Beauty in­dus­try feels ‘for­got­ten’ as lock­down lifts

The Wokingham Paper - - NEWS - By JESSWARREN jwar­ren@wok­ing­ham­pa­

A TWYFORD beauty ther­a­pist said she feels heart­bro­ken that her in­dus­try can’t re­open un­der cur­rent Gov­ern­ment re­stric­tions.

Penny Adams, who works as a beauty ther­a­pist at Twyford hair­dressers, The Strand, is sur­rounded by col­leagues who have all started work­ing again.

In­stead, Ms Adams sits at the re­cep­tion desk, wait­ing to hear when she can restart beauty treat­ments.

She told Wok­ing­ham.To­day: “It’s ab­so­lutely soul de­stroy­ing not know­ing when we can re­turn. Beauty is all I know. We feel like the for­got­ten in­dus­try.

“Each year, the beauty in­dus­try con­trib­utes £28.5 bil­lion to the na­tional econ­omy. But the Gov­ern­ment has put us in the same cat­e­gory as strip clubs.

Ms Adams said she was glad to see Caro­line Nokes, a Hamp­shire MP stand­ing up for women-fo­cussed in­dus­tries, as re­stric­tions on busi­nesses are lifted.

Speak­ing in Par­lia­ment on Mon­day, Ms Nokes put pres­sure on Matt Han­cock to con­firm a re­open­ing date for the beauty in­dus­try.

Ms Nokes said: “Peo­ple work­ing in aes­thet­ics, pro­fes­sion­als who tat­too on eye­brows to alope­cia suf­fer­ers or tat­too on the nip­ples of can­cer pa­tients who have had re­con­struc­tive surgery, have been hor­ri­fied to dis­cover they are cat­e­gorised along­side strip clubs.

“Will my right hon­ourable friend please look at this is­sue ur­gently to un­der­stand how the NHS is re­fer­ring pa­tients to th­ese peo­ple who are still not al­lowed to open.”

In re­sponse, an amend­ment was passed to al­low med­i­cal aes­theti­cians who tat­too nip­ples for breast re­con­struc­tions can now re­turn to work.

But no an­swers have been given for the wider in­dus­try.

Ms Adams added: “I’ve been a beauty ther­a­pist for 22 years and hy­giene is the first thing we think of. My hy­giene stan­dards are amaz­ing.

“When the ques­tion was asked about sa­lons re­open­ing in Par­lia­ment, we were just laughed at. It’s like we’re at the bot­tom of the bar­rel, I just feel dev­as­tated.”

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