Do plus-size women need their own hair salons?
Bashar Brown, a British hair stylist, seems to think so. The Daily Mail reports that Brown has opened Hair By Bashar, a salon that caters to overweight clients who've previously felt uncomfortable or discriminated against in mainstream salons.
"Increasingly, larger women were telling me how they hate going to the salon because they are filled with slim, glamorous women," Brown explained. "For them, it feels the same as walking into a gym full of ultra-fit people. They feel like everyone is staring at them."
So Brown, operating out of his Kent home, invested over $7,000 to create a space where larger women and men could feel comfortable getting their hair styled. This means extra large seats, gowns and hair-washing basins.
The hair stylist himself says he especially sympathizes with curvier clients because he, too, used to be overweight, he told the Daily Mail. Now he wants to make those who feel uncomfortable with their bodies glamorous when it comes to beauty.
It's an honorable sentiment, but a somewhat strange concept. In theory, shouldn't thin women and curvier women be able to dwell in the same space without the former making the latter feel self-conscious? We like Brown's idea... but we'll be even happier when salons can have both larger chairs and an atompshere where women don't feel judged by other women for their figures.
Hey, we can dream.
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