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But Male And Female Haircuts Are Different Things

Why should I pay for yours?

Sure, some women do indeed take haircuts that are similar to male. But the vast majority don’t, which rather neatly explains why female haircuts cost a different amount from male.

One pretty obvious note to make is that the distaff stuff takes longer – and the labourer is worthy of their hire, no?

The vast gulf between haircut pricing for men and women is unjust. I live on a London street with a number of hairdressers and barbers. My boyfriend can get a haircut at the Turkish barber for £12. The cheapest option for a woman’s haircut is £53, and they won’t even wash your hair for that. (Charging extra for a wash is an unforgivable hairdressing scam, as if dunking your hair in a basin of tepid water is worth £30.)

It’a amazing that a woman can have been an adult for some years and not have worked this out. Her suggestion is:

But charging women triple or even quadruple for a service that is basically the same as the one men get doesn’t sit right. A fairer system would be for hairdressers to price haircuts based on the length of time they take, regardless of gender.

Idiot. The gender price difference is a proxy for the time difference.

(This is the approach used by the hairdressing chain Chop Chop, which I have visited in the past, and I can confirm: the haircut was fine.)

And if this is what everyone wanted then all would already be going to Chop Chop, eh? Which is the thing that really grates here. The consumer choice she desires is already available but still she whines. Presumably we’ve failed her but not making her approved choice.

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Boganboy
Boganboy
4 years ago

When I paid for haircuts, they never washed my hair. Waaaaaaaah!!!

Now I cut it myself. After all, I don’t have to look at me.

The Mole
The Mole
4 years ago

To be fair the version of the story I read (https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-50691249) was complaining of being charged more even when they wanted a male haircut that would presumably take the same amount of time as on a male. And that is the point in the quote of why aren’t haircuts priced just by the amount of time they take. There are some justifications for this (valid or not) such as 1) Women seem prepared to pay more, partly probably as the see a visit to the hairdresser as an experience (being pampered and having someone wash your hair for you) whilst… Read more »

Bernie G.
Bernie G.
4 years ago

Here in the sticks I pay £7.50 (+£2.50 tip) to my man for his efforts: two minutes, number 3. The good lady pays £80.00 and considers it a steal (in comparison to what she used to pay in London). Her hairdresser is something of an artist; mine is half-blind, has shaky hands and is of a liability (but needs the business and is good for local gossip).

Spike
Spike
4 years ago
Reply to  Bernie G.

Yikes! don’t want to know about your surgeon

Bernie G.
Bernie G.
4 years ago
Reply to  Spike

Two of my previous GPs died from drink and drugs.

Bernie G.
Bernie G.
4 years ago
Reply to  Spike

My headmaster topped himself too.

Felipe Grey
Felipe Grey
4 years ago

Lots of ladies have haircuts similar to males haircuts nowadays and my barber caters for both, and doesn’t charge ladies any more than the males.

John B
John B
4 years ago

Time was when men and women got their hair done in different places: men at the barber shop; women at the hairdresser. Then when fashionable young men decided they wanted more than just short back and sides and something off the top shelf for the weekend, perms and colouring for example, Bob the barber was not up to it, so men started to go to ‘unisex’ hairdressers who charged men more for theses services.

Women never just want a haircut like a man, they want it styled which takes longer, more skill.

Nautical Nick
Nautical Nick
4 years ago

Well, then. Quite clearly there are excess profits to be made from being a ladies hairdresser, so why are there not more of them? Perhaps because excess profits are not being made….

Bernie G.
Bernie G.
4 years ago
Reply to  Nautical Nick

Mrs G’s current hairdresser has just purchased a new shiny Range Rover. Her London hairdresser drove a Porsche and owned a yacht. There really is lots of money in ladies hairdressing.

Bernie G.
Bernie G.
4 years ago

Hair is important. Women can wear whatever they want, can afford, but a decent haircut defines them, their social status.

john77
john77
4 years ago

The subject of the price of haircuts should be the core of a massive post-doctoral thesis in economics. There are multiple inputs – most significantly the productivity and pay of industrial workers (so Tokyo had the most epensive haircuts in the world in the 1970s), the “real” value of the median wage, legislation/regulation, fashion and whether the customer really cares about the result which are far more important than the skill and time involved. Sixty years ago my short-back-and-sides cost 1s 6d (four-and-a-half-Mars Bars). Now it costs £9 (15 Mars Bars) so it has trebled in price. The skill and… Read more »

Barks
Barks
4 years ago

Don’t pick the barber with the best looking haircut. One of the other barbers did it.

Esteban
Esteban
4 years ago

She has a bit of a point, the price should reflect the work involved, a complicated male haircut should cost more than a very simple female. However, life seldom affords us all the luxury of fine tuning every detail or process to achieve “fairness”. If she has a simple haircut she could presumably negotiate with the stylist. All that said, I will note that in my experience not only do women require more complicated styling, they are rarely happy with the results and often require a couple of touch ups to get to “OK”. I’d also note that most men… Read more »

jgh
jgh
4 years ago

I was surprised by my female neighbour complaining how expensive haircuts were. I was thinking: what? five quid every two or three months? How do you even notice that exists, let along think it’s expensive. But she continued… £15 every week… yerwot???? WTF is having a haircut EVERY WEEK??? Oh yes, women who complain about how expensive having their hair cut do.

My other neighbour noticed she was going bald, so just goes in for a buzz cut every six months and wears a wig. 😉

djc
djc
4 years ago

I pay considerably less for a haircut these days, I am less fussy.
Women are always fussy, they may say they only want a simple man’s cut, but I doubt they would be happy with a 10 minute cut from the average barber.

Quentin Vole
Quentin Vole
4 years ago

I usually go to the village barber £7.50+tip (£2.50 sounds a bit excessive to me, Bernie – so well done you), but when she’s shut, I go to the local town where the 3 barbers on the High Street have now been joined by 3 new Turkish barbers, and there I upgrade to the ‘full Turkish’ for £20 because I quite enjoy being pampered a couple of times a year. They (there seem to be about 5 staff) are all Turks now living in Green Lanes (London), so drive 45 miles each way. I really struggle to see how they… Read more »

Michael van der Riet
Michael van der Riet
4 years ago

If my gf had to tell her buds that she’d gone for a cheap do, that would be the end of her social life. Veblen and all that.

bloke in Germany in New Jersey
bloke in Germany in New Jersey
4 years ago

My mid life crisis response is to grow my hair again. I’ve no idea what to do with it anyway and am fed up of paying crazy money for something that looks shit again within 2 weeks. It might as well look shit for free.

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