It is common knowledge that hairdressers are much more than that; they are our underpaid psychologists, our trusted confidants with whom our secrets are laid bare and no judgment is cast. As soon as we sit in the salon chair the cone of silence is initiated and for the hour or so we have away from reality, we entrust our hairdresser with the most personal of secrets (and also our hair) so when we leave we feel catwalk ready and emotionally much lighter.
So for the good of mankind, and because I am nosy, on my last visit after my therapy session was complete, I decided to ask my hairdresser about the stories she’s heard. Here’s what she told me:
The indecent proposal – “Ten years ago, while cutting a married man’s hair he asked me to accompany him to The Cannes Film Festival. I declined out of respect for his wife and five children, who were also my clients,” said *Tara. Although this has been the most extravagant offer, being asked out by clients is quite common, regardless of their current relationship status.
Sex workers, strippers and swingers – There have been many clients who work in the adult industry. Often these jobs were ‘on the side’ and not the day job of the client and often unknown to their nearest and dearest. Their experiences were often quite sordid, explicit and definitely not PG. “I hear all sorts of stories about their experiences working- whips, bondage, famous clients.”
Unconventional arrangements – Women who have husbands and boyfriends. There was one particular woman whose husband and boyfriend knew of each other and would send photos of her to each other. “They had some sort of arrangement. They were also very strictly religious which made this whole relationship even more confusing to me.”