I'm really the last person to want to go to a beauty shop. I don't even like going to the barber and usually have my friends or family cut my hair.
But I have a serious complaint with the ban that the Town of Claremont wants to impose on any new beauty shops in the downtown village. Although I've sort of been ignoring the issue in the local press, let's take a look at what The Los Angeles Times has on the story.
Under the proposed ordinance, any new hair, nail, skin care, and tanning salons and day spas in Claremont Village would be restricted to second-floor or alley locations.Is there really some kind of massive fear of ugly people descending on the town square? If so, shouldn't we make it easier for them to get help and not tuck their shops away in dirty alleys or upstairs?
Backers of the proposal said the rules are needed to prevent an over-concentration of beauty businesses in the downtown area.
At least one hair care specialist understands the affront to liberty this ban would pose.
Nancy Lodolo, owner of The Hair After, has owned her salon for 23 years and said she feels the city wants businesses that cater to high-income customers. Her village shop serves mainly college students and seniors.Ah yes, letting the market, not beaureaucrats decide is a beautiful thing indeed.
"The city is lumping all beauty services together, tanning, makeup, spas, and that doesn't feel fair," Lodolo said. "They should let the market dictate the need. I just feel if a business is going to make it, they're going to make it."