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It's A Close Shave For Nigel And Glenda As They 'Cut Loose'

Don't worry, there isn't a pie shop next door!

So when the not-so-demon barber of Loose gets out his cut-throat razor, there is no need to be alarmed.

Nigel Summers and his partner, Glenda Hinton, recently took over the Cut Loose hairdressers and beauty salon on the Loose Road at Loose, and now it is a salon with a difference.

While Glenda looks after the hairdressing operation, Nigel has his own section in which he offers the shave to remember.

"I remember when I used to have a proper shave with all the lotions, hot towels and cut­throat razor, and I wanted to bring that back because I felt there would be a call for it. And I was right," he said.

Gullands' Partner, and head of the Commercial Department, Paul Burbidge, was called upon to deal with the intricacies of a very complicated lease, and in April 2008 the duo took up residence.
Nigel shows his expertise with a blade on Gullands Partner Paul Burbidge and inset: Glenda Hinton

Nigel underwent specialist training in wet shaving and now finds that men wanting to look their best for that special night out or occasion, come to him for the hour-long shaving experience, face massage and manicure, for which they pay upwards of £25 depending upon the package chosen.

Glenda, 49, a hairdresser of some note in Maidstone salons over the years, took a break from the industry before returning as Nigel's partner and since occupation in April has built the business to such an extent that the eight staff are kept busy with hairdressing, beauty treatments, make-up, manicures and tanning.

Nigel also wants to train one of the female staff in the techniques of wet shaving.

Paul Burbidge said: "It was a particularly difficult lease to negotiate because of what had gone on before Nigel and Glenda became interested in the business. My job was to make sure a new lease was granted which was beneficial to them, and this we managed to do successfully."