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.
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?