Wash, blow dry & talk to me about global warming please: Hairdressers trained to talk about ‘climate action’ to customers

From Climate Depot

Guardian: A salon in Sydney is spearheading workshops for hairdressers on how to steer small talk about the weather into conversations about global heating. … More than 400 hairdressers have attended workshops as part of a project called A Brush With Climate…During the sessions, hairdressers hear the basics of climate science and get to role play how conversations might go. They also take one of the posters back to their own salons. … Dr. Hannah McCann, a senior lecturer in cultural studies at the University of Melbourne, is researching the social and emotional role that hairdressers have with their clients. She says the hours at a time spent together, and the fact there’s plenty of touching, makes the relationship different from almost any other. …

Garcia tells a story about one regular client, a mother of two. After having the climate chat and talking about solar power and ethical banking, she left happy. “She came back eight weeks later and she’s made all these changes. She was really proud.”

By: Admin – Climate Depot


By Graham Readfearn

Excerpts: Inside this chic Sydney hair salon, the chat between stylists and clients could be much the same as in any other hairdressers around the world. Some small talk. The ubiquitous and occasionally mundane chat about holidays and traffic. For regulars, the conversation can move to the deeply personal before you can say semi-tint or shag cut.

In fact, there is only one easily missable clue in the front window that conversations inside Paloma might, when the occasion arises, be a bit different. A poster reads: “This salon chats about love, life & climate action.”

“The weather is the hook. You can take a cue from that,” says Prof Lesley Hughes, one of two climate scientists who have helped run workshops to give hairdressers the tools for times when the conversation turns to the existential.

“You can show the science until you’re blue in the face but what can be more effective are people who you trust talking about it. It’s important to show it’s not a subject to be afraid of.”

More than 400 hairdressers have attended workshops as part of a project called A Brush With Climate being driven by Paloma’s owner, Paloma Rose Garcia.

During the sessions, hairdressers hear the basics of climate science and get to role play how conversations might go. They also take one of the posters back to their own salons.

“We’re relationship builders,” says Garcia. “We suggest some easy ways to introduce climate to the conversation and the biggest one is definitely the weather. But we encourage all the hairdressers to make it their own story.”

Some guests, she says “feel helpless and they’re a bit embarrassed that they don’t understand the science”, but want to know more. Mostly, clients accept the basis for climate action but don’t know what to do next.

Garcia tells a story about one regular client, a mother of two. After having the climate chat and talking about solar power and ethical banking, she left happy.

“She came back eight weeks later and she’s made all these changes. She was really proud. But also she’d been talking to all her girlfriends about it too. It might just be a 20-minute conversation but it can be really powerful.”

“Some women keep their hairdressers for a long time and they’ll tell them their secrets – they’re the unpaid therapist,” says Smith.

Not every chat – or even most of them – will be about climate change, say Smith and Garcia. As pseudo-experts in human social interactions, hairdressers tend to know when it’s time to go quiet or change the subject.

“For women, hair is so much a part of our identity and there’s a lot of trust that goes into that. You’re letting someone touch your hair and so you have to like them. That trust allows them to start that conversation.

Social researcher Dr Rebecca Huntley, author of How To Talk About Climate Change in a Way That Makes a Difference, also talks to the hairdressers at the workshops.

Huntley says hairdressers can reach important segments of the Australian public – people who make up about 40% of the population and are either concerned or cautious about climate, but don’t dismiss it or deny it’s a problem.

“We know those people tend to avoid newspapers or books or any information really that broadcasts itself as being about climate change,” says Huntley.

“But when we ask those people who they want to hear from about climate change they often say their friends and family. They’ll say climate change is a problem and they want to do more, but they want to hear that from people who are personally relevant to them and are relatable.”

Dr Hannah McCann, a senior lecturer in cultural studies at the University of Melbourne, is researching the social and emotional role that hairdressers have with their clients.

