Visiting the salon during the Coronavirus Pandemic

We want to reassure you that we will be following all government guidelines, and possibly beyond, to ensure the safety of our clients and team alike.

We appreciate that visiting the salon for most is a time to relax and be indulged and we will still do our utmost to achieve this. Please bear in mind that these changes are necessary and everyone must adhere to them. We ask that you read them carefully so that you are prepared so as to avoid any disappointment on arrival and during your appointment.

Be aware that we are located in ‘a Tier 3’ area. The government advice is not to travel in or out of an area when it is categorised as very high alert level.

Remember that all services are by appointment only. Do not visit the salon unless you have an appointment, we ask that you telephone us to make a booking. We are unable to accept any walk-ins.

All clients must ensure their contact details are up to date – these include a valid email address, phone number and address. We require these to manage your appointment, but also for test and trace or managing any localised restrictions within the area should this be necessary. You can read our privacy policy as to how we look after your data.

What you need to do when visiting the salon

  • Please do not bring any unnecessary bags or coats with you as we will not be able to store them.
  • We require all clients over the age of 11 to wear a face-covering in the salon & barbershop. This is because at times social distancing may be difficult and clients are coming into contact with people that they do not normally meet.
  • Please come on your own. We will not be able to accommodate any children/friends etc, unless they also have an appointment, as we have no waiting area.
  • Carers or guardians are of course welcome to attend an appointment with children, only 1 adult per 2 children unless there is a genuine care need when using the sensory room.
  • It’s important that you do not arrive until your appointment time as we will have no waiting areas available. You may be required to wait outside even if you are on time so please be prepared.
  • Please try to use contactless payment if possible to reduce contact with the card machine.
  • If you are late we may have to regrettably refuse your appointment.
  • Please visit the toilet before leaving home for your appointment to try to reduce the use of ours during your visit as much as possible.
  • Please do not self-select retail products, allow the team to collect from the shelves for you.
  • There will be no magazines available to read, so please bring any reading material with you.
  • Please be very honest with us if you feel unwell or if you have been in contact with anyone who has been unwell with any similar symptoms to COVID-19. If this is the case please do not visit the salon and inform us as soon as possible.
  • No drinks service will be available in the salon, however, clients may bring drinks in disposable containers.
  • We reserve the right to charge for no-show bookings.

Additional information for parents with children

This guidance must be followed in addition to the information above

  • Styling will be provided in ‘family areas’ where families can be together as a unit. These may not always be in Noah’s Ark
  • All toys, iPads, books, gaming systems have been removed and the playroom is closed. If you still wish your child to be occupied when they visit the salon, please bring your own items with you.
  • Some children may be distressed whilst having their hair cut, resulting in tears and runny noses! We ask parents to be mindful that whilst we can wear PPE and put other measures in place, this increases the risk for stylist working in close proximity to your child. If at any point our team do not feel safe, we will pause the service where we can, or ask you to return on another occasion. It’s also wise to bring tissues if this may be the case and that they are disposed of responsibly.
  • Regrettably, we are unable to accept bookings from children who when accompanied by a parent or carer, are still unable to understand and adhere to our health and safety measures. This decision of the child’s ability to adhere to our guidelines will be that of the parent/guardian, however, a stylist may also refuse a booking for a child e.g. a new client whom we have no experience, or pause the service at any point if they do not feel safe.
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Bosun’s Barbers arrives in port

We’ve gone back to our roots and opened a traditional barbershop located on the upper deck of Antony and Patricia. It reflects the history of our Director Tony Winder when in 1967 he went to sea as a cruise ship’s barber initially on the SS Southern Cross then SS Oriana when he circumnavigated the globe several times.

Tony sailed through the Panama Canal, got to be in Tonga on Independence Day, visited New Zealand, Australia, South Africa and all over the South Pacific & the Caribbean. Following on from this amazing experience he was ship’s barber on aircraft carrier HMS Eagle and HMS Raleigh and also spent two seasons as a camp barber at Butlins in Filey and Minehead.

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Interior of Bosun’s Barbers

The barbershop opening also marks 47 in business. Since completing his training in 1962, Tony has been collecting barbershop memorabilia and his artefacts are finally on display inside Bosuns.

Come aboard and experience the nautical theme authentic ship’s windows converted into mirrors and lighting fixtures also originate from a ship. Relax into authentic barber chairs that are nearly 80 years old, which have been renovated and stripped down to the last nut and bolt. Outside the salon and barbershop, we have installed a renovated rare 1966 Dexter’s barber’s pole.

When we opened A&P in 1969 the barbershop and ladies hairdressers were separate, then in the late 70s unisex was the vogue and men and women would have their haircut, permed and highlighted sitting side by side. Returning to 2016, the beard and barbershop have seen a revival we’re pleased that the salon is going back to its roots and separating the two.

Carly Nicholas is an experienced barber who recently joined the team to oversee the barbershop and as expected she is excited to be barbering in such a unique salon. She brings with her over 11 years of ladies and gentlemen’s hairdressing skills, the latter four years working solely as a barber.

Bookings can be made by calling 01706 217129

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