How much does the personal style of your hair dresser or barber affect your decision to use their services?

Back in the days when my hair style meant more to me than it does today, I would say that the personal style of a hair dresser or barber was important when exercising my choice as a potential customer. I would not have chosen to have my hair cut by someone sporting a Bobby Charlton comb over or a Michael Bolton mullet for example. Call me vain, if you will!

Without wishing to sound sexist, it is probably a more important consideration for women than men. Based on personal experience, women spend more time and money on their hair than men. No male employee at PJH Law has taken an afternoon off to have their cut although a female employee has. (Are you reading this Rona?)

Furthermore female hairdressers are more likely to have funky hairdoes than their male barber counterparts, who quite often, ironically, are as tonsorially challenged as Right Said Fred

That’s a very long introduction to the case reported here about a claim of Religious Discrimination brought by a Muslim Hairdresser who keeps her hair hidden behind a veil.

As a part of the service sector, a hairdresser is selling the service of a hair cut. Why would you buy a hair cut from someone who places no value on having their hair on open display?No doubt some of the questions the Central London Tribunal has to grapple with in January. It is indeed an irony that issues of personal appearance are taking up more and more of the Tribunals’ time, when the issues usually relate not to dressing in a fashionable way in the style of a celebrity but in dressing to observe one’s particular religion.We’ll keep you posted.