A HAMPSHIRE salon is calling on hairdressers to step forward and highlight their styling skills.

Now that barber shops and salons have reopened following government advice, Haringtons Hairdressers has announced it is on the search for over 70 new people to join their team.

In Southampton, they are on the hunt for ten stylists and colourists to be recruited at their Bedford Place branch as they come back from the lockdown.

While their Winchester hairdressing hub at The Square hopes to recruit eight people.

The push for recruitment comes as the salon branch faces demand from customers to open their doors for longer hours, as well as Sundays.

They have made the decision to return to the high street "fighting", despite the coronavirus pandemic forcing the business to place more than 150 staff on furlough until recently.

Nikki Neale, Head of Brand, Marketing and Acquisition at Haringtons, said: "Despite many hairdressing businesses being forced to close due to the effects of the Covid-19 pandemic, Haringtons used the crisis as an opportunity to improve our business at all levels.

"Most importantly, we are a people business, we have taken good care of our talent during lockdown, furloughing our teams and topping their salaries up to 100 per cent as well as providing additional training, but we recognise we don’t have enough people to reach our growth ambitions."

They are also looking to secure talent both from across the hairdressing and hospitality sector, recruiting jobs across its salons in Beaconsfield, Maidenhead, Marlow, Northwood, Reading, Southampton, Wendover, Winchester and Windsor.

Nikki added: "Our clients want us to be open for longer hours and on Sundays to accommodate their busy lifestyles. As we pride ourselves on bringing our clients the best in customer experience, we need to recruit to accommodate them.

"Our salon structure means we can welcome people who want more unusual hours if needed, not just the 9-5, if people would like to apply they just need to go to our website Haringtons.com."