If you’re anything like me, you hate small talk. It’s boring, it’s tedious, and I have a hard time pretending to care about strangers. Avoiding small talk on a regular basis can be difficult, but sometimes it’s necessary to maintain your sanity and keep yourself happy. I don’t want to brag or anything, but I go to a nail salon that is significantly out of way solely because the workers there don’t feel the need to engage in small talk. That’s dedication.
Bauhaus, a salon in South Wales, caters to the anti-social in a way that is so revolutionary and preferable that I might just cross an ocean next time I need a trim. The salon offers a “quiet chair” service that allows customers to sit through their services without feeling like they need to explain their love life to a complete stranger with whom they share zero emotional connection.
Owner Scott Miller claims the chair is offered in order to give clients an opportunity to enjoy a quiet experience as if they were getting a spa treatment. How dope is that? Miller summed up the awkwardness of small talk perfectly when he told Cosmopolitan, “It’s like when you go to parties where you don’t know anyone and so you start chatting it up about the weather because it’s awkward.” Someone give this man a bid.
You have to figure this chair is also a godsend for the employees of the salon, too. I would hate to pretend to give a shit about every middle aged woman’s children and how many goals they almost scored in their last soccer game. Either way, I hope this catches on and that more salons in the U.S. take note. I’m sick of listening to my hairdresser bitch about her jobless daughter, and I think we have all long forgotten the value of peace and quiet.
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