Following a two day event, salons across the country dedicated a day or two to give back to our key workers who have worked tirelessly throughout the 2020 pandemic and continue to do so. During lockdown, Great Lengths launched the Hairdos For Heroes initiative and encouraged all salons to get involved.
Receiving a great response with over 60 salons across the UK dedicating their time to give back to the heroes in their region, free cuts and blow-drys were delivered and a well deserved pamper on Sunday 6th and Monday 7th September 2020.
Although the hairdressing industry was hard hit, and their doors closed for months, the celebration was a time to reflect and thank the people that really did keep things moving for us all and helped to keep us safe. Each salon dedicated their time despite working tirelessly over the summer for the lost lockdown months and each frontline worker was delighted with their free pamper and walked away feeling refreshed, valued and special, which is exactly what everyone involved wanted! Here is what they all got up to, with comments from stylists and their clients below!
Lockdown was very difficult for me being self employed, there was so much pressure and worry amongst the hairdressing industry. It was tough seeing my salon closed and empty for three and a half months. However, I have so much respect and admiration for my clients who are frontline NHS staff who have worked selflessly throughout it all. I wanted to give something back to NHS staff once I could reopen my salon. I saw Great Lengths were organising Hairdos For Heroes and it was a lovely opportunity to get involved with this by giving a free pamper session cut and blow-dry to our Frontline NHS staff to reward them for their amazing work throughout COVID-19. I dedicated my whole day on 7th September and also had appointments during the week leading up to this for NHS clients. The goody bags provided from Great Lengths we're such a lovely surprise, the feedback I've had has made it such a rewarding experience. It's only something little I can do to give back, but the response has been incredible and I underestimated just how important a wonderful relaxing pamper session is and how it's made my clients feel so good! - Zoë Ball - Bliss Hair Therapy - Worcestershire
I have worked so many hours since the COVID outbreak and I cannot stress enough how much I missed having my hair done over the lockdown period. Wearing PPE all day plays havoc with your skin and hair and combined with the challenges of having to look after my children and balancing my husband's job too (he is also a key worker), I was definitely craving some pamper time. It was so very lovely to have a treat. Lots of people automatically think of NHS staff as those on the frontline, including doctors and nurses, so to be recognised as a member of the laboratory staff and have access to the treat was so special. Thanks so much to Great Lengths for making it possible and to my fabulous hairdresser Zoë at Bliss, for giving up her time.
We were first asked to get involved with Hairdos For Heroes during lockdown, at a time when there was still so much uncertainty and we really weren't sure when we would get back to work. We were all so thankful for the key workers working so hard through the pandemic and knew we wanted to say a big thank you and this was the perfect way to do so. All the women that came on the day for Hairdos For Heroes were amazing and it was great to be able to treat them. - Jennifer Swain - Swain Hairdressing - Cumbria
When Great Lengths launched this idea for Hairdos For Heroes I got in touch straight away to get involved. We as a hairdressing community had the skills to say thank you in a lovely way. To give those heroes an hour of pampering. I am a self employed stylist with my own private studio in Gorey, Co. Wexford, Ireland. I had the opportunity to look after frontline workers from around the area. They had a range of vocations from an ICU nurse, nursing home workers, carers who worked with people with disabilities & social workers. Great Lengths also sent out the cutest gift bags that they loved. Thanks Great Lengths for giving us the opportunity and platform to give back. - Ciara Doyle - Freelance - Wexford