When you are naked, you get noticed.
Not by customers, though.
You get noticed by your customers.
And when customers get noticed, they don’t stop at a single store.
They are everywhere.
A naked customer is like a big, noisy, sweaty mess.
You can’t see them, and they can’t smell you.
They walk by, they stare at you, they laugh, they complain.
They do things you couldn’t even imagine.
And your hair, your clothes, and your makeup are all stained and splattered with their filthy little mess.
They can smell it, too.
They smell you, but not in the way you’d think.
I used to be a customer.
A few years ago, I was working in the hair department at a small salon, and I was always asked what I liked about my job.
“I can tell you that I like how I can see people naked,” I’d say.
I had to stop answering the question when a customer in the front of the shop asked if I had any tresses to cut.
They were naked, and it was time to get my haircut.
I’d been asked this by my friends and colleagues, who told me to cut my hair, too, because it would be a bit of a hassle to do it when they were nude.
My answer was always “no”.
You have to be naked in order to have a customer, you know.
In fact, it’s not uncommon for naked hairdressesers to work in an office environment, so it’s easy to get to know the clientele and know what to do.
And they know what I like to do, too: cut their hair.
“We have to keep our customers happy,” says Joanna Beddoe, a former client of Naked Hair.
She’s one of the few hairdriers to get a permanent job after leaving the salon.
She started out with a small number of customers, but over time, she has had more customers and more customers looking for her to do her work.
“When we started, there was just one or two customers a day,” she says.
“It was only in the last few years that the numbers have grown.
And that’s when I started noticing a lot more customers coming to our door and wanting to do their hair and get their pictures taken.
They wanted to see what we did.
They loved the customer service and the fact that we were honest about it.”
And she’s been getting more and more of them.
“In some cases, I get two or three customers a week,” she adds.
“Now, it varies depending on what’s happening in my day.
Sometimes there’s no one to see it.
Sometimes they’re in a different part of the store, and sometimes they’re on the top floor.”
Beddoes customers include teenagers and adults who are looking for the best looking hairdressor in the area.
“Most people like to try out different styles, but sometimes they’ll go for something new,” she explains.
“The more I work in a salon, the more people I have to cater to.
I’m the one who is usually there, but they need someone to come to their home and do their nails.
It’s all about creating a safe space for people to come in, and then you can work with them and make sure that you have a great time with them.”
The problem, of course, is that many customers don’t realise how badly they’re being treated.
Beddes says she has received some nasty comments on social media about the hairdringers “selfie” and “bikini” models who work in her salon.
Some have even gone so far as to send nude pictures of themselves to her.
“If they’re not wearing clothes, you’re going to get them,” she advises.
“You need to be in control, and you have to make sure you’re making it safe for the customer.
You have customers who don’t care what you do, who just want to see the hare with their own eyes, and that’s what you have an obligation to do.” “
But it’s the customers who are really important.
You have customers who don’t care what you do, who just want to see the hare with their own eyes, and that’s what you have an obligation to do.”
It’s a delicate balance.
And it’s one that Beddues, like many other hairderers, finds hard to balance.
“Sometimes it’s hard to be conscious of how people are feeling,” she admits.
“Because if you are aware of it, you have the power to change it.
But sometimes you don´t.”
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