the door this week and said: ‘I haven’t had my hair cut since before Christmas and it was really getting too long.
‘I have come to Caitlin since she started up in business and am delighted she was able to fit me in so quickly.’