In recent news, troubling revelations have surfaced regarding the role of hair, beauty and nail salons in fueling crime. The Telegraph’s recent article shed light on this concerning trend, bringing to the forefront an issue that demands our attention and action. As a hair and beauty salon committed to honesty and transparency, it is imperative for us to address this issue head-on and raise awareness among our clientele and community.


The Telegraph’s article highlights the alarming connection between certain barber shops and criminal activities, particularly in coastal regions where small-boat gangs operate. These establishments, once perceived as innocent hubs for grooming and self-care, are now implicated in illicit activities such as drug trafficking and money laundering. Elsewhere, we read about beauty and nail salons involved in forced labour and human trafficking. These revelations not only tarnish the reputation of the hair and beauty industry but also pose potential risks to the safety and well-being of the communities they serve.


At Figaro London Hair & Beauty, we feel compelled to address this issue in this blog and raise awareness.


It’s crucial to recognise that the actions of a few should not overshadow the integrity of the entire industry. The overwhelming majority of barber shops, hair, beauty and nail salons operate with professionalism and dedication to their craft, providing essential services to their communities. However, we cannot ignore the fact that there are establishments exploiting their position for nefarious purposes.


As responsible members of the beauty industry, we’d like to play our part to combat this issue by advocating for stricter regulations and oversight to prevent criminal elements from infiltrating our profession, and raising awareness amongst the public.


By working together as a community, we can help root out the bad actors and preserve the integrity of our industry.


When the price is too cheap – beware!


Salons and beauty professionals face a myriad of expenses in order to provide quality services to their clients. From high rent and business rates to utilities, licensing fees and the cost of quality products, the overheads associated with running a salon have never been as high as they are today. When you pay a rock-bottom price for a service eg. £10 for a haircut or a manicure, please consider whether that cost is sustainable for the salon owner and fair to the staff who provide the service. (In London, the answer is certainly no.)


Exploitatively low prices can indicate a range of concerning practices. At best, cutting corners on quality. At worst, engaging in illegal activities. By choosing to support salons that charge fair and transparent prices, you’re not only investing in the health and well-being of your hair and skin but also in the integrity of the industry as a whole.


So, the next time you book a hair or beauty appointment, take a moment to consider the price you’re paying and what it represents. Your support for salons that prioritise fair pricing and ethical practices makes a significant difference, both to the industry and to the communities we serve.


Noy Thrupkaew’s TED Talk is a must-watch if you’d like to learn about the wider context of these issues:




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