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Do Fat People Need Their Own Hair Salons?

Submitted by on October 24, 2011 – 2:27 am16 Comments
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Bashar Brown, a British hairstylist, is hoping to add some beautiful body and bounce to the hair-salon landscape in the United Kingdom. The once plus-sized hair sculptor has opened up, Hair By Bashar , the country’s first ever plus-size hair salon.

“I’ve been a hairdresser for years,” said Bashar exclusively to MailOnline. “Increasingly, larger women were telling me how they hate going to the salon because they are filled with slim, glamorous women. For them, it feels the same as walking into a gym full of ultra-fit people. They feel like everyone is staring at them. I just thought—’this isn’t right!’ and decided to set up a salon where overweight people would feel comfortable.”

To make his phat clientele feel more comfortable, Bashar has invested over $7,000 to purchase the biggest seats he could find (22 inches wide), extra-large gowns and even basins with wider necks for the salon operated inside of his Kent home. For all his hard work, Bashar already has 50 clients, his favorite being his wife, Julie.

“She is a size 26 and still hates going out in public,” Bashar said about his 37-year-old spouse. “I love big women and think she looks fabulous but it gets her down. Before she met me she hated getting her hair cut and avoided it as much as possible. It was only when she met me that she started enjoying getting her hair done. It just seemed so wrong that someone as gorgeous as my wife would worry about going to the hairdressers. I just thought it was about time it was made an enjoyable experience for women like her.”

As a girl that was once plus-size (I have since lost 70 pounds), I always loved the fact that no matter what the scale said, my hair never gained weight or grew out of a style. I hated entering plus-size clothing stores or being segregated from the petite individuals of society. Basically, I hated being reminded that I was fat and although Bashar means well, his segregated hair salons could do just that.

What do you think? Are plus-sized hair salons just what the hair doctor ordered?

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