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Women Are Fuming After Learning You Can't Get Your Eyebrows Waxed When Beauty Salons Reopen

Women Are Fuming After Learning You Can't Get Your Eyebrows Waxed When Beauty Salons Reopen

On Thursday, beauty salons across England were given the green light to reopen - finally, it seemed, our overgrown brows would be tamed and we might actually be able to look at our bare, stubby nails without recoiling in horror.

Post-lockdown glow-up here we come, we thought.

But sadly, although some treatments have been given the go ahead, it has now emerged anything classed as a "facial treatment" is still prohibited under government guidelines.

Nail salons can reopen (Credit: Pexels)
Nail salons can reopen (Credit: Pexels)

Which means anything eyebrow, lash, or facial waxing related is strictly off the cards. Men, however, can get their beards trimmed at the barbers...

It makes sense that people who have been looking forward to getting their brows or lashes done especially would be p***ed off.

And women have been taking to social media to voice their views at the injustice. Skincare expert Caroline Hirons pointed out: "How are you going to trim a man's beard while he wears a mask?"


While one person tweeted: "So, you're allowed a beard trim/shave at the barbers, but you can't have your brows waxed at a salon?"

"I am so rubbish at waxing and tinting my own brows so I was excited to hear that beauty salons were reopening... until I actually read it and saw that they still can't provide any facial treatments. More DIY attempts with my tweezers and beard dye it is then," said another.

One salon owner pointed out she could fly to Italy to have her brows done, fly back with no quarantine, but would still be prohibited from doing them in her own salon - which certainly seems mind boggling.

"So lemme get this straight. I could fly to Italy, work doing brows in a salon, and fly home with no quarantine but I can't do @hdbrowsofficial in my own salon. Stop the world I want to get off," she said.


Of course, while it's infuriating for those of us who simply want to pop to the salon for the first time in months, the effect it's having on business owners is detrimental, especially those whose work solely focuses on facial treatments.

"I don't know how the government work. A man can get his beard trimmed but beauty salons aren't allowed to carry out facial treatments?! Really feel for those who just do lashes and brows, being singled out and losing out on building their businesses back up!" tweeted one person.

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Another said: "If you can trim a beard safely, why not eyebrows too?!"

"The salon I work in specialises in lashes and brows! So f***ing annoyed. So not allowed to do a brow wax but my man's allowed to go to the barbers and get a beard trim," tweeted another.

So what is allowed at the salon?

Well, "beauticians, tattooists, spas, tanning salons and other close contact services can open, subject to some restrictions on particularly high risk services," culture secretary Oliver Dowden explained at yesterday's press conference.

Looks like we'll have to continue with our own brows for now (Credit: Pexels)
Looks like we'll have to continue with our own brows for now (Credit: Pexels)

The British Association of Beauty Therapy and Cosmetology (BABTAC) - which has been working with the government - clarified that treatments on the body (such as manicures, pedicures, leg or bikini waxing) will be allowed to go ahead when salons reopen from Monday 13th July.

The following is still prohibited:

  • Face waxing, sugaring or threading services
  • Facial treatments
  • Advanced facial (electrical or mechanical)
  • Eyelash treatments
  • Make-up application
  • Dermarolling
  • Dermaplaning
  • Microblading
  • Electrolysis on the face
  • Eyebrow treatments

The BABTAC added: "Beard trimming will be allowed, but should be limited to 'simple beard trims, thinning or removing bulk or length which can be done using either clippers or scissors', and should be carried out from the side or by circling the client avoiding the high-risk zone.

"Intricate detailing, outlining or shaving of beards/moustaches that involves prolonged periods near the 'high-risk zone' should not be carried out."

We've got everything crossed that more treatment options will be opened up for salons as soon as possible. Looks like we'll have to continue with our soap brows for a little longer then...

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Topics: Hair and Beauty, Life News, Beauty, News

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Lucy Devine

Lucy is a journalist working for Tyla. After graduating with a master's degree in journalism, she has worked in both print and online and is particularly interested in fashion, food, health and women's issues. Northerner, coffee addict, says hun a lot. Get in touch at [email protected]