Apprentice hairdresser claims she was turned down for job at Brighton salon after refusing to dye hair pink (From The Argus)
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Apprentice hairdresser claims she was turned down for job at Brighton salon after refusing to dye hair pink
A teenager claims she was turned down for a hairdressing job because she refused to dye her hair bright pink.
Robyn Hinksman was on an apprenticeship at the Bliss salon on Dyke Road, Brighton, when she was told not to come back by boss Tracey Scoffin.
The 16-year-old from Mile Oak claims she lost her job after the manager said her “look was not right” for the shop.
Robyn said: “I paid £200 the day before to have blonde extensions put in my hair but when I turned up Tracey was not happy.
“She took me aside and said I would be sacked if I didn’t take them out.
“She told me she wanted me to dye my hair pink instead because it would look funky – but I said no.
“Then she got really angry and told me not to come back.”
Robyn, who was on an apprenticeship at the salon with Hove-based beauty training firm LookFantastic, claims she was then told to “go see a counsellor” by the furious salon boss.
She said: “Tracey told me I was fake and that my look was not right for the store.
“But I didn’t want pink and purple hair. I’ve just come out of school and I just want a normal hair colour.
“I’m certainly not changing my appearance for someone else.”
Robyn’s mum Jayne Wakeling said she was “outraged” by her daughter’s claims.
She said: “I think this is a disgusting way to treat a girl who just wanted to have her hair the way she wanted it.
“The idea she had to dye her hair pink or lose the job is just ridiculous – and she loved working there.
“I want Tracey Scoffin to apologise for what she has done.”
Mrs Scoffin was contacted by The Argus for a response but refused to comment.
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