Pair of Als have cutting edge

Alex Howes and Alecia Hayes of Al's Barbers, Long Sutton.

Alex Howes and Alecia Hayes of Al's Barbers, Long Sutton.

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A pair of Als have brought a razor-sharp cutting edge to the Long Sutton hairdressing scene judging by the response to their new barber shop.

Alex Howes and Alecia Hayes opened Al’s Barbers in Market Street three weeks ago and they have been encouraged by the steady flow of customers from the town, as well as Spalding and Boston, wanting a simple, no-frills hair cut.

“We’re pleased to have our own barber shop and we’ve had some really good feedback from people,” Alex said.

“The shop is named after both of us and everybody seems to like the idea that we’ve used the first two letters of our names in the title.”

Alex from Holbeach and Alecia from Long Sutton worked together in the same premises when it was under different ownership and when the previous barber shop closed, they decided to go into business together.

“We get on really well and we both really like working in Long Sutton so when the old baber shop closed, we decided to strike out on our own,” Alex said.

“I’ve been a hairdresser for eight years and Alecia has been doing it for about five years, but we’ve only been working together for the last four years.

“We both did two-year apprenticeships in hairdressing, Alecia’s was in Sutton Bridge and mine was based in King’s Lynn.”

The barber shop does men’s, women’s and children’s hairdressing six days a week, Monday to Saturday, with an 8pm finish on Thursdays and an 8am opening on Saturdays.

Alex said: “Long Sutton is still growing as a town and people need somewhere convenient to walk into and have their hair cut without having to make an appointment.

“We hope to get a lot of customers from the old barber shop back and try to attract new customers to the shop.”