She says the hours at a time spent together, and the fact there’s plenty of touching, makes the relationship different from almost any other.

“It’s both social, with the chit-chat, but also people can end up disclosing a lot of things. I’ve theorised that’s because of the intimacy. You might talk to your Uber driver, but they’re not touching your hair.”

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E. Schaffer
March 28, 2023 6:06 am

They’ll be as good as any other climate expert..

Reply to  E. Schaffer
March 28, 2023 6:53 am

Hairdressers and Barbers — We avoid them.
In the early 2000’s the wife’s hairdresser never stopped talking. Mainly about her latest boyfriend or some health problem. I met her: She was a very attractive young talking machine. This seems common among hairdressers my wife used, and she couldn’t take the blabbering anymore. … So for the past 20 years I have dyed my wife’s hair. It takes me 15 minutes, done exactly like a hairdresser does it, so it does not look dyed. The chemicals cost only about $3 each time. A professional dye job today would be at least $75.

My last professional haircut was in 1972 after my first year of college. The barber “scalped” my long hair, rather than giving me a trim, as I had requested. With my eyeglasses off, I didn’t realize how much he hated long hair on boys. I bought a professional electric hair trimmer the next week, and never went back to any barber since then. It takes under ten minutes to give myself a haircut. Not exactly rocket science. My barber used to talk about horse racing with some old cronies who hung out in his shop. Maybe he was a bookie?

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Bryan A
Reply to  Richard Greene
March 28, 2023 7:59 am

Your UBER driver might not be touching your hair but if you’re young enough and female enough there is a President who will snarf it

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Reply to  Bryan A
March 28, 2023 8:18 am

Too late for Biden to sniff my hair
I donated my hair to science
Got a big tax deduction
The IRS is suspicious.

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Reply to  Richard Greene
March 28, 2023 10:06 am

Lookout – the IRS will weaponize hair, and pay a visit like Matt Taibbi (Musks Twitter Files guy) got this week!

Joseph Zorzin
Reply to  Richard Greene
March 28, 2023 8:56 am

Heck, I thought you were older than me! Guess not if you started college in ’72. I’m a real geezer- now 73.

Reply to  Richard Greene
March 29, 2023 5:25 am

The best hairdresser I know is my wife: She haircut our 5 kids for 25 years, myself included. Thus we spared a lot of money.

Reply to  Richard Greene
March 31, 2023 3:06 pm

I’ve never had a “professional haircut”. My grandmother was the first licensed female barber in the state of Connecticut (1910). She cut my my hair until my mother took over, then my wife. My wife’s grandfather was also a barber. Maybe it’s genetic?

After 74 years, just can’t imagine anyone else doing it…

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Reply to  E. Schaffer
March 28, 2023 9:41 am

Air-heads have to be filled with something, so climate caterwauling is best-fit.

michael hart
Reply to  E. Schaffer
March 28, 2023 9:59 am

“They’ll be as good as any other climate expert..”

Yup. A climate hairdresser. I’m quite liking that phrase.

Gary Pearse
Reply to  E. Schaffer
March 28, 2023 12:05 pm

“Dr. Hannah McCann, a senior lecturer in cultural studies at the University of Melbourne, is researching the social and emotional role that hairdressers have with their clients.”

Looks like the good Doctor learned her stuff there. I’m more troubled about the fact that there is a lady with a PhD in this wifty poofty subject graduating empty headed clones of herself. There is no way to rehab the mess in Western Universities. They have to cut them out of the system and build new institutions from the ground up.

March 28, 2023 6:10 am

If my barber tried to propagandize me about anything, I’d tell him to zip it or I’ll find a quiet barber.

Bryan A
Reply to  Shoki
March 28, 2023 8:00 am

Just start asking him inconvenient questions about actual climate reality

Reply to  Shoki
March 28, 2023 10:04 am

I’d find a new barber. I don’t get my scientific or political opinions from those whose profession requires 2 weeks of training and a heartbeat.

