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Does your heart sink when your hairdresser initiates small talk? If you hate forced conversations, you may be in luck! East London-based hairdressers Not Another Salon has launched ‘silent’ haircuts for customers who want to opt-out of chatting.

“In order for us to be a true non judgment company we need to consider all our clients’ needs,” salon owner Sophie Hilton explains. “With mental health issues on the rise, feeling comfortable to say when you need time out couldn’t be more important.”

Customers need to say the word “silent” when booking their appointment and their stylist will be advised to keep conversation to a minimum. They’ll still talk to you about your consultation and anything necessary, but the rest of the appointment will be completely silent. It’s perfect for anyone introverted or anyone who finds that they are always waiting for the conversation to tail off. This may even be a sign of the self-care movement, giving clients the opportunity to focus on themselves.

Some people love to chat with their hairdresser, however. Liz Hoggard from the Daily Mail calls it “one of life’s greatest joys”. She says, “Thanks to stylists over the years, I have heard the best gossip and been introduced to fascinating fellow clients (film directors, chefs, even one future prime minister) while in the salon chair. I’ve taken recommendations for great novels and restaurants, for doctors and kinesiologists when my hair was thinning, and I’ve even had my tears discreetly mopped up during romantic crises.”

For some, chatting with your hairdresser can be fun and you might learn from their life experiences. It’s best to avoid controversial topics or get into a debate though. After all, they are the one cutting your hair! Talking to your hairdresser is a way to introduce you to great people. Hoggard says it “can be life-changing – and often far cheaper than therapy”.

If ‘silent’ haircuts are a success, you can expect to see a lot more of them popping up. While some find the silence blissful and believe it helps with their mental health, you may be missing out on opportunities and life lessons by choosing the silent option. It ultimately comes down to what you think suits your needs best.

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