Hair stylists in the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) on Monday decried low patronage of customers as Christmas draws near.
Some of the stylists in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Abuja attributed the poor patronage to increase in the prices of hair extensions, equipment, attachments and other hair accessories.
While others claimed that growing of natural hair had become trendy and was affecting patronage.
Joy Samuel, a hair stylist at Garki market said in previous years, they usually got a lot of customers than they could handle.
“In previous years, a customer has to book an appointment to be able to make her hair during busy periods like Christmas.
“But as you can see, we have just few customers here and some of us come together to make a person’s hair so that we can all share the money at the end of the day,” she said.
Maman Ene, another hairstylist at the market attributed the poor patronage to the cost of hair products.
“The prices of attachments, wool and other hair accessories have increased compared to what it used to be in the past.
“This has reduced the level of patronage of everything, even hair products in the markets.’’
Blessing Daniel, another hairstylist at Kpaduma market attributed the poor patronage to non payment of salaries of some civil servants.
“Most workers have not been paid their salaries yet. That is why people have not been patronising us yet.”
She, however, expressed optimism that there would be increased patronage from customers if salaries were paid before Christmas day.
Mr Chris Ade, a hair stylist also at Asokoro attributed the poor patronage to the trendy style of growing natural hair.
“Some ladies now prefer to grow natural hair, which has become so trendy.
“So a lot of them don’t fix any extension on their hair. They prefer to just wash and do afro style or weave it.”
He therefore advised women to grow natural hair as it was cheaper to maintain and makes hair grow longer.
Meanwhile, Mr Chucks Donatus, a hair products dealer attributed the increase in the cost of hair extensions, attachments, hair wool and other hair accessories to the economic recession.
Donatus said that the increase in the value of dollar had contributed immensely to hike in the cost of the products as most of them were being imported into the country.