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.”
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.