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How accessible is the beauty and hair salon industry?

ClaireOTClaireOT Posts: 4Member Listener
Having recently visited a hair salon, I observed a wheelchair user who was unable to have her hair washed in the basins in her wheelchair. I watched on as two hairdressers drag lifted this lady out of her wheelchair to put her onto their seat so she could have her hair washed. This made me think, where is the fairness, dignity or safety in that? It got me thinking, how accessible is the beauty and hair industry environment? Every body has a right to go out and access services in their community. Engaging in self-care activities (or occupations) are very meaningful to a lot of people. Although there are mobile beauty and hairdressing/barber services that can come to people’s homes if needs be, individuals are willing to pay for the experience and luxury of going out to a salon/barber. There is nothing like being pampered by somebody else, catching up with friends in a social environment and having a catch up over coffee whilst you get your treatment-it is time for yourself. As a student Occupational Therapist as part of a final year project, I am looking into the efficacy of working with the beauty industry to see how accessible businesses' think they are and whether this is something they would like to improve on. Your experiences and opinions would be much appreciated. Have you ever had difficulties in accessing nail/beauty/hair services? 

How accessible is the beauty and hair salon industry? 5 votes

I've never had a problem in accessing beauty services
I've had some difficulty in the past with accessing beauty services
whistles 1 vote
I always have difficulty accessing beauty services
MonSter10 1 vote
I avoid accessing beauty services and prefer someone to come to my home
wheelygirlBlue FrogAriel 3 votes


  • ClaireOTClaireOT Posts: 4Member Listener
    Your experiences and opinions are much appreciated. If you would like to say anything in addition to this poll, please feel free. I will be forever grateful! 
  • nanof6nanof6 Posts: 197Member Chatterbox
    i cant get into any hair dressers where i live, i go to the collage, locals loss, anyway instead of £15   £20 for a hair cut, it cost me £4. 50p i'm well happy
  • Blue FrogBlue Frog Posts: 373Member, Community champion Chatterbox
    edited April 2017
    I avoid accessing beauty services and prefer someone to come to my home
    @ClaireOT have you seen this? Lots of good discussion on a similar issue...


    (my vote is on your poll is on behalf of my little girl)
  • ClaireOTClaireOT Posts: 4Member Listener
    Hi both, thanks so much for taking part. 

    'nanof6' out of interest, why is it that you can't access the hair dressers where you live? e.g. is it actually getting into the hairdressers that is the problem? Also, if you could click which option you feel answers your experience best on the poll, that would be much appreciated- thank you. 

    'Blue Frog', Thank you for taking part in the poll and for sharing the link- I will check it out. 
  • FluffandFlowFluffandFlow Posts: 1Member Listener
    Hi to all,

    For me going to salon is not the only way to have a beautiful hair dressed and style, there are now having different product that can help us and do it by own self only in an easy way to keep stay pretty and healthy our hair.
  • MonSter10MonSter10 Posts: 1Member Listener
    I always have difficulty accessing beauty services
    Hi Claire,

    Great to read your post here, I did actually Google "accessible salon" with my postcode, what came up was a salon in London (I'm in Manchester) upon reading their info it turned out that they were not accessible after all. I guess that's how inaccessible the hair & beauty industry is. I've been a model, dancer, musician with my own businesses in the past. I'm now a wheelchair user due to the MonSter  (S P Multiple Sclerosis) frantically attempting to find someone other than my ten year old daughter, or husband to cut my hair.  Maybe I'll take the tip of going to the nearest college, thanks nanof6!
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