Salons have been warned against offering black market cuts as many continue to pay home visits during the coronavirus lockdown.
As small businesses fight for survival, desperate self-employed beauticians and hairdressers are posting adverts on Gumtree offering to go to people's homes and give them makeovers.
Now, the National Hair and Beauty Federation (NHBF) has issued a warning to hairdressers and barbers trying to find a way around social distancing.
In an email, it urged members not to go in people's homes, warning them they would not be covered by insurance.
Some enterprising salons have instead turned to Instagram and Zoom to show people how to safely cut and style their own hair at home.
Adverts on Gumtree from mobile hairdressers and Beauty therapists are offering a range of at-home treatments
Barbers and hairdressers are offering to go in people's home despite warnings from the NHBF
This barber is offering at-home services across London, using an image of actor Russell Crowe to promote their work
Grace Poston-Miles, who runs Grace Hair and Beauty in Chichester, West Sussex, is helping customers by showing them how to do their hair via online tutorials - rather than going into people's homes
Grace Hair and Beauty in Chichester, West Sussex, is posting regular tips for customers alongside videos helping them to look their best through the lockdown
Adverts on Gumtree from mobile hairdressers and Beauty therapists are offering a range of at-home treatments, with discounts as many jostle for clients.
The NHBF has now sent a warning letter to salons, writing: 'This would be against the Government's strict social distancing instructions which say you must stay at home apart from essential travel.
'We need to do all we can to prevent the spread of coronavirus.
'Also-please bear in mind that your insurance will probably not cover you if you normally work in a salon or barbershop.'
The NHBF is also urging people against home-dyeing, warning they could suffer a 'colour reaction such as a green tinge.'
Grace Poston-Miles, who runs Grace Hair and Beauty in Chichester, West Sussex, is posting regular tips for her customers online, alongside videos helping them to look their best through the lockdown.sonos sonos One (Gen 2) -