I went back and forth a lot about the content of this post before deciding I really do need to say this:
Hairstylists, we have more power than we know.
Traditionally we have been told that money, politics, and religion are off limit topics and we should just quietly nod agreement and change the subject with our clients. This is wrong.
Our clients ask for our feedback and advice on everything from restaurants and vacation spots to relationships and raising their children, and right now some may need our guiding touch on some rather serious issues. I’m not advocating starting fights with clients, I’m just advocating to not support their ignorance.
So, this is for my client who is voting for Trump because they want to build a wall but she’s worried about how to keep her own illegal house cleaner. This is for the woman who is legitimately upset by #BlackLivesMatter because she thinks it should be #AllLivesMatter. This is for my clients who think Flint has clean water again. This is for everyone upset by the deaths of Dallas cops who didn’t bat an eye for Philandro or the Orlando gay club massacre.
NO, I will not nod my head along with you in agreement when I do not agree.
Clients trust their hair stylist with more than just their hair. Dig a little deeper if your client brings up a current event topic without understanding their privilege.