Huge queues snaked outside barber shops as people went to get their first hair cut in months.
As of today, barbers, hairdressers, and nail salons were able to reopen for the first time since before the third national lockdown in January.
In Fallowfield, dozens of people lined Wilmslow Road earlier this morning as they waited to get their lockdown locks trimmed at Fade Masters Barbers.
And at Standish Hairport, in Wigan, a line of eager customers wound out of the door and along the main road.
After months of waiting, many were desperate to have their unruly barnets snipped.
A policy of walk-ins only meant customers were forced to wait patiently for their turn in the barber's chair.
A number of measures were in place at the shop, including floor markings to show where people should wait and a restriction on the amount of people in the shop at any given time.
Elsewhere, Tommy Morris queued for more than an hour to get his hair cut at HD Barber Shop in Wythenshawe.
He said: “I’m very ready. I’m having a short back and sides.
"I haven’t had it this long since the 1970s."
A large queue also formed outside Sweeney Todds, in Bury Old Road, Prestwich, shortly before it opened at 9am.
While barbers and hairdressers have been allowed to reopen, they must adhere to a number of new government guidelines.
Under new rules, salons must reduce the time customers spend in their chairs so any services offered should be "short and basic".
This means that hairdressers are being asked to consider avoiding 'long treatments' such as highlights and any other services that may take time.
The guidelines state that hair and beauty salons “should keep appointments short and consider providing shorter, more basic treatments to keep the time to a minimum.”
Under the latest step in the government's roadmap for easing lockdown, gyms across the country were also allowed to reopen this morning.
At Team Greaves boxing gym, in Oldham, members returned for the first time in five months.
Owner Marvin Greaves admitted to feeling 'nervous' ahead of the reopening, but said he was pleased with how it had gone.
"It's been brilliant," he added. People are happy to be back keeping fit and healthy.
"It's good to get in contact with people again and start conversations.
"People have been struggling with their mental health and they use the gym to help them get rid of stress.
"I just hope we don't have another lockdown because it has been hard work."