The beauty industry suffered another huge hit last Saturday when Boris Johnson postponed the opening of close-contact services. The first instance was met with frustration, but now many fear for how they’re going to survive.
Katie Hulme, an established celebrity lash artist, opened her salon and academy at the start of 2020 with her business partner Sophie Dumville. They closed just 11 weeks later due to the coronavirus lockdown, which means they’ve now been shut for longer than they were up and running.
Although some salons opened on July 13, the government stated 'only services that do not involve work in the highest risk zone – directly in front of the face – should be made available to clients', as it banned eyelash treatments and eyebrow services. “I am just one of thousands that this decision by the government is devastating. It’s incredibly wrong and it’s destroying the beauty industry,” said Katie, who has a number of soap stars on the books.
She continued: “We’re drowning; I feel low, worthless. “I don’t know what to do. I live in a really nice house that I've owned for 20 years, I could sell it, but why should I? “If you look in my cupboards now, I've joked about it, but I am literally living off soup.”
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