THE cost-of-living crisis has prompted a Dunfermline salon to give what they can – the “luxury” of free haircuts for returning school pupils.

Sanctuary Hair and Beauty on Hospital Hill have launched the scheme, which will run until the new term begins, to give help to struggling families with young children.

Siobhan Banks, owner of the salon, told the Press: “We are always doing what we can to help the community or charities.

“We were involved with the Ukrainian baby box appeal and were giving haircuts to Ukrainians – it was amazing how it made them feel. The smiles on their faces and the confidence it gave them brought tears to my eyes.”

Every little helps as people face up to rising prices and she continued: “There are people who see getting a haircut as a luxury, but kids want to look their best and we're here to help.”

The Dunfermline team will be offering up to six haircuts each day – or more if they have space – which can be booked up until August 15.

“We have never done it before but I have been so aware of the cost-of-living going up,” the 38-year-old, who has been running the business for 12 years alongside her sister Catriona Shahamat, added.

“I am aware of it myself but I also know there are people on the breadline.”

The scheme is open to school aged children, both primary and secondary pupils, and booking, which can be done through social media, is recommended.

You can find out more about the salon on their Facebook page, Sanctuary Hair and Beauty.