[Tagging] Feature Proposal - RFC - Barbershop
Bert -Araali- Van Opstal
bert.araali.afritastic at gmail.com
Tue Mar 2 23:11:53 UTC 2021
This is an excellent opportunity to reconsider the shop=hairdresser and
shop=beauty. Both hairdresser and beauty refer more to an amenity key
(cultural and social) or a craft key (service / skilled work).
A hairdresser or a beauty shop is in most cases not a place where I go
to buy something, but where I go to get a service from a craftsmen
and/or go for social interaction.
My preference would go to amenity = salon.
A salon is an establishment offering cosmetic treatments for men and
women. Salon is also called beauty parlour or beauty salon. Beauty
salons offer many treatments including, hair treatments, skin
treatments, facial aesthetics, aromatherapy, foot care and nail
manicures. Actually, in most African and Asian countries, most
"hairdressers" offer a mix of these services and might even offer some
food and bar like services. African women take from morning till evening
to get their hair done, most also of course because it's an excellent
opportunity to have their endless chats with their friends and have
their nailes done at the same time. Strictly male salons, similar to
barber shops also exist here. Although they cut or shave you, they often
have a small bar, or a pool table, a good excuse for men to socialise
and have their hair or beard done while actually they just want a known
and popular place to go to to socialise with their friends and have a
beer or play some pool.
In the Middle-East, most muslim countries the divide men / women has
more religious and cultural foundations, also in the names of these
faculties, where it is often, also due to language differences,
difficult to find a suitable OSM tag. There a barber is strictly for
men, a salon or hairdresser for women.
Sometimes there are specialized salons dealing with specialized
treatments such as hair salons and nail salons. Some main treatments
offered at a full-service salon include haircuts, hair colouring, hair
styling (straightening, perm, etc.), hair removal (waxing, threading,
etc.), massages, facials, cleanups, manicures, and pedicures,
hydrotherapy, and micro-pigmentation.
This is mostly the case In Western countries ? However , in OSM this is
split in hairdresser and separate beauty top-level shop values. It makes
it very inviting for people to use multiple nodes just to be able to tag
them as places where mostly a variety of the beauty services are delivered.
It also makes it difficult to distinguish places where they just sell
"hair" products and / or other beauty products, or even a specialised
shop where they sell "hairdresser" tools, which would be shops in the
So I would suggest to create amenity=salon and use a secondary key
salon=barber or barber_shop / hairdresser / nail / etc... . Redefine
shop=hairdresser for shops primary selling hairdresser tools and
accessories, shop=hair for shops that primarily sell hair treatment
products, or for the Africans weaves etc...
A salon that offers different services can then easily be used on a
amenity = salon
shop = hair
On 03/03/2021 01:33, Brian M. Sperlongano wrote:
> While I have never heard about the classic tricoloured poles
> outside, I believe we could have an additional style tag to
> distinguish the traditional style barbershops rather than a new
> main tag.
> If I were looking for a place to get a haircut, it's better if we can
> query one tag. However, traditional barbershops are culturally
> different from other hair salons / hairdressers and there are people
> that personally prefer the barbershop "experience". Further, there
> are places that style themselves as a barber shop, but will also cut
> women's hair, though they may lack the more comprehensive services
> traditionally associated with women's hair styles. I see this
> distinction as similar to the "cuisine" tag that we apply to
> restaurants, and I'd support a tag that distinguishes barber shops
> from other types of hair establishments *within* the shop=hairdresser tag.
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