Nail salons, tanning, waxing and most beauty services have been forced to close – but hairdressers have been deemed ‘essential’ and are still operating.
Long before Netflix’s Cheer documentary and JoJo Siwa, big huge hair bows were a thing. And it wasn’t always girls who wore them.
While popular portrayals of hairdressers and beauticians present them as “bimbos”, salons can also provide a refuge for clients to share painful realities.
Hair has long been a source of anxiety and shame for African-Americans. One psychologist has made it her life’s work to reverse this trend.
Traditionally, African women wore their hair in different ways to signify class or marriage status. Now with globalisation, hair is becoming less traditionalised and more politicised.
By pre-school children are already thinking about the career they will have when they grow up, and ruling out jobs that do not fit with their gender. We need to get in early to get rid of stereotypes.