The barber at the centre of a sexism storm sparked by Strictly's Karen Clifton, has spoken out following her tearful tirade on social media.
The 36-year-old dancer posted an emotional video on Instagram , in which she claimed that she was turned away from Jack's of London in Wimbledon, because she was a woman
Now, the owner of the 'traditional men's barber' has spoken out to reiterate that they specialise in barbering and not certain 'technical' hairdressing techniques.
Karen has apparently visited Jack's of London before, where she has had her new trimmed down style but this time, she said that they refused to cut it, citing that they 'don't do women's hair'.
In the tearful Instagram video, Karen explained: "I was told 'the owner doesn’t allow women to get their hair cut here.’
“I felt really c**p because this has never really happened to me before.
“This is ridiculous and I’ve never felt this before and I’ve never experienced this before and it’s not right.
"It shouldn’t be that way.”
The owner of the barber shop has hit back at the allegations and has claimed there was a 'misunderstanding' by staff and offered their apologies for Karen's treatment.
This was tempered by the store reiterating that they are a 'traditional mens barber specialising in barber cuts' and reminded Karen that her style might need a little more than the cuts that are on offer.
In a lengthy statement, a spokesman said: "TV celebrity Karen Clifton was informed that Jacks of London does not cater for women.
"Her experience has alerted us to the need to make it explicit to our entire team that Jacks of London DOES give barber cuts to everyone, regardless of gender.
"However, we must also emphasise that Jacks of London is a barber store, specialising in barber cuts. Later this year it will celebrate 25 years as a traditional store of meds who do not want to go to a hair salon, preferring, instead, to hang out where there are wall-to-wall sports, video games and clippers buzzing.
"The Jacks of London brand is now synonymous with quality service and outstanding barbering and so, increasingly, women are coming to us for technical cuts by our award-winning barbers."
The statement continued: "Indeed, Karen Clifton has had her short hair done twice before at our store without event. But these are specific styles.
"Many of out barbers have have barber AND hairdressing training, but not all. Barbers and hairdressers require different skills and training; a hairdresser may stumble over cutting a pattern in a fade while a barber would struggle to cut a bob.
"This is why there tends to be a gender divide between hair salons and barbershops, but for anyone of any gender who wants an undercut, as Karen currently sports, a tight fade or a short, back and sides, Jacks of London barbers CAN AND WILL delver.
"We sincerely apologise to Karen Clifton for the treatment she received this morning and would welcome her back to Jacks anytime #wesupportkarenclifton".
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