Hot Topic Wrap Up: The Studio 86 Philosophy

Our final post in our series on the future of hairstyling. 


A client in the chair at Studio 86 hair salon in Toronto.

Over the past few weeks, we’ve taken over the blog to start a discussion about segregation among hair salons in Toronto. We thought it was interesting that some hair salons only cater to specific hair types and wondered why they would limit themselves that way.

We also asked you for your opinion on whether or not you would allow someone of a different race to style your hair. Would a black woman feel comfortable with a white stylist? What about the other way around? Of course it’s not all black and white, but it’s an interesting concept to consider.

Several of our readers commented on the posts with their input, mostly saying that they understand the history and logic behind going to a hairstylist of the same race–there’s a good chance they’ll know how to do your hair well–but many also said that it depends on the skill of the stylist and race shouldn’t be a factor in the decision.

A comment from one Facebook fan:

“As a Persian male, I have been blessed with some pretty wavy hair that curls more intensely as it gets longer. It’s always been really hard for me to find a hair stylist that understands Persian hair. I have had multiple Iranian hair stylists in the past (men and women), and I feel like at least 75% of them had a good idea of how to deal with my hair right off the bat… I don’t think I’ve ever consciously decided to go to a stylist who understands my hair texture, or shares my race, but it has happened…After years of trialing multiple hair stylists, my final answer is that you can find amazing and talented stylists of any race. It’s more about their skill level, experience, training, etc. It doesn’t take a brown guy to cut a brown guy’s hair.” ~ Sep Baz

A Progressive Approach

So what do we think about all of this at Studio 86? As a Toronto hair salon with a client base that’s as diverse as our team, we think it’s time for hair salons to be a little more progressive. Segregation is not acceptable anywhere else, so why should it be accepted in hairstyling?

Of course, you are free to choose whichever stylist makes you most comfortable, but we think it’s pretty obvious that you’ll want to choose one that is the most skilled and knows how to make the most of your hair texture. Like Sep said above, that really has nothing to do with race.

As we conclude this blog series on the future of hairstyling, we open our forum to your comments. Please share your thoughts in the below, or on our Facebook page.

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