Nestled in the heart of Hackney, East London since 2012, sits a tiny two-seat salon that may seem unassuming, but is making a mighty impact.

In this guest blog by Lou of Barberette, discusses creating an inclusive space where individuals of all genders feel not just welcomed but celebrated. And how being an NHBF Member not only made their business survive but thrive in challenging times.

Embracing Diversity: More Than Just Haircuts

Our decision to adopt gender-neutral pricing and services isn't just about appearances or jumping on a trend having been established with our philosophy since 2012; it's about embodying a philosophy of respect and acceptance. There is no binary division between prices here like there are in many establishments. Step inside our salon, and you'll notice it's not your typical hairdressing business. With a deliberate focus on catering to all genders equally, you pay for the style of hair cut you want, not what gender you are. We've created a space where everyone can express themselves authentically. From showcasing diverse community initiatives to challenging traditional beauty standards, every aspect of our salon reflects our commitment to inclusivity.

Our approach isn't just about hair; it's about empowering individuals to embrace their true selves. By fostering an environment free from judgment and expectation, we've witnessed remarkable transformations in our clients' confidence and self-expression.

Creating a Supportive Environment

Our team echoes the sentiment of inclusivity and acceptance. For them, working in a gender-neutral salon isn't just a job; it's a chance to be part of something meaningful—a community where compassion and understanding reign supreme.

Our impact extends far beyond the confines of our salon. By championing gender-neutral practices, we've sparked a ripple effect within our local community, prompting other businesses to explore their own pricing structures and policies. Our goal isn't to be unique; it's to create a more equitable and accepting world for all.

How NHBF Empowers Inclusivity in Salons

As a Member of the National Hair & Beauty Federation (NHBF) for three years, managing our salon has brought to light the invaluable resources the NHBF offers. Amidst the challenges of restructuring post-COVID-19, their guidance became indispensable. From navigating best practices to addressing VAT queries, NHBF's support helped us not just survive, but thrive. Being Members has allowed us to create the salon we want while having the NHBF on our side helping us navigate the challenges of running a salon.

One of the greatest perks of NHBF membership is the ability to reach out for assistance on any aspect of our business. Whether it's a quick question or a complex issue, having expert advice just a phone call away has been a game-changer for us.Top of Form

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