Medusa Hairdressing launch women’s safety campaign following Sarah Everard death

An Edinburgh-based salon group is using strength in numbers to launch their #SalonSafety campaign.
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Medusa Hairdressing, which has six salons in Stockbridge, Teviot Place, Bread Street, Broughton Street, Hanover Street and Musselburgh, launched the campaign to let females know that the salons are a safe space, regardless if they are a client or passer by, and aims to inform everyone of their open door policy.

It comes following the murder of Londoner, Sarah Everard which sent shockwaves across the UK and ignited a wider conversation around women’s safety.

Colin McAndrew of Medusa Hair announced the launch of the #SalonSafety campaignColin McAndrew of Medusa Hair announced the launch of the #SalonSafety campaign
Colin McAndrew of Medusa Hair announced the launch of the #SalonSafety campaign
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The shock of Sarah Everard’s death rippled through the team and during a meeting it became clear that the majority of the Medusa team could relate to the statistic that, according to a YouGov survey in January 2021, 97 per cent of women have experience some sort of sexual harassment.

On a mission to help the high street and their local communities, the hairdressing brand has launched the campaign to inform people that if they feel vulnerable, are being followed or are in anyway in danger, they can step inside the salon and speak to someone.

The team will look after them and make the necessary arrangements to keep them safe. Outside of salon hours, the doorways of all salons are covered by CCTV, and offer a level of safety to anyone in harm.

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Managing director, Colin McAndrew, said: “We want to let all women and girls know that if they ever feel unsafe or uncomfortable on the street, they are welcome into any Medusa salon.

"Whether it’s for five minutes or a sit down and a cup of tea, our salons are a safe space and open to whoever needs them. With six locations across Edinburgh and Musselburgh, we cover a wide range of neighbourhoods. So please know, if you ever feel in any danger whatsoever, just pop in, let us know and we will do whatever we can to help.”

Medusa have also followed in the footsteps of the Scottish Government by launching their own initiative to eradicate period poverty.

All six salons now supply complimentary sanitary products in the salon for both team members and clients.

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