Sometimes you read a story and wonder what in the world the people involved were thinking. This is one of those stories. When cancer survivor Melanie Strandberg’s sister, Marisa Lowe, was diagnosed with ovarian cancer and prescribed chemotherapy, Strandberg decided to shave her head in solidarity.
Just shaving one’s head isn’t newsworthy, though. What happened afterwards is why Strandberg’s story is receiving national attention. When Strandberg showed up at the hair salon where she works, the management team told her that she had to wear a wig.
Salon management couldn’t fathom the idea of a bald woman marketing hair products because you have to have hair to do that — or at least that was the argument the salon used. Strandberg felt that she had no other choice than to quit her job because she certainly wasn’t going to wear a wig.
The salon’s argument is flawed. A bald person can learn about the benefits of hair products and tools and market these products to clients, right? A shorthaired male stylist can learn about products that promise long lush locks and market these products to his female clients without growing his own hair long, right? What about female clients who work in a salon that caters to male clients? Are they unable to adequately market store products because they’re women?
If the salon didn’t want Strandberg to work there any longer, regardless of the reason, management should have simply fired her. The fact that the manager had the nerve to call out Strandberg’s new hairstyle is what turned this nonissue into a large national issue for the salon.
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