Skin fades and sexism: Gender neutral haircuts in south west London and beyond

South West Londoner

A woman was refused service in two London barbers this month and she’s not the only person with this experience.

When actor Georgia Frost sought out a haircut before a performance at the Lyric Hammersmith she was turned away, despite only asking for a traditional short back and sides haircut.

The Equalities Act 2010 says that service providers should not discriminate based on gender, but unisex barbers are a rarity in the UK.

This means women with short hair will often pay much higher prices for a haircut than a man with the same length hair.

Michaela, 23, said: “I went to a barbers once to ask about buzzing my hair as there was a big sign outside, but they said no because of me being female.”

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