Short back and sides – sex without object under new hair application
When Palfrey left the military, she traveled the world for four years, cutting hair at Mount Everest base camp and giving her scuba diving instructor an underwater beard cut.
She soon saw how transformative hair could be.
âPeople feel great when they have a really good haircut, don’t they? Said Palfrey.
It took him about 18 months from the idea for the Dooo app to its launch in November, using 30,000 pounds ($ 40,000) from family and friends and 45,000 pounds raised at the investment site in Crowdcube start-up capital.
After a month, there were 20 hairdressers on the app, clustered around the city of Bristol in the southwest of England, where Palfrey lives, and near Bath. So far, it has been downloaded to iPhones over 400 times.
There is a small but growing number of hairdressers and barbers offering gender neutral prices and a safe space for people whose gender expression does not match the standards.
Meanwhile, hair and beauty booking apps are proliferating, including big names like Treatwell and Fresha, though most don’t come across as breaking down gender barriers.
Palfrey hopes to hold another round of investment in January to fund the launch of an Android version of the app and expand to at least seven other cities in England and Wales.
Dooo takes a 20% commission from hairdressers using the app, which Palfrey says compares to rates of 40-60% in exchange for renting a chair at a typical Bristol salon.
She is “keenly aware” of criticisms that workers in the so-called concert economy – like those in her app – often lack employment protections, but hopes Dooo will help stylists make a decent living.
âI’m really trying to create something that is going to help people feel better during a difficult time in the world,â she added.
Loxley Firlotte, a transgender man who had his hair cut by Palfrey at his salon in Bristol and also booked through the Dooo app, said getting the cut he wanted had it helped to feel comfortable in everyday life.
âIt’s definitely part of making myself feel more comfortable in my own skin, which is very important,â he said.
* The application removes the prices for men and women
* Cuts are priced according to cut length
* More and more LGBTQ lounges included
Reporting by Rachel Savage.
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