AFTER months of unpredictable home haircuts, queues formed outside Tynedale hairdressers as they reopened after three months.

Stevie Cuts barbers on Prudhoe Front Street reopened on with clients scheduling haircuts in advance on its online booking system.

Reopening the barber shop doors was "exciting" for owner Steven Ong who is fully booked up for coming weeks.

"It's good to see all of our clients again and get back into a routine," he said.

"We would normally split our work between appointments and walk-ins, but now we're all focused on appointments."

"It's a lot more controllable with all the guidelines and rules."

Steven, and assistant barber Steven Mcletchie, have introduced mandatory mask wearing and inside social distancing.

He added: "Everyone has been fine with the mask wearing. Clients have been asked to come with their own mask, and if they haven't got a mask we can supply one.

"We were wearing gloves and masks before the lockdown so we were comfortable with enforcing it."

In Market Street, Hexham, Wayne Noble at MO Hair Studio said reopening was "worrying and scary".

"I'm not quite sure if there is anything that has really changed since March," he said, "but I'm sure my clients will be sensible."

"My salon is a little bit different to others because there is only me here, so it is always going to be one-on-one, which makes me feel a little bit more relaxed.

Wayne wears a face mask and visor for each appointment, and has made changes to the interior.

He added: "We have hand sanitiser and all clients will wear masks. I'm insistent that they do because it is a fairly small space."