March 28, 2023 6:34 am

If this comes to America, it will be added to the list of expensive training courses required to get a state license certificate to work in the profession. Will climate psychologists teach the courses?

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Lee Riffee
March 28, 2023 6:40 am

Gee, Goebbels must be doing a high-five from the grave! All I have to say is if I saw any kind of poster about CAGW on the wall of my salon, I’d find another hair dresser.
If your hairdresser or barber did start in about the subject, another option would be to turn it around on them and ask them if they think it’s OK that the government can intrude on people’s lives so personally. Like telling them what kind of car they can buy, what kind of stove or furnace they can have, limiting their ability to travel, etc. Then ask the hairdresser if she/he believes in personal freedom, and leave it at that….

Tom Abbott
March 28, 2023 6:48 am

Brainwashing Beauticians! What’s next!?

Joseph Goebbels would be amazed at the reach of current-day propagandists.

March 28, 2023 6:51 am


And there you have it; it’s- true to form – a very middle class, bourgeois thing

March 28, 2023 6:52 am

Okay, prep and research before you go to the hair appointment and start asking questions like what’s in the hair care products, where the products came from, was child labor involved in the product, what plastic products are being used in the salon, and where the copper came from in the hair dryer. Then ask for the name of their climate psychologist.

March 28, 2023 6:56 am

I hope they never ask if the person wants a blow dry with that hair do as well, they will end up walking out with a guilt complex

March 28, 2023 7:11 am

I would rather get my daily dose of doomster dogma from a hairdresser than straight from the hirsute mouth of a certain Penn State Distinguished Professor of Climatey Stuff, the state of whose wispy climate Scientist beard suggests he is as little talented in barbering as he is in proper Statistics

Reply to  alastairgray29yahoocom
March 28, 2023 10:08 am

I’m sure the State Penn has a regular hairdresser!

March 28, 2023 7:11 am

According to Douglas Adams, hairdressers were selected to be passengers on Golgafrinchan Ark Fleet Ship B which was programmed to crash into its designated planet, namely Earth. They evidently survived and wreak havoc to this day.

Reply to  robaustin
March 28, 2023 7:34 am

Many argue that it was a bad move

Reply to  robaustin
March 29, 2023 3:30 am

telephone hygeinists however seem to have gone extinct??

March 28, 2023 7:12 am

Do not argue or worse, disagree with the hairdresser at work, whatever subject. Wait until the job is done … 😉

J Boles
March 28, 2023 7:12 am

When caught in a tight spot like that I say this: “OH! I agree with you, and I think we NEED to do more…but first we need funding.” And ask the hairdresser if s/he has solar panels on the roof/yard. I bet not,

March 28, 2023 7:23 am

This might be an opportunity for any Aussie skeptics to give their barbers or beauticians an education on CO2 and climate change. For example, ask them about the effect of CO2 in the air on crop yields and food production, and how it makes plants more drought-resistant.

There’s a time and a place for everything. Maybe they had a hot summer in Sydney this year, but there was just a foot of snow in Salt Lake City on the sixth day of spring. If some ignorant barber tried climate-change propaganda here, I would ask them how they would get to work without a diesel-powered snowplow clearing the roads.

More Soylent Green!
March 28, 2023 7:28 am

If I know anything about that kind of service business it’s you need to focus on the customer and talk about whatever the customer wants to talk about.

Reply to  More Soylent Green!
March 28, 2023 9:48 am

That’s old-school service standards.

Now it’s all –
“Me, me, me, me, I, I, I, I. When a woman talks, you have to listen.”

Bryan A
Reply to  Mr.
March 28, 2023 12:24 pm

And if it is a Trans Man then even the Woman has to listen

Curious George
March 28, 2023 7:54 am

They are weaponizing hairdressers. A sign of desperation?

