• Thu, Oct 6 2011

UK Stylist Opens Special Hair Salon For Fat People

A UK hairdresser named Bashar Brown has opened a hair salon for plus size customers only that will feature larger chairs, smocks, and even neck divots. (You know, in those hair-washing sinks.) He says he did it in order to make plus size women feel more comfortable going to get their hair done.

“I’ve been a hairdresser for years,” he told The Daily Mail. “Increasingly, larger women were telling me how they hate going to the salon because they are filled with slim, glamorous women.  For them, it feels the same as walking into a gym full of ultra-fit people. They feel like everyone is staring at them. I just thought – ‘this isn’t right!’ and decided to set up a salon where overweight people would feel comfortable.”

Part of me thinks this is not the right way to go about solving this problem. Shouldn’t hair salons, which presumably enjoy making money, already have chairs, sinks, etc. that accommodate all potential customers and not just the small to medium sized ones? Furthermore, shouldn’t the skinny people in hair salons stop staring rudely at the fat people, and shouldn’t overweight women assert their confidence by continuing to get their hair done as fancily as they want it, at whichever salons they please?

They should indeed, in an ideal world. But it seems like Brown is addressing an immediate need that affects at least some women who can’t wait until fatphobia is eradicated to get their hair done, one of whom is his own wife:

“I love big women and think she looks fabulous but it gets her down. Before she met me she hated getting her hair cut and avoided it as much as possible. It was only when she met me that she started enjoying getting her hair done. It just seemed so wrong that someone as gorgeous as my wife would worry about going to the hairdressers. I just thought it was about time it was made an enjoyable experience for women like her.”

That’s kind of sweet, no? Still, it’s sort of depressing that we need this.

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  • crackerjackie

    Agreed. I wouldn’t feel comfortable going to that salon. It’s the same thing as a plus-size store. Bigger women want to be accommodated, but they also want to be included. Why the separation? Does the same confidence issue repeat when you/someone else is the smallest fat person in the salon?

  • Sam Singer

    I also don’t feel the need for a salon to specialize for certain clients. Though, most salons should still be able to treat all clients the same and still provide the same great service to all of them. I make the clients I do referral marketing feel at home at my salon and making sure no one is alienated.

  • Lando

    Why do you assume the people in the salon are “staring rudely” at the larger women? When you’re getting your hair done, you often have no control over where the stylist points your chair and you have to look somewhere, unless you prefer to keep your eyes closed. I doubt many people think very much when they see an overweight person at a salon, or anywhere else for that matter.