Our capacity

We only have one part-time colourist, Mable, and sadly she does not cut hair.  Mable is able to offer between 4 and 8 colour services per week, and demand remains very high!  This means our wait times for colour services are quite long, and booking a cut and colour isn’t as simple as we’d like, as it involves coordinating 2 different stylists.

We don’t use our website booking system for colour because of our limited capacity and health and safety obligations. Instead please email openbarbers@gmail.com to book. include the service you require and your availability and we will talk you through the process necessary to book a colour service.

Health and Safety

Recently published guidelines suggest that COVID-19 can generate an increased risk of allergic reactions to colour

For safety reasons, we will require some clients to come in for a skin test at least 48 hours in advance of their appointment.  In order to meet our legal obligations as smoothly as possible, we will be arranging colour services, consultations and skin test appointments by email to all new clients and also to returning clients who fulfil certain criteria.  

Where we consider skin tests to be necessary, they are a legal requirement, as allergic reactions to colour can result in serious injury or death, and we could be prosecuted if we don’t follow Health & Safety at work legislation.

What decides if I need a skin test?

Once you email us your interest at openbarbers@gmail.com, you will be sent a short questionnaire, and this will help us know if a skin test will be needed.

If you answer yes to any of these questions you might need a skin test (this is only a guide):

  • have you recently had Covid-19 or any other illness that has put your immune system under strain?
  • have you recently had the Covid 19 vaccine?
  • it is more than 6 months since your last colour service with us?
  • have you ever had a “black henna” temporary tattoo?
  • have you used a box dye since your last appointment with us?
  • does your service requires dye to come into contact with your scalp? (for example in highlighting the colour won’t come into direct contact with your skin)
  • do you require a permanent tint?


How to book

Email openbarbers@gmail.com to book.

We will then send a questionnaire and decide if you need to come in for a skin test.