Hairstylist Criticises 'One Rule For Them' As Stars Like Holly Willoughby Get Glammed Up For TV
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Becky Robinson says the 'unfairness hit home' when she was watching Dancing On Ice, and it dawned on her that the celebs on the show had glam teams who were able to work while others in the industry, like her, weren't permitted, due to lockdown.
The hair extension technician stated that Holly Willoughby's 'very public' display of gratitude for her beauty team was the 'icing on the cake' and has been upset that the rules for TV were different for others in the country.
Becky, of Sandbach, Cheshire, said: "Something hit home to me - I thought 'hold on a minute, I'm watching this and seeing they're putting up Instagram posts thanking their celebrity stylists'.
"It was made very public - I then thought to myself 'that isn't fair' - it was kind of the icing on the cake seeing that.
"Good on her [hairstylist] that she's allowed to work - it's infuriating I have an 11-month-old baby, a house to run and rent to pay - and I'm not allowed to work, yet if you're in the spotlight you're allowed to.
"How is that fair, when small businesses are really really suffering?
"Considering we're in a pandemic and a national lockdown, for the sake of live TV I don't think that's acceptable.
The 33-year-old claims that "hair and beauty is hair and beauty," regardless of if it is for famous people like Holly and the Dancing On Ice contestants, or "so-and-sos down the road"
The current government guidelines stipulate that those providing close contact services as part of sectors that remain open, such as TV, can continue to operate during the lockdown.
Single mum Becky, whose business has been closed throughout most of the pandemic, voiced her discontent on Facebook and it amassed more than 5,800 likes, comments and shares.
"It's just frustrating that if you're a somebody or a celebrity you can get your hair and makeup done but I can't go and do so-and-so's hair down the road," she said.
"I would work along exactly the same guidelines as what the National Beauty and Hair Federation have given those celebrity stylists to be able to earn a living."
The current Covid-19 regulations in the UK stipulate that close contact services are banned during the national lockdown, and haven't been permitted since January 6th.
An exception to this clause is "film and TV production," which is why the Dancing On Ice makeovers have been allowed to go ahead.
The government guidelines state: "You can only leave home for work purposes where it is unreasonable for you to do your job from home.
"Those who provide close contact services from a mobile setting including their own home, in other people's homes and in retail environments (such as a concession in a larger, separate business) must also stop operating. Businesses may continue to sell retail goods (such as shampoo or beauty products) online or via click-and-collect.
"Those providing their services in a professional capacity as part of those sectors that remain open can continue to operate. For example, make-up artists in film and TV production, and on fashion shoots. However, these services cannot be carried out in premises required to close."
Hair extension business owner, Becky, said she thinks it's unfair that the regulations are different depending on 'who you are'.
She's owned her business for ten years, and says her rant was "not a dig at Holly in particular" adding that she enjoys watching her and Phillip Schofield.
"Whatever rules there are [for people in TV] don't seem to apply to the rest of the country and that's what upsets me.
"I would do every regulation possible and tick every single box [to operate safely], if it meant I was able to work.
"The makeup artists that Holly uses painted [another celebrity's] face a few days before - why can't I have two clients in two weeks and get tested?
"It's not a dig at those two particular stylists - I noticed that and thought 'why are they allowed to work and I'm not?'."
Replying to Becky's Facebook post, one friend commented: "Surely they should be doing their own hair and make-up. It's rubbing salt in the wounds of all the hairdressers and beauty therapists that are struggling now.
"TV is needed, I agree, but they could do their own hair and makeup."
While another remarked: "Absolute fu**ing pi** take.
"The little people like me who on are on the bones of my arse because I'm a nail tech but the people who are already making a mint anyway carry on making a fu**ing mint and have techs/mua's etc who are exempt from the rules - what a joke."
A third wrote: "I agree I have watched TV that has kept me busy while I'm unemployed. But you must see the double standards here? Some people in the hair and beauty industry are at breaking point, can't pay bills?
"Holly was amazing at doing her own hair and make-up in March, posting then. Why can't my hard-working client have their hair done after a negative test?
"I think it's especially the flaunting of it all on social media that's upsetting."
A Dancing On Ice spokesperson said: "The show has stringent protocols in place to ensure the health and safety of all contributors and staff, which are routinely monitored and updated to reflect the current guidelines."
Holly Willoughby and her hair stylist and makeup artist were all contacted for comment.