Mark Maciver, Slider Cuts, London
“I’ve been staying in touch with clients by phone and social media, in particular Instagram. I’ve been giving haircut guidance, as many clients are either cutting their hair themselves or their partners are doing it for them. I’ve also given advice on barbering equipment, such as suitable clippers to use and where to purchase them.
“The biggest positive is being able to spend a lot of quality time with my children. I don’t usually get to spend this amount of time with them due to my working hours. Since the lockdown, I spend all day with my two boys and my wife has been able to work as she’s an artist. I’ve had the privilege of waking up to them, playing with them, cooking and getting them ready for bedtime.
“My hope for the industry is that this encourages salon owners, and those who are self-employed, to put things into place to protect them in unforeseen circumstances. Things like insurance, as well as other provisions like pension plans and injury protection. The only small fear I have is that, in the aftermath of this, people might feel concerned about visiting places like the barbershop because of the close proximity of the space.”