The incoming President of the Irish Hairdressers Federation has said people are offering to pay up to four times the normal price for a haircut on the black market.

Speaking to RTÉ's Today with Sean O’Rourke programme, Danielle Kennedy said hairdressers are being offered up to €200 for a haircut from clients, compared to the regular price of €40-€50 before Covid-19.

She said the black market has "erupted" since the Government's announcement that salons will not reopen until the 20 July.

"People just aren't prepared to wait that long," Ms Kennedy said.

"It erupted even further since the announcement that we aren't going to open until the 20th July. People just aren't prepared to wait that long for a haircut. 

"Roughly €150 to €200 for a haircut compared to €40 to €50, so three and four times the normal price to get it done.

"It’s putting salons under an awful lot of pressure because there is a fear that the owners are going to crumble and will just try and look after their clients."

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The Irish Hairdressers Federation would like to propose practical measures to the Government in order move the reopening to Phase Three of the Government’s measures, at the end of June, Ms Kennedy said.

"Hairdressing salons are sterile environments. We are well equipped to cope with this and we are happy to take that up a notch," she said.

"We are all salon owners so we know what we suggest are things that will work and are practical for the industry."

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Speaking on the same programme Professor Kim Roberts, Assistant Professor of Virology at Trinity College Dublin, said that wearing a mask for the time it takes for a haircut might be of benefit.

"But it needs to be worn properly and people need to realise that wearing a mask does not give you 100% protection," she said

Prof Roberts said the number of clients in a salon would need to be reduced.

Cutting hair outside may be "helpful", Prof Roberts said, as "the air flow can reduce the time in which the virus is alive for and particles can reduce more quickly".

Meanwhile in the US, a Texas hairdresser was sentenced to seven days in jail for keeping her salon open in violation of lockdown orders.

Shelley Luther, who owns Salon A La Mode, was ordered on 28 March to comply with stay-at-home restrictions imposed by the city, county and state.

When she refused, a Dallas federal court on Tuesday sentenced her to seven days in jail.