Some hairdos and dont's

Senior hair stylist Renee Peters, at Moda Fusion, loves getting to know her clients.
Senior hair stylist Renee Peters, at Moda Fusion, loves getting to know her clients. Cade Mooney

I LOVE going to the hairdresser.

It is so nice having my hair cut, coloured and washed by someone who really knows me.

My hairdresser knows all of my deepest, darkest secrets.

My hairdresser knows what makes me tick, what fires me up, and even what turns me on.

And it seems I am not the only one who classes their hairdresser as their confidante.

But fear not, Sunshine Coasters.

Ask any hairdresser and they will all tell you the same thing: what happens in the salon stays in the salon.

One Coast hairdresser, who shall remain nameless to protect her clients, said she was privy to all manner of secrets, including infidelity.

"I once had a client who every week would come in to get her hair blow-dried," the stylist said.

"She once told me about how her husband had been having an affair for a few months and she caught him out (the saga was long- winded), but he never cottoned on to her plethora of affairs she had had in her 20-year marriage.

"She told me how she had kept it a secret, giving me tips if ever I decided to stray from my relationship.

"I also had clients who would use me as their psychologist and it was a bit hard to not give your input but you had to be careful because I had no background in psychology.

"I would mainly just listen."

On the hunt for evidence that hairdressers offer a dash of empathy with their haircuts, I managed to chat to two stylists about their relationships with their clients.

Renee Peters and Angela Gredstig both work at Moda Fusion at Sunshine Plaza and love getting to know their clients.

Angela said the most common topic of conversation with her clients was their intimate relationships.

"Whether it be a boyfriend or a girlfriend or a relationship with their mum or their dad - most of the time, it's something really close to their heart," Angela said.

"I try to listen to what they're telling me because that's why they're telling me."

Angela said she knew her usual clients well enough to know when they needed her to give advice.

"Usually you can tell with your client how they're reacting to you and whether they want your input. Everyone's different," she said.

During her time as a hairdresser, Angela said she has heard her fair share of secrets.

"The strangest thing would have to be that this girl told me that she used to be a guy," Angela said.

"That was quite an interesting conversation. I found her more interesting, actually.

"I really like hearing people's life story."

Renee has also heard some sordid tales, but says she will take them to the grave.

"The most open thing anyone's ever said was this one lady who just had a baby and was telling us everything," Renee said.

"You have to learn to adapt to people. They will tell you in confidence knowing that you are not going to judge them.

"I get more interested if they blurt out weird stuff.

"I honestly think people look at their hairdresser as a psychologist or a doctor. It's someone that they can totally trust who won't judge them and who they can tell anything to."

Angela added: "Hairdressing is the last profession where you can touch people and that is what helps people to relax."


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