The Beauty Industry Is Calling For Boris To Let Them Do Eyebrow Treatments
From today, beauty salons in England are allowed to reopen, but any facial treatments are prohibited.
In an open response to the government decision, Beauty Guild has sent an open letter to prime minister Boris Johnson asking him to reconsider his decision not to allow eyebrow treatments.
The UK's largest trade body, which represents over 16,000 beauty, hair, nail and holistic professionals, Beauty Guild says that beauty salons should be allowed to offer eyebrow treatments, adding they pose no more threat than beard trimming.
The letter, which has been signed by Beauty Guild's director, Paul Archer, asks for Boris Johnson to reconsider his decision, pointing out that there is no scientific reason why eyebrow treatments pose more of a threat than beard trimming.
"Whilst we welcome the news that beauty salons in England can reopen on Monday 13th July 2020, the restrictions placed on the treatments they are allowed to offer mean that many businesses will simply not survive," the letter begins.
"The list of services which remain off-limits is not based on the science of COVID-19 infection prevention and control.
"Specifically, eyebrow treatments are banned even though we believe it is possible for these popular treatments to be safely resumed.
"Allowing men to have their beards trimmed while banning women from being able to have their eyebrows treated is, with respect, absurd." Hear hear!
The letter goes on to say that the attitude towards this decision has been "flippant and dismissive" and made by a male-dominated government.
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"The wellbeing impact of this decision also needs to be considered," Archer continues. "Many of our members have suffered financial hardship during the lockdown and imposing further unnecessary restrictions on their livelihoods is grossly unfair."
"While it is understandable that some treatments must remain off-limits, there is no scientific reason why eyebrow treatments pose more of a threat than beard trimming."
"We therefore urge the Government to allow eyebrow treatments to be resumed as soon as possible under the safe working guidelines," he says.
Last week, it was announced that beauty salons could reopen from today, but that anything classed as a "facial treatment" would not be allowed to resume.
Naturally people were annoyed, taking to social media to voice their anger at the double standards.
Beauty and skincare expert Caroline Hirons wrote: "How are you going to trim a man's beard while he wears a mask?"
The following facial treatments are still currently classed as prohibited:
- Face waxing, sugaring or threading services
- Facial treatments
- Advanced facial (electrical or mechanical)
- Eyelash treatments
- Make-up application
- Electrolysis on the face
- Eyebrow treatments
However, treatments on the body, such as manicures, pedicures, leg or bikini waxing, are allowed to go ahead from today.
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