A Corby hairstylist who has created a support group for other stylists has said how the shared experience has helped her while waiting for the restrictions to be relaxed.
The owner of The Little House of Hair, Stacey Fotheringham, took on another job to make ends meet as she waited for money from the government’s self-employed income support program.
Usually working in a salon at her home, the freelance hairstylist found a job within two days of the lockdown announcement – less than a week after temporarily shutting down.
Stacey said: âI work alone and when the lockdown hit I had so many questions and concerns that I didn’t really know who to talk to.
âWhen it all stopped, especially a week later, I felt lonely, but thought it would be great to have a network where we could talk.
“I don’t work for anyone and have no staff but I know a lot of hairdressers and hair salons in Corby, so I decided to start a support Facebook group, so we can help each other and work together in uncertainty.
“I named us the Corby Hair Angels and I couldn’t have gotten through the lockdown without them.”
As soon as the lockdown seemed likely, Stacey reached out to her clients and told them her salon would be temporarily closed, then brought her resume to Corby’s companies.
On the second day of her job search, Stacey was able to find a job with Morrisons in Corby as a member of their checkout team and as a front desk.
With a guaranteed income, the support group has become a way to stay in touch with the hairdressing world.
The group of 24 hairdressing professionals were able to share their life experiences and how they cope with life outside the salon.
Stacey said: âIt was amazing the whole process, we made each other laugh and we helped each other through tears.
“We shared photos of the progress of the salon renovations to make them safe and we shared PPE and tips.”
Stacey reopened to customers on Saturday at 7:30 a.m., managing to accommodate five customers for restyling and color, with a 15-minute deep clean between each person.
She said: âI wear a visor and the client can wear a face mask that I provide. They sanitize their hands when they enter.
âThe first day was overwhelming. I was worried about people’s health. I first put my most vulnerable clients through protecting.
âI got quite a few gifts of flowers and prosecco. Some customers paid up front during the lockdown because they knew I wouldn’t win.
âThere were a few at-home hairstyling mistakes that I had to rectify – wobbly bangs and store-bought boxed dyes – but nothing I couldn’t sort out.
âOn opening day the Corby Hair Angels all wished each other good luck and shared photos in our visors and at the end of the day shared congratulations on getting through the first day and back pain moans .
“It was fantastic not being competitive and having a team of great, great independents.”
Stacey will work to accommodate her customers while retaining her job at the supermarket.
She said: âI enjoyed working at Morrisons so much that I will continue to work there four hours a week.
âThe job has helped me support my family. I want to thank Morrisons for giving me the job and allowing me to work my hours around my husband’s.
“I really enjoyed it there, but now I’m back to haircutting instead of scanning food.”
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