Hairdressers have encountered “a few curly ones” after being the first to implement the vaccine passport system last week.
Lauren Hill, at Hush Hair, says it was initially difficult as several customers brought their vaccine appointment card rather than their passport.
“We were showing quite a few people how to download it at the door, which takes a bit of extra time,” Lauren says.
Terry Skipper, of Skipper’s Scissors, says the elderly in particular have had some trouble obtaining their passports.
She says she has been “cutting them some slack” in the first week and prompting them to visit Snells Beach Pharmacy, where they can get help with a printout passport.
Terry and co-worker Anouska say it has been a pleasure to see customers again with some even bringing them gifts of flowers and chocolates.
All the hairdressers Mahurangi Matters spoke to were booked out right up until the New Year.
Pauline Goodhue, at XS Cuts, says the phones have been going non-stop.
When she came into the salon three days after the announcement, she already had 120 messages on her phone.
“Three months has been a long time for people to wait, and now everybody wants to look pretty for Santa,” she says.
Linda Crosswell, of Luxe Hair Matakana, has lost two stylists, leaving her by herself to pick up the backlog. She says it has been “daunting but doable”.
She has been prioritising ladies needing their colours done and fitting in haircuts where possible. She has been sanitising between cuts and allowing just one client inside the salon at a time.
“It has been made very clear what is expected of hairdressers. Thankfully everyone has been respectful of one another. If we all do our bit everything will be okay,” she says.