Someone better call the fashion police.
Norman Wells, a town in the North West Territories, has run out of hairdressers. We repeat: they are out of hairdressers. Which means every day is quickly becoming a bad hair day for all of its residents.
The town, with a population of roughly 750, is accessible only by air (or ice roads for a small portion of the year). It lost its last permanent hair stylist about two years ago, according to Economic Development Officer Nicky Richards, who has also lived there since she was about six years old.
As you can imagine, she’s definitely seen her fair share of bizarre ‘dos.
“As far as the hair goes, you probably notice it a lot more in the men,” she said. “They hold out as long as they can.”
Without any stylists around, residents have begun cutting each other’s hair. Or their own hair. Richards actually cuts both her boss’ and her husband’s hair, while others rely on pretty much “anyone who can even possibly use scissors.”
Just take Ryan Spurrell, for example, seen in the image below:
“I was in desperate need of a haircut,” he told the CBC. “So we just did it in [another resident’s] front yard there, down by the parking lot, with a pair of sheep shears and some scissors.”
Since none of these people are trained stylists, most of the men are beginning to sport the same “buzz cut” according to Richards.
Strangely though, if a hairdresser were to settle in the town, Richards says there’s a perfect place for them to set up. A room at the Yamouri Inn comes complete with a chair, mirror, sink and a reasonable rent. Plus they’d essentially have a monopoly over the entire town.
“They would have a lot of clientel,” Richards said. “There’s got to be someone out there.”
Who knows, maybe this is just the job you’ve been looking for.