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The Salon: The design of the salon/the salon as a space

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From hyper masculine barbershops to super femininised nail bars, the space of the salon can be highly gendered. Salons are also often assumed to be associated with normative beauty expectations tied up with class, race and ability. How can the space of the salon be designed to challenge or change these expectations, and to make space for a diverse range of experiences and expressions? This panel considers the salon as a space where design can play an important role in changing how we think about beauty, who is welcome, and how we can experiment with our appearances.