“These proposals are utterly unbelievable!”
Charlie, who trained under Trevor Sorbie before returning to Scotland to start her own salon business in the 1980s, will be defiantly treading the boards this weekend, in platform heels, at one of Russia’s biggest hairdressing events, The Golden Scissors, where she will present to a crowd of hairdressing professionals 1000 strong.
Flying out to Chelnyabinsk with fellow stylist Lee Kerr, Charlie will be working with some of the country’s top models to deliver a hair show that Russian hairdressers travels literally thousands of miles to attend. And the last thing on their mind will be rubber gloves and flat shoes.
“I’ll be wearing my heels on stage on Saturday, make no mistake.” said Charlie. “And I would consider it utterly impractical to cut hair wearing rubber gloves. Being able to feel the client’s hair is critical to delivering a professional and high quality cut. To be honest I’m still reeling from the sheer stupidity of their suggestions.”
Charlie, who last year styled the hair at Europe’s biggest song contest, Eurovision, has always worn heels on stage and while working but future displays of such stylish expertise will undoubtedly be banned if the Brussels bureaucrats get their way.
Among the proposals tabled for hairdressers include elbow length rubber gloves, flat non-slip shoes, no jewellery or watches to be worn, “suitable”
Charlie commented “I’ve been in business for over 25 years and being in business now is tougher than ever. There are too many small companies struggling to keep going during this recession, weighted down with unnecessary red tape. These proposed rules have little or no bearing on day to day reality. Health and safety is important in any industry, but so is common sense and it’s about high time some of these bureaucrats employed some – before they put thousands of jobs and livelihoods at risk.”