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How accessible is the beauty and hair salon industry?
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?