March 28, 2023 7:59 am

How do you like your Carbon? Permed or blow dried?

“”More killer tornados will hit the South as global warming creates dangerous new weather patterns, study says

The study used computer simulations to predict what will happen by the end of the century with different levels of global carbon pollution levels.””

Carbon pollution- what a giveaway!

Reply to  strativarius
March 28, 2023 8:17 am

Strange that all the data to date points in the opposite direction…frequency of EF3+ tornadoes seems to be stable or slightly going down not up.

Still, when you are a “climate scientist” and activist, never let data get in the way of a good model. Feynman would be so proud…..

John Hultquist
Reply to  ThinkingScientist
March 28, 2023 10:42 am

data points in the opposite direction
Because tornadoes typically form where there is a contrast of cold and warm air (south central USA, for example), if the characteristics of those air masses become more alike as expected with northern regions warming faster, expectations for tornadoes should decrease.
I have never understood why the Climate Cult™ claimed otherwise.

Mike Maguire
Reply to  strativarius
March 28, 2023 1:15 pm

That study is evidence of nothing more than what modelers can simulate (a fake atmosphere) by feeding in the mathematical equations and information they choose based on exploiting junk science to create outcomes which support their personal beliefs.

Authentic science gives greatest weight to observations and empirical data. When forced to choose between observations and the simulations that contradict them, many of today’s mainstream climate scientists pick the fake atmosphere! That makes sense for modelers because they convince themselves that they are right since producing model output is what they do.

Recent Tornadoes are Due to Unusually Cold Weather

95% of Climate Models Agree: The Observations Must be Wrong

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AGW is Not Science
Reply to  strativarius
March 29, 2023 3:26 am

So their computer model runs 180 degrees opposite of reality. Tells you everything you need to know.

Phillip Bratby
March 28, 2023 8:10 am

I bet they really understand the science!

Reply to  Phillip Bratby
March 28, 2023 8:21 am

Better than most climate activists anyway!

Joseph Zorzin
March 28, 2023 8:59 am

I don’t get it- what’s the motivation for this? What’s in it for the hairdressers?

Reply to  Joseph Zorzin
March 28, 2023 9:38 am

Force the owners to give top-down orders and training to those who do the actual work.

Reply to  Joseph Zorzin
March 28, 2023 9:46 am

Virtue brownie points, it’s what people do now apparently.

March 28, 2023 9:03 am

I tell the barber that I don’t have my hearing aids in and they just shut up and get on with the job.

John the Econ
March 28, 2023 9:50 am

Any service employee who feels compelled to lecture me while performing their job will get a counter-lecture on the junk science they’re dispensing along with a discussion of the economic consequences they will likely face under the various net-zero agendas. Salons are a luxury that poor people won’t have money to indulge in. What will be their backup plan be when I stop coming?

Reply to  John the Econ
March 29, 2023 3:35 am

i stopped going in part due to a neck injury but mostly because a colour(last one done by a salon) cost me 75 in 1979, so I DIY for 10 or less let the short style grow out so its easy to trim ends, I would have saved MANY thousands by now as some salons its 200+ for cut n colour I gather

March 28, 2023 9:54 am

More stupidity out of Australia.

March 28, 2023 10:02 am

You are on the loosing ground there.
Female hairdressers are the original NNI chatbots.
p.s. NN is opposite to artficial, you could try ‘larutan on’.

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March 28, 2023 10:20 am

There was a time when Barber shops were musical :

Bryan A
Reply to  bonbon
March 28, 2023 12:25 pm

Wasn’t Norman Rockwell great?

Reply to  Bryan A
March 28, 2023 1:36 pm

the best. various collection editions sent to relatives.

Bruce Cobb
March 28, 2023 10:28 am

Is there a climate crisis, or isn’t there? Only her hairdresser knows for sure!

