South Norwood hair salon bins image-shaming glossy mags

The Nix hair and beauty salon on Portland Road in South Norwood has led the way, by banning gossip magazines from their salon.

A gossip-free zone: Nix in South Norwood

Nicky Thompson, the salon’s owner, said she saw the campaign in Style magazine and felt her business should promote a more positive image for women.

“The hairdressing industry needs to make a stand against the body-shaming and body dysmorphia generated by gossip magazines,” Thompson said. “We have got rid of all the copies that were in the salon and will no longer be stocking them.”

As she was saying this, one of the stylists discovered a rogue gossip mag and binned it.

Customers coming in for a trim and a colour can help while away the minutes, or hours, flicking through the pages of lifestyle and travel magazines instead.

Thompson said she has concerns about the detrimental effect on women’s mental health generated by gossip mags which obsess with body image. And what do the clients think?

Nicky Thompson: concerned about image-shaming

“They’ve all been really supportive and positive, and we’ve had an amazing amount of support online as well”.

Nix has a long history of promoting community events and campaigns in the area.

That includes the solidarity march with Grenfell survivors in November 2018 in protest at the racist burning of an effigy of the tower and stocking personal alarms after the attacks on women in the Country Park.


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