For a long time, it has been part of the ‘hairdressing’ journey. We get your colours and highlights on, grab you a cuppa and bring over a few magazines for you to flick through. However, we will no longer provide gossip magazines to our customers as a reaction to the death of Caroline Flack.
Caroline, who took her own life on the 15th February 2020, had been due to stand trial for alleged assault. Press intrusion into the case has been widely criticised since her death. Caroline herself revealed that she had been having 'some sort of emotional breakdown for a very long time' and that she 'could not take it anymore' and her family's life was 'no longer up for entertainment or gossip'. Since then social media has been flooded with heartfelt tributes to the presenter, from former Love Island contestants and celebrity friends.
One of our main priorities is when you visit to Freestyle Hair Design, is that it is a positive experience. We care about the wellbeing of all of our guests, and it is our mission to enhance your confidence. The negativity bred in these magazines is not healthy. Pages and pages of disapproval, fat-shaming, degrading women with no make-up or for that bad hair day, and so much more.
From now on, Freestyle will only supply magazines about personal growth, decor, food, fashion, hair inspiration, health and wellbeing. If it is your personal preference to read a gossip magazine, then you are more than welcome to bring your own, for your perusal during your time at the salon.
We understand that this will not stop nasty comments and online trolling, however, we want to do our part. The comfort and happiness of our clients, as well as the Freestyle team, are essential. Our relationship with our clients is personal; we listen to you – and you to us, we excitedly hear about your holiday plans, the announcements of good news, celebrate new arrivals and mourn with you when loved ones pass on.
Other hairdressers up and down the country have also taken up the pledge to do this, following a petition set up calling for a Government inquiry into the British press. The request says the "the practices and policies of mainstream media organisations and social media platforms in their efforts to protect members of the public from harm". We believe it needs to be looked into, and by Sunday evening (16th February) the petition already had more than 200,000 signatures.
Of course, Caroline is not the first person to speak out on this. Others include Prince Harry and Meghan Markle, Jameela Jamil, Daisy Ridley, Stacey Dooley, and so many more that are probably too afraid to because of the ‘bad press’ they will receive in retaliation.
Hopefully, you will support our decision to say no to having gossip magazines in the salon.
“In a world where you can be anything, be kind” Caroline Flack