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Tuesday, 19 March 2019

A Barber's in Wimbledon has apologised to Strictly dancer Karen Clifton.


It’s after she was allegedly refused a haircut by Jack's of London salon based on her gender.

The professional dancer broke down in tears in a video she posted online after the incident.

In it, she says she had been to the barber's on a few occasions but on this occasion she was told the “owner doesn’t allow women”.

In a statement regarding yesterday's incident Jack’s said;

"Earlier this morning TV celebrity Karen Clifton was informed that Jacks of London does not cater for women. Her experience has alerted us to the need to make it explicit to our entire team that Jacks of London DOES give barber cuts to everyone, regardless of gender.

However, we must also emphasise that Jacks of London is a barber store, specialising in barber cuts. Later this year it will celebrate 25 years as a traditional store for men who do not want to go to a hair salon, preferring, instead, to hang out where there are wall-to-wall sports, video games and clippers buzzing. The Jacks of London brand is now synonymous with quality service and outstanding barbering and so, increasingly, women are coming to us for technical cuts by our award-winning barbers. Indeed, Karen Clifton has had her short hair done twice before at our store without event. But these are specific styles.

Many of our barbers have had barber AND hairdressing training, but not all. Barbers and hairdressers require different skills and training; a hairdresser may stumble over cutting a pattern in a fade while a barber would struggle to cut a bob. This is why there tends to be a gender divide between hair salons and barbershops, but for anyone of any gender who wants an undercut, as Karen currently sports, a tight fade or a short, back and sides, Jacks of London barbers CAN AND WILL deliver.
We sincerely apologise to @karencliftonofficial for the treatment she received this morning and would welcome her back to Jacks anytime.
#wesupportkarenclifton"

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 2:30 pm  

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