Nicola Sturgeon: Opening of hairdressers in ‘pure self-interest’

Nicola Sturgeon has pledged to Scotland's women that she will open hairdressers as soon as possible – as she insisted that she does not have a secret hairdresser, despite social media claims.

In response to a question by MSP Annabelle Ewing Ms Sturgeon said hairdressers would be open as soon as possible, which she insisted was out of “pure self-interest” – but admitted she could not yet give a specific date.

Ms Ewing told the Scottish Parliament’s Covid-19 committee that she had a question for the First Minister that she said a lot of women across Scotland would want to know the answer to.

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She asked: “When can we go to the hairdressers?”

First Minister Nicola Sturgeon said that the opening of hairdressers was in "pure self-interest".

Ms Sturgeon said: "I’m not going to give you a date, but I can give you a 100 per cent assurance though that I will not delay our ability to visit the hairdresser any longer than is necessary. I am saying that out of pure self-interest, as anybody looking at me can see."

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She added: "There are still conspiracy theories that circulate on social media from time to time that I have got a secret hairdresser somewhere.

"I can say, firstly, that's not true, but, secondly, I don't know how anybody looking at me right now could reach that conclusion. No hairdresser is responsible, or would take responsibility, for this, so hairdressers – just as quickly as it’s possible to do."

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Last month, the First Minister announced the gradual reopening of the economy, including shops, hospitality, gyms and hairdressers.

Scotland will also move back into a levels system from the final week in April, depending on the progress of the vaccinations’ programme.

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