Salon owners and barbers who want to be more inclusive to women are increasingly relying on a new service called Avalon, a technology that lets them make sure they are taking care of women’s hair.
Salon owners say the service has the potential to change the way women shop and the way they work.
They also say Avalon is opening a whole new field for women who have a hard time finding a professional salon, and they hope it will inspire other women to get in touch.
Salon owner Michelle Pappas, the founder of Avalon , said she started her business out of a desire to provide women with a better salon experience.
The service was invented in New York City, but it hasn’t been widely adopted in other parts of the country, and it hasn’s also been hard for women to access because it requires them to walk into a salon, pick up their hair, and have it trimmed by a barber.
It is a different experience for women, Pappis said.
And she wants Avalon to help.
“You know, women in this industry are the backbone of our economy, and we’re not going to be able to do our jobs if we’re invisible,” Pappans said.
Pappes and her husband started Avalon after a trip to Australia, where they visited a barbershop and saw women who were frustrated by the lack of services available to them.
The women wanted a better experience, so they decided to work with Avalon.
The app lets women see which barbers and stylists are available in their area, and the barbers get a list of what services they can offer and the price of each service, along with their referral link.
Avalon also lets barbers track their clientele, making it easier to know when they need to call a particular barber for a haircut.
Avalons pricing model, Pasas said, is similar to a “gift card” system where women who use it can get a free haircut or shave, or a free makeup appointment.
Pasamas said she hopes Avalons popularity will help to change attitudes in the industry.
“There are people out there who think that we need to make sure that we’re working for everyone and that we want women to feel comfortable about working in this space, so that they can take the next step and have a professional experience,” Pasams said.
The salon owners are also hopeful Avalons success will spark more women to seek out a salon.
“The next step is for women like us to come out and say, ‘This is what I want, I want to work in a professional environment.
I want women who are looking for a professional barber experience to come to us,'” Papps said.
“And then we’ll be able more women can come in and be part of this industry.”
Pappos is hoping that Avalons rise in popularity will give her more opportunities to help other women, but she also wants to make her experience more welcoming to women who feel uncomfortable with their appearance.
Pascale, the Avalons CEO, said that she believes that she has created a platform that will allow women to be confident in their hair and be treated with respect.
“I feel like my salon is going to have a better, more inclusive environment because of this service,” Pascales said.