Poll: Should African Hairdressers in Dublin have an association?

Oreoluwa Aremo

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Hair world studio on Moore Street, Dublin (Photo Credit - Oreoluwa Aremo)
Hair world studio on Moore Street, Dublin (Photo Credit – Oreoluwa Aremo)

Coming from a country  where every business from the smallest to the largest have an association, it was quite shocking to find out today that the African hairdressers in Dublin, Ireland do not have an association. 

Dennis Hartman at Demand Media wrote that business associations are established to bring together business owners from a specific area and provide a number of benefits to these business owners who pay their dues regularly and participate as members.

Currently, Ireland has an Irish Hairdressers Federation where various services are rendered to its members which include representation, networking and support, advisory, training, social events, competitions and discount schemes. These services are highly beneficial to its members.

Paula, an African hairdresser in Dublin believes that the reason why there is no association is because of jealousy and supremacy issues. She said:

I believe that the reason why there is no association is because of jealousy; everyone wants to be a boss so they don’t want to come together; one wants to have more than the others.

Work in progress (Photo Credit - Oreoluwa Aremo)
Work in progress (Photo Credit – Oreoluwa Aremo)

Another African hairdresser, Ameyo confirmed that there is no African hairdressing association in Dublin that she knows of and all that is needed to be done to start the hairdressing business is to pay for a shop, give whatever price that comes in mind for hairstyles and find a way to bring customers to your shop.

Not having fixed prices for hairstyles is an issue. You then begin to wonder if the African hairdressers in Dublin are expected to join  the Irish Hairdressers Federation or create theirs.  The association might create some sort of orderliness in the hairdressing business.  What do you think?

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Oreoluwa Aremo

A Nigerian. Turtle who finds comfort in its shell kind-of-lady. boluaremo@gmail.com

  • Africans should have an association. I think it’s important

  • Eeraobari Ogbenwor

    I think it’s very important so that they’ll have fixed prices for different hairstyles. Instead of having to argue with them in order to beat down their prices.

  • Comfort Udofia

    Yes I think they should have an association because like you said it brings every hairdresser together creating a business relationship and effective networking for them.

  • Ope

    I actually like this post. It gives an insight to an informal job in Ireland. I can bet you Ore there must be a law that admonished such an association. Else a Nigerian would have formed it. Looool. Who is African?

    • Exactly my thought. One main issue is that they don’t have fixed prices for their hairstyles hence, the reason why the question of if they are to join the Irish Hairdresser Federation came up. Sent a mail confirming this, but I am yet to get a reply.

      • Ope

        Certain services cannot have fixed price and I believe hair making is one of them. Fixed and variable cost need to be considered. EG: I don’t expect to pay the same price to an Oshodi hairstylist and a Lekki hairstylist. Mainly cos of location and customer satisfaction which are fixed and variable cost to the business woman (stylist) And I am not saying the Oshodi hair woman isn’t any good and she is not deserving to be paid higher, but setting up her shop is not as expensive as the Lekki woman.

        • Ope

          What about experience? Remember when hairstylists in Lagos will actually hang her certificate wall and her award plaques on the wall of her shop? You think it is for decoration? It is to show that she is not here to play. Lool. As a service provider, you can actually charge higher based on experience and expertise.

          • Ope

            Now my point is, do not look at the different price range based on the fact that there is no association on ground. Look at it from the angle of being a business woman. If Lekki is too expensive for you, there is an Oshodi saloon woman somewhere willing to collect less.