WE missed them incredibly during lockdown and many of us could not wait to get back to them.

So, with that in mind we asked readers of the News & Star: Where are the best hair salons in Carlisle.

As ever readers were not shy in offering up their suggestions.

Here is what you said...

1. Violet White Salon, which is on Fisher Street in Carlisle, averages around 4.6 stars on Google reviews, out of 43 reviews.

One very satisfied customer, Damien Sealey, said: “I have been getting my hair cut by salon owner Louise for well over 10 years now and always enjoy our chats and laughs while in her professional company.

2. Simon’s Hair Shop, which also averages at around 4.8 stars out of five on Google reviews, out of 78 reviews, with over 40 years in the business.

One happy chappy, Chris Magas, spoke of his visit, and said: “Ceara was doing my hair, she was warm friendly, and listened to what I wanted.

3. Boyd Hair & Beauty, where one person who visited, Fiona Seabrook, said: “All the staff are lovely and helpful."

4. Escape Hair & Beauty, on Denton Street, is rated an average of 4.8 out of five.

One customer, Susan Johnson, said: “Wonderful salon with very talented stylists.”

5. Zoe’s Hair Salon, on Warnell Drive, rated 4.7 stars, has a review by Emily Farish who said: “Lovely Salon and lovely staff.”

6. E.S. Hairdressing, on Castle Street, is rated 4.5 stars out of five.

One impressed visitor, Sharon Mee, complimented their work: “Excellent staff.

“Fabulous cuts and colours.”

7. El Salón, which is on London Road, and boasts a rating average of 5 out of 5.

Helping them achieve this was Tania Kirkbride, who wrote of her trip: “Having my hair cut and coloured always felt like a chore before, but going to El Salón is such a lovely experience.”

8. Atelier Hair Couture, rated 4.6 out of five, is on Warwick Road in the centre.

One customer who went there, Heather Hutchinson, wrote very positively of their visit.

She said: “Once you go to them you won’t go any where else.

“Fantastic help when I cut my hair for Little Princess trust, for children’s wigs, always good advice if you’re trying something.”

9. Chique Hair and Beauty on Newtown Road has gained an astounding 4.9 stars on average, in part thanks to a lovely review from Louise Bartrip, who wrote: I have been coming to this salon for about 11 years and see Kelly for all my treatments, all of the staff are really friendly and professional.

10. Ivory Hair Salon, rated a full 5 out of 5, is on Warwick Road.

A five star review written by a very satisfied customer named Sheila Houston said: “Excellent service from Michael, friendly, relaxing and a fabulous cut.”