Why do hairdresses and haircutting get such a bad rap?
Posted September 15, 2018 11:10:00 A lot of hair stylists are being charged with sexual assault for allegedly touching customers, the latest in a string of high-profile cases that have rocked the industry.
Hair stylists across the country have been charged with sex offenses after a woman told police that a stylist told her she could make men feel powerful.
The alleged incident occurred in April at the offices of the Hair Club of Los Angeles, where stylists were told to remove hair from customers’ heads to “boost” their confidence and make them feel better about themselves.
The woman said that when she arrived, a stylists assistant told her to touch her scalp, which led to her being touched on the genitals and buttocks, according to a police report obtained by ESPN The Magazine.
In Los Angeles alone, the police report said, five women were sexually assaulted by stylists who worked at Hair Club.
The salon was closed in June and has since reopened.
The incidents have drawn the attention of police, who are investigating whether the salon staff were acting in good faith.
One of the stylists charged with a sex offense was recently fired by the salon.
The Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office told ESPN The Mag that the salon’s director and other employees have been disciplined and have been given counseling.
“The staff is being held accountable for the conduct that they committed,” the office said in a statement.
“We hope this case serves as a wake-up call for other stylists to recognize their responsibilities to make a positive impact on the lives of customers.”
In July, a Texas stylist was charged with two counts of sexual assault after police said he allegedly touched a female customer’s buttocks, breasts and back and told her he could “do it.”
The woman told investigators that she was shocked and angry when she confronted the stylist.
She said she was later forced to perform oral sex on the stylis assistant, who told her that he could do it again if she wanted to.