When heading into the salon, you know two things are going to happen: You’re getting your hair cut (because, obviously), and you’re about to have a lot of small talk with your stylist in the process. But if you’re not into awkward chitchat, a “quiet chair” might be up your alley.
According to Racked, the trend began in the UK at the salon chain Bauhaus. And, the concept is simple: You sit down, tell your stylist what you want, and that’s that. For the rest of your visit, you’ll have nothing but peace and quiet—except for the hum of the blow-dryer in your ears. Not only is it a great way to make your salon sesh stress-free, but it’s also a groundbreaking innovation for those who suffer from anxiety, a condition that quiet time has been known to soothe.
Because social interaction and small talk can be stress-inducing for some people, having this option is kind of a dream come true. And after realizing the value in this chair update, other salons are jumping on the bandwagon, like Fox Den Salon in Minneapolis.
“Anxiety is nonstop for a lot of people, [so it’s important] to have a place where they can come and zone out and not have to worry about social norms and fitting into social standards.” —Sica Dawn, Fox Den owner and stylist
“Anxiety is nonstop for a lot of people, [so it’s important] to have a place where they can come and zone out and not have to worry about social norms and fitting into social standards,” Fox Den owner stylist Sica Dawn told WCCO, a local radio station.
Whether you’re looking for a safe space or just want to relax—or even meditate!—during your haircut, keep your eyes open for a quiet chair at salons near you. The idea seems to be spreading—and it could put a whole lot of busy minds at ease.