Brits may not be able to get highlights or braids when salons reopen on April 12 as hairdressers have been told not to offer "long treatments".
Hairstyles should instead be kept "short and basic" to reduce the amount of time customers spend in the chair, it has been reported.
The government issued guidance ahead of salons reopening at midnight on Monday after four months of closure under the UK's Covid lockdown.
Hairdressers have been advised to "consider providing shorter, more basic treatments to keep the time to a minimum".
Longer treatments tend to include highlights, braids or deep conditioning treatments.
Judith Cummins, the Labour MP who co-chairs Parliament's group on beauty, aesthetics and wellbeing, told The Telegraph the rules will make it "very difficult" to make a living under "very woolly and very unclear" guidance.
She said: "It's very difficult to make a living if you're given guidance that is very woolly and very unclear.
"What's a short appointment, and what's the medium appointment, and what's a long appointment?
"I've got no idea, and I doubt whether the Government has any idea either."
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Hair salons are allowed to open but will do so under strict coronavirus measures, including working at every other station to maintain a two-metre distance.
The British Beauty Council also recommends that staff wear gloves, masks and gowns during appointments.
Customers are asked to wear face coverings during appointments to help stop Covid from spreading, with staff also wearing them while working.
Under the guidance, hairdressers are also expected to disinfect surfaces regularly, and hand sanitisers should be available to customers upon entry.
Other measures to help reduce Covid could include cutting out background music, keeping all premises ventilated where it is possible to do.
The rules have been branded "slapdash" by some ministers who have called for further clarity.
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