(Picture: Hair Advisor UK/Twitter/Getty)A hair salon is alienating customers for its stringent rules.
The anonymous stylist shared an Instagram Story saying anyone taller than 5’8″ and/or with a hair length that reaches where their bra strap is, has to pay more for their haircut.
They also said they require pictures of your current hair and those who fib about their hair’s real length will have to pay an additional charge.
The image was shared on Twitter by a UK salon review page, who asked whether stylists were asking too much of their clients.
Pretty much everyone said yes.
Are Hair Stylists expecting too much from their clients?
An anonymous Hair Stylist has put a height restriction on her clients and we’re not just talking about hair.
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On the Story, which was seen by over 1,000 people, it said: ‘Please note that the price is subject to change.
‘If you are above the height of 5’8″, there is an additional charge, if your hair is bra strap length or longer, there is an additional charge.
‘If you incorrectly measure your hair, the scheduled length you initially booked may be changed and additional costs will be added accordingly.
‘Also, current pictures of your hair are required at the time of your consultation.’
So basically if you’re a semi-tall person with long hair, you’re could end up unexpectedly spending extra cash.
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Twitter users commented that the rules were discriminatory and nonsensical.
Hair Advisor UK told Metro.co.uk they thought the rules were a confusing money-making scheme.
‘We view this as a bad idea because it is discrimination against a specific group of people when there is no correlation between a person’s height and length of hair,’ they say.
‘An individual’s height should not affect the price of service they receive! We believe the hair stylist did this to attain more money from her clients at any means possible.’
Others felt the height rule was arbitrary. ‘This hair stylist has lost her damn mind! What in the world has height got to do with the length of hair!’ they wrote.
‘What kind of height discrimination is this?’ said another.
One person asked whether it could be because the stylist is unable to reach taller clients.
While this may be an extreme case, there are various discrepancies between what salons charge for their services.
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Women are often charged more for their haircuts, even if they have short crops.
Some charge more depending on the seniority of the stylist, or on special services they offer. Rococo Organic Salon, for example, offers haircuts using all vegan products. They told Metro.co.uk for this reason all their haircuts start from £50.
‘This is a reasonable price,’ said manager Mas. ‘It’s “from” because we add (vegan) extras. But we charge an extra £5-£10 for longer/thicker hair or trickier styling.
‘These extra works take extra time, and I would say pricing is more to do with time spent.
‘Extra charge applies to colouring too and depends on how much is used. So time and materials decide the price.’
Similarly, the Good Salon Guide which works with around 2,000 salons in the UK said pricey haircuts are an investment.
‘Although hairdressing doesn’t always receive the respect it deserves your stylist or colourist will have trained, many to degree level before they welcome you into the salon,’ a spokesperson told us.
‘Much of that training is paid for by the salon owner in order to offer the best service possible. Professional products, whether that’s the colour or shampoo etc, are also expensive but very much worth it as they help keep the hair and scalp healthy and your hair looking vibrant.
‘Salons also have to cover the same costs as any high street business so setting the price of the service is a combination of these things.
‘A colour can seem expensive but when you compare this with the damage you can do to your scalp and hair through not going to a professional it is money well spent!
‘We are also seeing more salons than ever offer gender-neutral pricing.’
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