The owner of a fashionable hair salon today denied being a racist after turning down a headscarf-wearing Muslim who applied for a stylist's job.

Sarah Desrosiers, 32, told a tribunal it was vital that all her staff show off "flamboyant" haircuts at the Wedge salon in King's Cross.

And Miss Desrosiers, from Hackney, said 19-year-old Mrs Bushra Noah's headscarf was out of keeping with the "ultra-modern, urban, edgy and funky" style of her business.

The salon owner added she adopted a cutting-edge hair style on entering the industry which she says is essential to work as a stylist.

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