Locks off! London barbers reopen after lockdown – photo essay

After three months in lockdown, and many a home haircut, hairdressers were allowed to open from Saturday. With strict guidelines on reducing the risk of transmission of Covid-19 in place, many were providing customers with masks – but gone were the shared magazines to read.

Pasha barber in Stoke Newington

Along with pubs and restaurants, the relaxation of lockdown measures was a relief for many barbers and their clients.

Man Cave, Stoke Newington

Will at Man Cave Barber in Stoke Newington

Carlos, from Manchester, is 31 and last had a haircut in the final week of January. Serg is his barber.

Carlos – Man Cave

Pasha, Stoke Newington

Pasha barber in Stoke Newington

Corey is 19 and his last haircut was just before lockdown. Erty is his barber.

Corey – Pasha

E5 Hair Doctor, Clapton

Dee, from E5 Hair Doctor in Clapton, working on Carlos’s plaits

Carlos is having single plats done by hairstylist Dee Bless.

Carlos – plaits

Sirwan’s Barbers, Brixton

Sirwan’s Barbers in Brixton

James is 25 today and his last haircut was just before lockdown.

James – Sirwans

Andrew, at Bangs salon in Walthamstow

Bangs salon, Walthamstow

Andrew, who is 39, last had a haircut four months ago. He likes to keep it tidy normally; his stylist is Danielle.

Andrew – Bang Salon

Gino’s in Stoke Newington


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