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“Report me, or jail me, or stop me” — Limerick hair salon owner vows to provide “essential” free haircuts for clients, despite Level 5 restrictions

“Report me, or jail me, or stop me” — Limerick hair salon owner vows to provide “essential” free haircuts for clients, despite Level 5 restrictions.

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THE owner of a Limerick hair salon has vowed to provide free “essential” haircuts in his salon, despite Level 5 restrictions on nonessential businesses remaining in place.

“Report me, or jail me, or stop me, or whatever you want to do, but there are, in some instances, hairdressing services which we deem essential, and they need to take place now,” said Niall Colgan, owner of Niall Colgan Hairdressing, O’Callaghan Strand, Limerick.

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Mr. Colgan has argued that some of his clients require “essential” haircuts: “I am returning to the salon this week to do a few hair cuts on clients that I am deeming essential. I have got clients that are post-chemotherapy, their hair is completely out of control, and, for their mental health – after everything they have been through – with illness, lockdown, and not been able to see people and so on – they really really want to have their hair cut, they know how safe an environment it is going to be.”

“I’ve got a client who suffers from  Trichotillomania, and if I don’t cut her hair, she is going to pull it out, and that is going to add to her mental health and anxiety issues,” Mr. Colgan added in a video posted on his social media.

—- “Shadow Economy” —

Mr. Colgan stated he would not be charging clients: “I won’t charge as I’m not looking to profit from my decision..unlike ALL of the hairdressers working in the shadow economy.”

“I’ve been thinking a lot this week about certain things, and this is Lockdown number three, and while we have stuck religiously to every single guideline that has been given to us from March 2020 until today, I firmly believe we are in a situation now that somebody has to take a stand.”

“Hair is essential to people, obviously, and yes, the majority of people can hold off, and that’s all very, very well, and they will be really looking forward to attending the salon when the time comes that we can reopen.”

“And then, there are other clients, and they have had shadow economy hairdressers at their fingertips, and they are making a choice to go to those shadow economy hairdressers to get their hair done, and that is their own thing.”

“We’ve been harping on about this in the hairdressing industry for so long now that we are sick to our teeth of it, and there’s nothing that can be done about it, it’s just happening, and the suppliers are supplying them with the product and the suppliers are open, and they can get their product and nobody is saying anything.”

Mr. Colgan said his “message for Leo Varadkar, and Michael Martin and Simon Harris and Stephen Donnelly and anybody else that can listen” is “we are going to be masked up, we are going to have everything we had in place after the last two lockdowns.”

He said some of his clients whom he will be meeting in his salon this week “really really need to have their haircut, and they do not want to go and avail of hairdressers in the shadow economy, and they want me to cut their hair, and I am going to do it this week.”

Mr. Colgan said anyone visiting the salon this week would be asked: “to come with their hair shampooed, so we don’t have to shampoo it.”

“I will simply cut their hair, and I will not blow dry it in the salon, so all of the precautions will be taken.”

“I will be returning to the salon this week to cut essential haircuts. I’m sorry if I’m offending you, and I’m sorry if that’s too controversial, but for my client’s mental health, this needs to be done,” Mr. Colgan concluded.

Today Mr. Colgan’s hair salon appeared to be closed.


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