So I'm at work and a haircut walks through the door. It's my turn and I go up front to greet them and take down there name and the women says to me, "Do you do little boys haircuts." I say back, "Yes, what's his name." So that I can write it down. She looks me right in the face and says, "I will wait for the next stylist. I think you might scare him." My manager went into protection mode to stand up for me. She asked, "What about her do you think he would be scared of?Her bald head?" The women responded, "Well yes and her earrings and well her whole look really. Does she have cancer?" Kristy answered by saying, "She doesn't have cancer its called Alopecia." explained what it is. She didn't even give him a chance to react to me being bald just assumed he would be scared of me. Maybe because of her close mindedness he should be scared of her. Makes me sad for him that he's growing up with a ignorant women like that as someone to look up to. It was just like if someone was racist, homophobic and didn't want a black person or a gay person to cut there hair. Someone that will just try to shelter him from anybody slightly different looking than the norm. Wonder how she going to keep him from being scared of actually scary things that are really trying to hurt him or cause him a problem. Another stylist cut his hair and I just waited in the break room for her to leave. I really hope she won't be back.

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Comment by kymkym on September 5, 2014 at 11:23am

Unfortunately, we do live in a world where closemindedness is quite the norm.  From what you described it appears this child will have many of the same views that he is taught.

Why would your manager feel the need to tell a customer about your baldness?  There are many women who are bald as a fashion choice.  Did you go to the breakroom because it was your break or to avoid the woman?

I hope your day became better.

 

Comment by LK on September 7, 2014 at 10:43am
How awful. I try everyday to be more accepting of the world around me. I grew up on a farm in Midwestern US. No Hispanics. No African Americans . No homosexuals. At least not openly out of the closet ones. I now live in the suburbs of a large Midwestern city. I can understand this woman's opinion. Parents teach tolerance. She was wrong. She could have used this situation to teach her son acceptance, instead she taught him to be fearful.
I have been a customer in the other situation. I always feel the need to explain my problem and to beg them not to be rough with th little hair I have. I have FAA and my hair comes and goes. It is a million different lengths because each grows longer or shorter than the next. Each hair may fall out sooner than the next and then regrow thus being shorter than the one that stayed in. I have been accused of cutting my own hair or cutting it with a weed wacker. I use rogaine and shampoo for thinning hair to just try to keep from wearing wigs and pieces. I do get my hair colored though when I in remission. I just can't seem to embrace the gray. My question is this. As a stylist, what do you expect us to say or do? I know that I have a mess on top of my head.
Comment by LK on September 9, 2014 at 11:14pm
Sheena, please help me. I really need some advice who understands how it feels to be on the other side of the beautician's chair. Should I get my hair colored or no?

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