The owners of Dublin’s beauty salon Secretos are under fire for their “cute” salon, and it’s all the more painful because they’re black.
A petition against the owners of Secretos has now gathered more than 5,000 signatures.
The owners say the owners have received “negative feedback” and their “beauty is not appreciated” after complaints from people who don’t feel comfortable at the salon.
“The feedback has been very negative and I would have to say I have been a bit shocked,” said Secretos owner and beauty artist Margo Toney.
Secretos has been in business for more than 30 years.
It was established in 1989 by Toney and her husband, a doctor who also works as a hair stylist.
Toney said she and her boyfriend, who is a surgeon, have been running the salon for a number of years and would like to see it continue.
She said they want to do things differently and they want the shop to be “a place for people of colour to come to and see a black person”.
“It is not our intention to be the next big thing.
It’s not our aim,” she said.
In a statement, Secretos said it was “deeply saddened” by the negative feedback.
Its owners have been contacted by the Irish Human Rights Commission and will be “responding with appropriate legal action”.
“We are fully committed to providing our customers with the best possible service and have worked to create a community of respect, diversity and inclusion at Secretos,” the statement read.
An online petition has been launched at Change.org, calling on the owners to make a “positive change” and “re-engage” with customers.
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“The negative feedback has gone on for over a year and it is not the first time people have expressed this,” said Toney, who added she was not black.
“I don’t think it’s a racist comment.
The petition reads: “The owners have repeatedly stated they are working with their neighbours to create more opportunities for Black people in their community and that they will create a ‘more diverse and inclusive’ space for their customers, while ensuring that no Black people are excluded from the salon or denied entry. “
But people do not want to go to the salon.”
The petition reads: “The owners have repeatedly stated they are working with their neighbours to create more opportunities for Black people in their community and that they will create a ‘more diverse and inclusive’ space for their customers, while ensuring that no Black people are excluded from the salon or denied entry.
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