The Hairdresser is;
It is in my considered opinion that the hairdresser is the most influential person in the community.
When the public goes to the hairdresser, something happens to them. They feel safe, and they relax. The hairdresser knows what their skin is like under the makeup; they know their age; they don’t have to keep up any kind of pretense. People tell a hairdresser things wouldn’t dare confess to a priest and they are open about matters they try to conceal from a doctor. When people place their secret lives in the hairdresser’s hands, the hairdresser gains an authority few other people attain. I have heard hairdressers quoted with complete conviction on art, literature, politics, economics, childcare, and morals.
I tell you that a clever, thoughtful, ambitious hairdresser wields a power beyond the comprehension of most people…
(From the novel “Holiday)