March 28, 2023 11:09 am

Dr Hannah McCann is a Senior Lecturer in Cultural Studies in the School of Culture and Communication. Her research in critical femininity studies explores feminist discourse on femininity, queer femme LGBTQ+ communities, beauty culture, and queer fangirls.


Now, THAT’S climate science!

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Frank from NoVA
Reply to  dk_
March 28, 2023 4:11 pm

Find an expert???

Reply to  Frank from NoVA
March 28, 2023 4:59 pm

Yup, Uni d’Melbourne Faculty and Grad student profile listing is called “find an expert.” I don’t know why. I suppose to aid in the search for experts of the emerging ruling class.

Andy Pattullo
March 28, 2023 11:31 am

I feel certain they are on to something here. Hairdressers generally take much less time to train and cost far less in pay than academics. There is no doubt they can be just as articulate and scientifically informed as the rabble of climate doomsayers. I suggest the lead authors of the less objective and useful parts of all IPCC reports in future be card carrying cut and die professionals. This is a no loss decision.

March 28, 2023 11:43 am

This is so manipulative. I’d never go back of anyone tried to propagandize me like that. Like when friends try to sell you something, pretending it’s in your best interest.

March 28, 2023 12:26 pm

I know you guys get tired of me going on and on about how important it is to inform the average person. The other side knows it is important, they have climate scientists training hairdressers to spread their message to the average guy. We can do better than this. It is time to get going and get the job done.

Peta of Newark
March 28, 2023 12:41 pm

This is gonna fly like a LeadBalloon for 2 main reasons.

Girls visit hairdressers to be pampered and fawned over and NOT disagreed with. (The customer is always right)What passes between client and cutter/blower/dryer in those places is girl/girl talk and is UTTERLY confidential..(Hell hath no fury etc etc)So broadcasting to the world that ‘mother of two did blah blah blah’ completely blows McCann away and hangs her out to dry
(It is a ‘her’ is it?)

Grauniad inflicted that upon themselves while I was till at school 45+ yrs ago. ##
How did they not realise or is this what passes for investigative Journalism these days.

## PersonUnknown brought a copy of grauniad to the 6th Form-common room most days

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March 28, 2023 2:10 pm

It’s easy to derail the climate yap at the hair salon. The professional hair cutters that cut my hair are far more interested in how to mix drinks. I don’t have the heart to tell them that alcohol is produced by fermentation. which produces a lot of carbon dioxide nor how much hydrocarbon fuel it takes to distill alcohol.

March 28, 2023 3:20 pm

Hmm. My wife’s hairdresser said to her recently,”If renewables are so cheap, how come our electricity bills keep going up!”

AGW is Not Science
Reply to  Douglas
March 29, 2023 3:32 am

Goes to show you the hairdressers can see through the bullshit that self-proclaimed “scientists” seem unable to understand…

George Daddis
March 28, 2023 3:59 pm

“We suggest some easy ways to introduce climate to the conversation and the biggest one is definitely the weather”.

Because Australia never had weather prior to the industrial age.

But it apparently is better than asking women to take advice from a grammar school dropout (as the UN did).

AGW is Not Science
March 28, 2023 5:09 pm

If I went to a barber and they attempted to feed me “climate” bullshit they wouldn’t get a tip and I’d tell them why and I’d let them know that they wouldn’t be seeing me again.

Of course, I’m immune to such tactics, since I see my barber every time I look in the mirror. 😉

March 28, 2023 6:00 pm

Who could have predicted this one. After destroying the scientific method, the Hippocratic Oath, the Nuremberg Code, trashing concepts of sustainability, resilience, laws of thermodynamics, efficient agriculture etc etc, the loonie left have got around to attacking the ancient world-wide trade of hairdressing. As every (successful) hairdresser used to know, it is much easier to dress hair if your customer is comfortable and relaxed.
I guess I am lucky. The person who gets to tidy up my diy efforts is a climate realist, and knows that I am also, so we will have something new to laugh about.

