Karen Clifton has recently debuted her new pixie cut, after boldly chopping off her long hair.
However, despite loving her look, the Strictly Come Dancing star has taken to Instagram in floods of tears after being turned away from a barbers.
Chatting to her 162,000 followers, the 36-year-old recalled the moment she was told that she wasn’t allowed to have her hair cut because she was a woman.
She said: ‘I don’t ever really do posts like this, but I thought this was really important because this has never really happened to me before. I just went to get my haircut to a barbers, Jacks of London.
‘I had gotten my haircut there before just on the sides, a fade, it’s my new look. I had been there twice before. I went over today to get a haircut and they said I wasn’t allowed to because I was a woman.’
Looking into the camera, the professional dancer’s eyes started to fill up as she continued to reveal what had happened.
Karen added: ‘I was like, “what? I’ve been here before”. And they said, “no, the owner doesn’t allow women to get their hair cuts here.”
‘And I felt really cr*p because this has never happened to me before. The fact that I was a woman and couldn’t get my hair cut because it’s all male.’
Through blurry eyes, the star broke into a smile, as she joked: ‘What are we, in the stone ages? It really affected me.
‘I’m not getting anything fancy done. Even if I was, the fact that I was turned away because, no women allowed.’
According to the star, there were two barbers in the shop that were free, and only one customer who was getting their hair done.
‘When I’ve gone there before to get my hair cut, I’ve gotten it done by two women,’ Karen said before adding: ‘But the time there was no women in there and I went in and they said I couldn’t get my hair cut.’
‘This is ridiculous. I’ve never felt this before. I’ve never experienced this before and it feels awful and it’s not right. It shouldn’t be that way.’
She later shared a picture onto her feed of an inspirational quote that read: ‘I’m not in favour of any discrimination of any form.’
After seeing her post, Jacks of London have since made a public apology to the star.
Taking to Instagram, they addressed the situation, and said: ‘Earlier this morning TV celebrity Karen Clifton was informed that Jacks of London does not cater for women.
‘Her experience has alerted us to the need to make it explicit to our entire team that Jacks of London DOES give barber cuts to everyone, regardless of gender.’
The account added: ‘However, we must also emphasise that Jacks of London is a barber store, specialising in barber cuts.
‘Later this year it will celebrate 25 years as a traditional store for men who do not want to go to a hair salon, preferring, instead, to hang out where there are wall-to-wall sports, video games and clippers buzzing.
‘The Jacks of London brand is now synonymous with quality service and outstanding barbering and so, increasingly, women are coming to us for technical cuts by our award-winning barbers. Indeed, Karen Clifton has had her short hair done twice before at our store without event. But these are specific styles.’
They continued: ‘Many of our barbers have had barber AND hairdressing training, but not all.
‘Barbers and hairdressers require different skills and training; a hairdresser may stumble over cutting a pattern in a fade while a barber would struggle to cut a bob.
‘This is why there tends to be a gender divide between hair salons and barbershops, but for anyone of any gender who wants an undercut, as Karen currently sports, a tight fade or a short, back and sides, Jacks of London barbers CAN AND WILL deliver.’
Addressing Karen directly, they concluded: ‘We sincerely apologise to @karencliftonofficial for the treatment she received this morning and would welcome her back to Jacks anytime.
Metro.co.uk have reached out to Jacks of London for further comment.
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