Jamie Stevens has always offered inclusive hair services, and was one of the first salons to pledge support to Stylist mag’s Hair Equality Initiative in 2016. Now the salon is very happy to be able to offer a signing service to Deaf and hard of hearing clients.
Senior Stylist at Jamie Stevens Salon, Jo Haywood, (left) did her training at Vidal Sassoon. She specialises in cutting for men and women and all aspects of colour from balayage to highlights, and is qualified to British Sign Language Level 2.
She says, “Although I don’t know anyone who’s Deaf my Dad and I decided to learn together so signed up to a course at an adult college for 2 years,” explains Jo. “The last year was during Covid so was online and doing it by zoom was so frustrating because of the screen freezing, or unmuted people suddenly appearing on speaker view, it’s very hard to do a visual language online! We did things like going to an art exhibition with a BSL guide in a group of Deaf people which helped us learn.
“At Jamie Stevens we know that the consultation stage of a haircut is a huge part of the overall service, and it must be so hard to have a consultation and feel at ease if you can’t communicate with your stylist. I want Deaf clients to know that they can come here and feel at ease, and also be able to take out any hearing aids and be comfortable at the basin as well.”