Pat from Kerbob
March 28, 2023 9:49 pm


March 28, 2023 11:56 pm

If they care about climate change first thing they’ll do is scrap their hair dryers.

Probably the most efficient thing energy wise is everyone keeps their hair close cropped at home with scissors.

Going out and driving to the hairdresser and making an afternoon of getting the hair done, nails, lunch is the kind of high carbon lifestyle they should be fighting against.

Let’s put a AGW tax on non-essential businesses like hair salons before we go after farmers.

March 29, 2023 3:09 am

The practical purpose may be simply encouragement for the windbags with useless preacher degrees to find actual jobs for which many of them could qualify with a bit of training. They would consider doing something useful beneath them, but now it’s “The Party and Progressive Humanity want hairdressers who can babble about the climate? Ooh! I was taught to do that!”
Evidently, the theocratic sector already suffers from this excess of low-quality supply, and now chatbots are going to take most of their jobs anyway (more reliable, more capable of forming coherent phrases and no risk of extortion or random #metoo). So, either their older comrades give them somewhere to go, or they will join some even-more-radical opposition and make a mess.

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March 29, 2023 3:24 am

after 30yrs of DIY haircuts I WAS contemplating spoiling myself
If some bimbo in a salon started that conversation shed get an earful and an empty chair tootsweet!!
hairdressing n manicure/beauty “tech” the job you get when youre too dim for the real world

March 29, 2023 3:29 am

funny thought
the toxic fumes from hairdyes and nail products are truly foul and a serious health hazard for the staff and customers in enclosed and not usually well ventilated areas, the power/water and toxic waste to drains alone…
amazing they dont want them all banned or using cold blowdry etc “for the climate”
and yes Henna will colour some hair sometimes but its not exactly ideal with all the plant material clogging drains either( i used to use it decades ago)

March 29, 2023 5:00 am

A really good way to lose business. I will not be lectured by my hairdresser on climate change any more than I would discuss Covid vaccines or my dental health. If I want expertise on climate change I will go to where it exists like this bog and some of its contributors. Otherwise stick to hairdressing, that’s the skill I am paying you for.

March 29, 2023 5:36 am

The cleverness level of many hairdressers in my opinion is that of many IPCC’s purported experts. Repeating, distorting and exagerating what they are told by their customers may be more considered as a noble “art” than science.

March 29, 2023 6:56 am

While reading the comments here, a thought emerged that emphasis on hairdressing while giving a climate clip was too narrow an ambition for these ladies.
I had studied the works of Professor Lesley Hughes, who together with a few other Australian academic scientist gals like Sarah Perkins-Kirkpatrick has become one of the top global activists about alleged worsening heatwaves.They are our go-to girls on heat. They enthuse about hotter, longer and more frequent, so they have already mastered some of the talk for my free, marketing suggestion.

The crutch of it is to forget hairdressers and concentrate on brothels. Control of the dialogue in houses of pleasure will reach audiences of all of the 120+ gender types. It will capture the attention of the audience at a time of concentration, when many of the daily worries are far from the mind, creating a passionate vacancy just itching to be filled by a soft, learned, compelling voice mouthing “Darling, let me tell you about how sea level rises” or “You need me to tell you about the mounting problem of sudden emissions”. Or, “Are you ready for more heat and moisture, my petal?”
See the naked ambition that these ladies have not yet hit on? Geoff S

Andy Pattullo
Reply to  sherro01
March 29, 2023 9:24 am

Sorry what we were talking about, I got distracted.

March 29, 2023 9:30 am

I suppose the hairdressers could encourage their clients to raise the albedo of their hair and make everybody a blonde.

March 31, 2023 5:11 am

My hairdresser has multiple degrees in scientific disciplines, so I trust her implicitly on matters relating to climate.

Reply to  roaddog
March 31, 2023 5:34 am

And the kid who changes my oil is my financial adviser.

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