Why a haircut could cost more when Denmark’s salons reopen

The cost of going to the hairdresser in Denmark could be set for a hike in some areas when businesses reopen after lockdown.

Why a haircut could cost more when Denmark’s salons reopen
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A number of hair salons in various parts of the country plan to put their prices up when restrictions are eased and they can once again offer services, according to a report by broadcaster DR, which spoke to a number of business owners in the profession.

The hairdressers told DR they planned to raise prices to make up for income lost during Denmark’s lockdown. Service sector businesses including hairdressers, gyms, massage parlours and cosmetic clinics have been forced to close by coronavirus restrictions since December and were also impacted during the original Spring 2020 lockdown.

“We will do it because we need to. It’s a long lockdown and it costs me a lot of money every month. My staff will have to work twice as fast when we start up again to make up for some of what we’ve lost,” one of the hairdressers, Marie Quist of House of Fashion in Aabenraa and Haderslev, said according to DR.

Although the government has cautiously begun lifting restrictions since the beginning of this month, the rules that have been eased are primarily those impacting schools and youth education, as well as limits for gathering in public.

An announcement regarding longer term plans for further reopening is expected to be made this week.

Wage compensation schemes aimed at supporting businesses cover some, but not all of the costs incurred by salon staff unable to work, meaning a price increase of 10-20 kroner is likely for many services once they are able to reopen.

“We will have to raise prices to get through this and to get some liquidity into the accounts as soon as possible,” Quist told DR.

A spokesperson for an interest organisation for independent hairdressing and cosmetics businesses backed the decision to raise prices.

“It’s natural because they have lost and are losing an extremely high amount of money at the moment because they are forced to close. But also because the restrictions there will be might also mean they cannot allow as many customers into their salon,” Connie Mikkelsen told DR.

Although a number of salons have chosen to raise prices, there is not a general trend indicating prices will go up across the board, she also noted.

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‘We agree to disagree’: Still no progress in marathon SAS strike talks

By lunchtime on Friday, talks between the Scandinavian airline SAS and unions representing striking pilots were still stuck on "difficult issues".

'We agree to disagree': Still no progress in marathon SAS strike talks

“We agree that we disagree,” Roger Klokset, from the Norwegian pilots’ union, said at lunchtime outside the headquarters of the Confederation of Swedish Enterprise in Stockholm, where talks are taking place. “We are still working to find a solution, and so long as there is still some point in continuing negotiations, we will do that.” 

Mats Ruland, a mediator for the Norwegian government, said that there were “still several difficult issues which need to be solved”. 

At 1pm on Friday, the two sides took a short break from the talks for lunch, after starting at 9am. On Thursday, they negotiated for 15 hours, breaking off at 1am on Friday morning. 

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Marianne Hernæs, SAS’s negotiator on Friday told journalists she was tired after sitting at the negotiating table long into the night. 

“We need to find a model where we can meet in the middle and which can ensure that we pull in the income that we are dependent on,” she said. 

Klokset said that there was “a good atmosphere” in the talks, and that the unions were sticking together to represent their members.

“I think we’ve been extremely flexible so far. It’s ‘out of this world’,’ said Henrik Thyregod, with the Danish pilots’ union. 

“This could have been solved back in December if SAS had not made unreasonable demands on the pilots,” Klokset added. 

The strike, which is now in its 12th day, has cost SAS up to 130m kronor a day, with 2,550 flights cancelled by Thursday, affecting 270,000 passengers.