Why do I offer a gender neutral environment? Here at Obsession Hair and Beauty, I am proud to be a gender-neutral hair salon! But why is having this approach so important to us? Here’s why I chose to go gender-neutral.
What is the difference between gender neutral and unisex salons? A unisex hair salon is traditional a type of hair salon and are very different from gender-neutral hair salons. A unisex salon will typically have services for men and women, and prices will be separated accordingly. Gender-neutral hair salons will never divide services or prices based on gender. I charge you for the time you are sat in the salon, not for your gender.
Why is having a gender neutral environment so important to me? Obsession Hair and Beauty has a clear ethos of creating a welcoming environment where everyone feels relaxed and at ease in a private 1-2-1 studio. This wouldn’t be possible if I didn’t make equality integral to my business values. I am proud to have an inclusive space where I will always greet you with a warm welcome. my gender-neutral services allow me to not only accommodate everyone, but, ensure all guests have the comfort they deserve whilst at the salon.
Why should men pay less, and ladies pay more? Heard of the ‘pink tax’? Traditionally, ladies pay more for hair services than men. This is because a visit to the hair salon for ladies is still considered a 'luxury', whereas men’s hair services are recognised as a necessity. Why should ladies with short hair pay more for a service than men with long hair when, usually, shorter hair takes much less time and uses less product. Genderless pricing completely eliminates this inequity. To me, its more fair to pay based on the time taken, since this is the main expense of a hair service for hair salons.
Studies have shown that 93% of members of the LGTBQ+ community say they feel anxious about visiting a hair salon due to being mis gendered. By operating a gender-neutral service structure, the need to even mention your gender is no longer needed, which hopefully creates a much more comfortable environment for everyone, particularly those who are transgender or non-binary.
Why do I want to be part of the movement in the hair and beauty industry? As a hair stylist and beauty therapist, I feel I have a duty to do my part. Unfortunately, a majority of salons still use male and female pricing structures. This not only encourages inequity in our industry, but also leaves so many members of our fellow man kind, feeling alienated Obsession hair and beauty studio provides a gender-neutral option for people in Chichester and the surrounding areas. I feel this a positive step in the right direction to help improve the Hair and Beauty industry standards, alongside my sustainability values.
So how does my gender-neutral hair and beauty services work? Obsession Hair and Beauty's service list is based on an hourly rate, so you pay for the time spent on your services rather than a set price purely based on your gender. This means, if you are a human with short hair, you might pay less than someone who has very long hair. Now, how much fairer is that? Along side being gender-neutral, there are other benefits to my system. As your hair stylist or beauty therapist, I will focus on you for your entire service on a 1-2-1 bases, so your service should take a bit less time than usual, and you will walk out feeling like a king and/or queen that has been listened to for all your wants and needs with you hair, skin and nails!
Sound like heaven to you? I look forward to meeting you very soon :-)