In Australia, a number of hairdressers are providing classes on how to get their clients’ hair cut using a hairstyling machine.
The program has been held since October, and in Australia, the number of people participating in the class has gone up from less than 30 per cent in October to more than 70 per cent now, according to a spokesperson for the National Hairdressers Guild.
The salon is a private business, and the salon owner, Raelan Smith, said he is keen to provide classes for those who do not want to pay for a full-service salon, but cannot afford to.
Smith said he has had a few customers that wanted to do a full cut, but were reluctant to pay more than $500 to a professional.
“We have a few people that have said, ‘I don’t want to spend $500’,” he said.
“I have a couple of people that say, ‘Why would I pay $500 for a haircut if I can get a haircut for free?'”
But there is also a potential for people to opt for a cheaper option, he said, because the salon is offering $100 vouchers to students for $500.
“There’s a couple that are actually using them for a couple hundred dollars,” Smith said.
He said he had not received any complaints from customers about the machines, and did not know of any complaints against the owners of the business.
In the US, the National Association of Barber and Salon Technicians (NAABT) has also held a haircutting class on the subject.
The class is open to any hairstylist, but has a minimum age of 16 years old.
“When people are young, they’re often more comfortable with the idea of getting a haircut and have less experience of using machines,” said NAABT’s Jennifer DeStefano.
“As people get older, they become more conscious of their own safety and the safety of others.”
According to NAABS, about 100,000 people are admitted to its courses annually, and it has received over 1.4 million registrations from its members.
DeStefana said the NAAABT was planning to hold a seminar on the topic, to be held next month.