The PEI Hairdressers Association is warning brides-to-be of an ongoing scam that could leave weddings without a hairdresser on their special day.
The association recently took to social media to offer to verify that hairdressers booked for weddings are legitimate and licensed, after at least two brides lost their deposits to someone they had hired. on line.
Speaking of one such bride, the association’s executive director, Sherri Runighan, said the stylist “ghosted her; she never responded” to further attempts at communication.
“We just don’t want people putting their deposits on a service and then not showing up or, you know, losing communication after the deposit has been made.”
The association said several people had made the same complaint about the same person providing wedding hair services.
Runighan said the scam leaves a bad impression on the hairdressing community in Prince Edward Island.
“It totally upsets us. That’s why we decided to get the message out to the public…to educate them and let them know they can contact us at any time.”
I think it’s so obnoxious and classless.—Sylvia Wolters
“We’re certainly not the only industry going through this,” Runighan added.
She said the association is trying to get all beauty providers, such as those who offer aesthetic services like eyelash curling and tinting, to register with the association. .
Runighan said it’s especially important for out-of-province couples who come to marry on the island to feel they’re getting safe, reliable and legitimate services.
The ‘just scum’ crooks
Sylvia Wolters runs her custom wedding decor business Relax…It’s My Turn from her home in Hunter River. She invites couples to her house to sit over a cup of tea and talk about whatever they want, months before their wedding. Its goal is to provide affordable wedding decoration.
She offers couples personal references and shows photos of her work. She doesn’t accept deposits, but requires full payment a few days before the wedding day, to ensure she gets paid.
“I think it’s so obnoxious and classless. So sad for these girls,” Wolters said of the brides who lost their deposits and were left without a hairdresser.
“There aren’t even words for people like that – just scum,” she said.
Wolters suggests the province or another reliable source should create a registry for all wedding-related businesses on PEI, including decorators, florists and photographers as well as venues. She said this type of one-stop-shop site could offer ratings and reviews, so couples can rest assured they’re real and have a track record.
“It’s a really big trust issue,” she said of those booking out-of-province destination weddings.
Even people booking in the province can run into problems, she points out, giving the example of a community hall she recently decorated that was a “damn stinky mess” when her team arrived to s ‘install.
She said they spent hours ironing crumpled tablecloths that had been put away, unfolded, in trash bags.
Wolters suggests that for now, brides looking for wedding hairstyles book with a well-known salon that has a storefront, website, ratings and reviews, so they know they’re legit.