TIL hair salons in the UK have started to include a "quiet chair" for people who don't want to engage in small talk while getting their hair cut.

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15 Nov 2017 07:25 - +9806
Uh, *one* salon did this, according to the article. My barber doesn’t say a word to me. Mainly because he’s Turkish and his English is terrible. I’m fine with it.
15 Nov 2017 07:09 - +1725
Here's why I love my barber: * Provides a beer in the waiting room, and a second beer while I'm getting my hair cut. * Outside of the initial small talk and asking what I want, doesn't say anything the whole time. * Doesn't try and sell me on whatever product they are supposed to push. That earns a $10 tip.
15 Nov 2017 06:58 - +1128
My barber spends more time running his sports betting books than his mouth. He lets us drink beer too. Great place.
15 Nov 2017 09:15 - +1016
My barber knows how I like my hair done. He confirms this. That's the end of the conversation. I sit, relax, I quietly enjoy the experience, "thank you" when the job is done. Pay for the service 'have a nice weekend'. Done. He's great with small talk. Other people like to chat. I like to say nothing. He's been my barber for 16 years. I don't know what his first name is. He doesn't know mine. We're good.
15 Nov 2017 06:55 - +670
I don't mind smalltalk. The main issue I have is I get worried that the stylist might get distracted and fuck up.
15 Nov 2017 09:35 - +432
I feel like this is more of a relief for the employee instead of the customer. "Whats wrong Sarah?" "Oh you know, just having one of those days I guess." "Ah yes we all get those days sometimes..do you want the quiet chair today?" "Yes thank you, I'm not feeling like faking a smile all damn day."
15 Nov 2017 08:16 - +336
I go to sports clips, the lady asks if I like football, I say no, she says me neither, then she cuts my hair and neither of us speak, I give $10 tip.
15 Nov 2017 06:30 - +224
The "Ron Swanson" seat.
15 Nov 2017 07:41 - +195
Please let that catch on here. I'm always so afraid the person cutting my hair will get offended if I don't engage in small talk despite hating every minute of it.
15 Nov 2017 09:16 - +152
I have heard this so many times on Reddit that I have seriously considered marketing myself as a stylist that offers an option for clients. Honestly, I hate the awkward conversations just as much as other people do. Knowing that I didn't have to initiate small talk all day would make the job so much more enjoyable. I think this thread has finally talked me into doing it! Thanks guys!
15 Nov 2017 08:05 - +109
When I lived in the UK, I always went to the same barber because they played music *just* loudly enough that you couldn’t really have a conversation. It was wonderful. They also cut hair pretty well, but that’s beside the point.
15 Nov 2017 09:49 - +102
Going to a counter and asking for a chair in order to avoid awkwardness is possibly the least British thing I can think of. The British thing to do is to say nothing and just endure it.
15 Nov 2017 09:40 - +60
Except no one who would want the quiet chair would actually request it.
15 Nov 2017 09:05 - +56
One reason I don't get my hair professionally cut is social anxiety. I'm so awkward with small talk and watching myself be awkward is too much. I could never ask a hair dresser not to chit chat, so I just don't go.
15 Nov 2017 07:42 - +54
I talk to people for a living, but I always feel weird talking to someone while looking in a mirror as they cut my hair. The idea of a quiet chair sounds brilliant.
15 Nov 2017 07:13 - +53
Hijacking this thread for my own purposes: can anyone find for me a small comic/cartoon I saw once about a guy who goes to the hairdresser and is handed a piece of paper saying 'we're trialing a new scheme...please tick the box if you don't want to engage in idle chit-chat with the hairdresser' and she asks why he's crying and he says 'I'm just so happy'? Thanks.
15 Nov 2017 09:31 - +47
I think there's enough of a market for this that you could run a whole shop on this principle in most places. Barbershops are not a naturally welcoming environment for the shy and introverted. If I had the contacts and the money I'd do this. Maybe call it 'Cut It and Shut It'.
15 Nov 2017 09:13 - +47
Can we get this, like, everywhere?
15 Nov 2017 09:45 - +46
Uber and Lyft need to have this option.
15 Nov 2017 07:04 - +29
in any case, i'd love to be able to book a "quiet chair" for appointments. It wouldn't feel awkward to me at all. i'd hope it wouldn't be akward for the stylist either - afterall the salon is the one *offering* a "quiet chair".
15 Nov 2017 09:52 - +26
any chair can be a quiet chair if you’re rude enough. source: am rude enough.
15 Nov 2017 09:20 - +19
Can’t wait for this to catch on in the US! Maybe I can finally go get something done with my hair, I’ve been whacking at it myself for years. I avoid salons because of all the chitchat...Now if I could just smoke a bowl and drink some wine while getting my hair done!
15 Nov 2017 09:53 - +18
I would love this. I feel guilty because I know the hair cutter is probably bored and wants to make small talk but I hate small talk. I also get annoyed at taxi drivers who want to small talk. Maybe Uber is better but we still don't have it upstate.
15 Nov 2017 10:11 - +15
Most hairdressers can tell when you dont want to make small talk. I hate small talk at the hairdresser and the cut and colour i get takes hours so its an endurance test for me. After a few polite interactions, any good hair stylist should be able to take the hint that you dont want to talk. Mine just talk amongst themselves and joke around amd every now and then i just smile and nod along.
15 Nov 2017 09:32 - +14
This is one of those common complaints I don't get. I've never had an issue with a barber small talking me. OK, once, but literally one time. I don't think I'm particularly standoffish or anything. I'm pretty approachable. I definitely don't want to small talk while getting a hair cut, but with zero effort that goal is reached. Now dentists... y'all some sadistic fucks.
15 Nov 2017 10:12 - +13
I wish my dentist office did this. How am I supposed to hold up my end of the conversation when you have your hand and a sharp tool in my mouth?
15 Nov 2017 10:43 - +11
Barber "What kind of haircut we getting today" Customer : "I'm outta here"
15 Nov 2017 09:56 - +11
I go to this swanky barber shop (since the area where I work is very upscale and I'd rather not drive too far) and tried out 4 different barbers till I found the right one. I told each one that I did not like to talk during haircuts. The first 3 ignored my request.
15 Nov 2017 09:09 - +10
I wish there was something I could wear that actually kept people from talking to me altogether when in public.
15 Nov 2017 07:39 - +10
Why not just have the hair dressers ask if you want to talk?
15 Nov 2017 10:21 - +9
A good stylist should be able to tell when their client doesn't want to talk.
15 Nov 2017 09:35 - +9
They should all be quiet chairs until I talk to you.
15 Nov 2017 10:26 - +8
My wife is a stylist. She has told me she hates small talk more than her clients do. What she does is either put on loudish music or have the TV running with some show. Both are effective at drowning out uncomfortable silence apparently.
15 Nov 2017 10:48 - +8
As a stylist I’d like a quiet room for when I don’t want to talk to people while cutting their hair: “No Sharon I don’t know why your package was delivered 2 days later than it was supposed to” 🙄
15 Nov 2017 10:56 - +8
I want a quiet chair everywhere.
15 Nov 2017 10:23 - +7
Just learn how to cut your own hair. And then you can completely be shunned by all and never have to speak to anyone ever.
15 Nov 2017 09:31 - +7
The chick that cuts my hair each month does it quietly and I love it. We chat a little before and after, but other than that, she just concentrates on not messing up my hair.
15 Nov 2017 09:40 - +6
I wish my uber had an option when i request a drive. Talk or no talk. Honestly i work 14 hour shifts and im exausted coming home from work. I dont have the mental capacity to engage people in small talk.

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