Happy hairdresser advert banned!

A Gloucestershire hairdresser has been told she cannot place an advert for a ‘happy’ new stylist because the word discriminates against those who are unhappy.

Happy hairdresser advert banned!: Alison Birch, who owns the hair salon in Stroud, was shocked when told at the local job center that she could not stipulate happiness as a required quality.

Mrs Birch took to Facebook to share the news with her loyal customers and show them the content of the advert.

The advert said ‘Part time fully qualified hairdresser, must be confident in barbering as well as all aspects of hairdressing. Must have at least 5 years experience working in a salon, after being fully qualified. This is a busy friendly small salon, so only happy, friendly stylist need apply.’

Mrs Birch told a local journalist that in the end I told him I wouldn’t proceed with the ad. I can’t repeat some of the words I used!

Unbelievable that my Happy hairdresser advert banned!

‘All I wanted to get across in my ad was that we are a small friendly salon and we wanted someone with a smile on their face. We have had stylists in the past who come in after arguing with their boyfriends. They then slam the door and things like that and I didn’t want that sort of thing again.’

‘Sadly one of our stylists has died of cancer during lock down aged only 42. So my other stylist Claire Young and I could really do with someone cheerful joining us after that terrible tragedy.


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