About five years ago, I learned that I am neurodivergent. Initially, that revelation validated and expanded my entire world. It also helped explain why I struggled to work in a hair salon and went about creating a private, sensory-friendly studio. Admittedly, I had no idea that many of my clients struggle with the same salon challenges I do. While I am so grateful that my studio has supported my professional needs, it makes me equally happy to learn that it’s also providing a supportive environment for other neurodivergent individuals. Ultimately, that reality is why I decided to put this page up. It seems essential to ensure those who are neurodivergent, introverted or anxious know there is a supportive place for their self-care needs.
Below are some specifics regarding my specialist haircutting studio. The well-considered principles and practical features often resonate with those who are neurodivergent, introverted or anxious.
The haircutting studio is an exclusive 1:1 setting that is quiet, soothing and sensory-friendly featuring acoustic engineer-installed sound-proofing and double-glazed windows.
There is no mindless small talk.
The haircutting service details (basin work, blow dry, conversation, studio temperature, music volume) are often adaptable to support the individual and their needs.
All clients are requested to refrain from wearing perfume here as personal fragrances tend to linger in the studio.
There is no upselling, product pushing, or double booking of clients.
The waiting room and haircutting studio feature a carefully curated contemporary instrumental neo-classical playlist.