The hair salon experience is often a sensory-rich environment that can be overwhelming for some individuals. For those with sensory sensitivities, visiting a hair salon can be a stressful and uncomfortable experience.This is where low sensory hair salons come in - a new concept that is more inclusive and an accommodating approach to hair styling.
What is a Low Sensory Hair Salon?
A low sensory hair salon is a hair salon that is designed to minimize sensory stimulation and provide a calming environment for clients with sensory sensitivities. It includes dimmed lighting, reduced noise levels, and fewer distractions to create a peaceful and relaxing environment.
Benefits of Low Sensory Hair Salons:
Low sensory hair salons provide a comfortable and inclusive experience for individuals with sensory sensitivities.
Clients can enjoy a stress-free haircut or styling experience without feeling overwhelmed or anxious.
Low sensory hair salons also benefit stylists, who can focus on providing personalized service and attention to clients without distractions or interruptions.
Designing a Low Sensory Hair Salon:
The design process of our low sensory hair salon required careful consideration of various sensory factors, such as lighting, sound, and scent. Pride Beauty Lounge's sensory friendly salon was created with assistance with a disability consultant and feedback from autistic individuals.
Things we have added to create a more sensory friendly experience have been:
Window coverings for low lighting
Sunglasses available for use
Earplugs available for use (disposable)
Weighted eye masks
Stim and fidgets
Privacy appointments - only you and the stylist in the salon.
The concept of low sensory hair salons is still relatively new, but the benefits of providing an inclusive and accommodating environment are ones that we hope to see many hair salons to begin to implement or think about.
By prioritizing inclusivity and accessibility, you can create a positive impact on your community and make a difference in people's lives.