A woman who said she was "not allowed to have her hair cut because of her sexuality" has had her accusation dismissed by the owner of a barbershop

The woman, who did not wish to be named, said she had been going to Kaya’s Barber, on Bolton Road in Blackburn, for three years, only to be told last week that “because of their religion they could no longer cut her hair because she's a gay woman.” 

Posting about her experience on Facebook, the woman said: "The amount of s**t people get just because of their sexuality is disgusting, but to be barred from somewere is just outright ridiculous. I’m fuming."

However, the owner of the barbershop said the customer was told there was no-one to cut her hair because they don’t work with women’s hair, and claims her sexuality was not mentioned by any of the barbers working at the premises. 

He said: “It was nothing to do with whether she was gay or not. I don’t care if you’re gay or lesbian or anything.”

The owner claims he tried explaining the reason to the customer, but said she failed to understand.

He continued: “Actually, she was very fussy and she has very strong hair and just very fussy. And we just can’t do women’s hair.

“We have a lot of gay customers, but we just can’t do it for women.”

The woman also shared on Facebook that she had been going to the same barbers for three years and had never had any issues previously.

Kaya's Barber came under new management last year, and the current owner said that this change of hands might explain why she was 'suddenly refused’ a hair cut.

The owner said that he has never had any complaints or issues with clients at his barbershop before, adding: “This is the first time we’ve had any problems.

"I’ve seen her post and she can share to 100 people, or she can put it in the newspaper, I don’t care, I don’t have a problem. This is my shop and I know what happened.”

The owner said he hasn't tried to get in touch with the customer after seeing the Facebook post because he thinks it would be "pointless trying to explain".

Councillor Jim Casey, who represents the Ewood Ward on Blackburn with Darwen Borough Council, where Kaya's Barbers sits, has been contacted for comment.