Last year saw the hairy problem of hairdressers cutting up badly over the need to have a premises licence in order to hand out free drinks to their clients. Apparently, Local Authorities were getting a little snippy, particularly around Christmas, at the distribution of glasses of champagne and mulled wine to the pampered salon-goers. This, they maintain, bleaches the terms of the Licensing Act 2003. Nits.

Head Honcho at one beneficent Beautician’s told the press:

“This is a complementary part of the visit. It is just a small gesture to add to the relaxation of the visit and we would not want to withdraw that. Why not sit and be pampered while you have your haircut?”

@SarahCloverBar couldn’t wholeheartedly agree more, and is somewhat off colour to have found herself at the fringe of this desirable practice, in being offered only tea and coffee at the upper cut outlets that she has hitherto tended to frequent.

In an attempt to get to the roots of the problem, @SarahCloverBar has conducted a fine tooth comb investigation into the highlights of alcohol in hairdressers. She is pleased to report that she may have come across a legal setting solution, and is happy to offer some tips, and straighten readers out.

The long and the short of it may be found in the Health (Hairdressers) Regulations 1980.

These regulations help us to brush up with some layered definitions, and we have chopped out the mane parts:

“Hairdressing means the dressing, curling, waving, cleansing, cutting, shaving, trimming, singeing, bleaching, tinting, colouring, or other treatment of the hair or beard of any person.”

@SarahCloverBar is pleased to note that, notwithstanding the distinct absence of alcohol at any of her crinigerous experiences, no-one has yet attempted to singe her hair. Or, indeed, beard.

But the interpretation that turns the locks on the tangled issue appears to be this:

“Alcohol means a mixture of alcohol and water, with or without perfume, wood naptha, or pyridine, and containing in the mixture not less than 69.5 percent and not more than 70.4 percent volume in volume of ethyl alcohol or isopropyl alcohol.”

So – there it is: a heady mix guaranteed to make your hair curl.

@SarahCloverBar can confidently pronounce that hairdressers that are prepared to serve up the above concoction to their customers will receive the full coverage of the Regulations, and would need no further help from a Licensing Consultant. On the other hand, they may well find they require the rather urgent advice of the Personal Injury Practitioner, or possibly Criminal lawyer.