”We want to make sure businesses comply by the law and that consumers are protected by the law”.

The hairdressing industry has been warned against co-ordinating price increases or new charges.

The Competition and Consumer Protection Commission raised concerns around public statements that were made about new charges for clients, such as for the cost of PPE.

Businesses are entitled to increase prices to cover costs but it’s against competition rules for trade associations to co-ordinate prices.

The Irish Hairdressers Association has acknowledged it is not its role to make any recommendations on what salons should charge.

Brian McHugh from the CCPC’s says it wants to ensure consumers are protected.

”We do understand this is a very difficult and challenging time for businesses”, he said.

”It’s also a challenging time for consumers, so we want to make sure businesses comply by the law and that consumers are protected by the law”.