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Should Women Pay More For a Haircut Than Men?

An equality organization in Finland is attempting to fine salons for discriminatory prices in haircuts between men and women. And I, for one, am all for it! I pay $65 for a simple haircut when some of my male friends pay up to $30 less. According to the proposal, prices can vary depending on how much time the client is in the chair and how much product is used in her—or his—hair.

In my opinion, that makes complete sense. The price should be determined by the length of the hair and the difficulty of the procedure, not by gender. It's doubtful that such a strict restriction would ever be implemented in the United States, but it begs the question: Should women pay more for a haircut than men?

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phree2b phree2b 9 years
More because there is more involved.
MamaD MamaD 9 years
I'll pay more as long as more time is taken and the stylist is really into "the cut".
crazygirl93 crazygirl93 9 years
Yes, it's more difficult to cut our hair and takes longer time (generally).
weyes weyes 9 years
i was going to say long v. short should determine the cost, but a couple of people did suggest the difficulty of the cut, and i think that makes more sense. i have curly hair, which is deinitely more challenging. customers might argue, though, and say that their cuts aren't difficult and shouldn't have to pay more... in that case, time in the chair should be the deciding factor. then again, if you're going to argue w/ your stylist about that, choose one you w/ whom you agree.
keiraz keiraz 9 years
it depends on her hair and how much she has to cut from it
veronicaraye veronicaraye 9 years
yes, we tend to be a little more work.
mlen mlen 9 years
i think women's should cost more then men's but maybe not all woman's should cost the same. i find myself waiting longer then i want so that i can justify the cost of a cut by getting a few inches off- because i don't want to pay for just the half inch or an inch! i think there should be a price for when you just want a trim- a simple inch off all around with no extra styling, just keeping the same style.
kimbit kimbit 9 years
I don't think it should even be based on length of hair, they are only cutting the ends off, how is cutting 1 inch off of longer hair harder than cutting 1 inch off of short hair?
kvitter kvitter 9 years
We actually passed a similar law in sweden a couple of years ago. The prices haven't changed all that much for women, I guess guys simply pay more now. but most salons charge you by how much work you want/need and that seems fair.
Masqueraded_Angel Masqueraded_Angel 9 years
Lovelylei, the reason that a Debit or Credit card is a disadvantage to the stylist, is because there is a service charge for using the Visa machine. At our salon, I think the percentage taken out for the Visa is around 5 to 10% of the overall cost. So basically, the stylists are paying for you to use the Visa machine. When you pay with cash or check, most of the time it goes directly to the stylist, without them having to take out a percentage.
purrtykitty purrtykitty 9 years
i think longer hair is considerably easier to cut than shorter hair. men's hair can often be difficult to cut. i think the cost should definitely be tied to time in chair, and products used.
ShaenaLauren ShaenaLauren 9 years
I think alot of different factors come into play, especially if you are going to a trendy or upscale salon. Not only the level of experience of the stylist but also the experience of frequenting the salon itself. I don't think gender is necessarily an issue. I find it funny that high-end salons charge men ridiculous sums to get their hair done as well. I mean I pay $65 I think for a hair cut and my dad was in the salon one day with me one day and he decided to get a haircut since he had to wait and there was an opening and they charged him $45 and he is basically bald.
htiduj htiduj 9 years
i dont think that length of hair is necessarily the issue. one of my close friends has hair that goes all the way down to her butt, but she never layers it - and only trims the ends. thats an easy haircut. whereas, i have a pixie cut with all these layers and the cut was sculpted to my face. of course i should pay more for that even if my hair is super short.
ImJessica ImJessica 9 years
I think it should depend on the difficulty/time involved, which is *generally* more for women, but not always. The problem with this Finland thing is that if they push for "equal costs" in haircuts, most places will just raise the men's cost to match the women's, not the other way around. And that doesn't solve anything.
lovelylei lovelylei 9 years
I agree that it should depend on the length of the hair and what exactly you want done. but I also understand why salons charge a lot more than say supercuts..simply because a salon is a much better atmosphere with nicer people. usually... anyway I'd really like to know why someone on here said using a Debit or Credit Card is a disadvantage to the hair stylist and why they make less money off it.
LaLaLaurie06 LaLaLaurie06 9 years
yes. although i don't mind paying more for my cut and highlight because my hairdresser does a FAB job, if i had a choice, the pricing would be way cheaper. unfortch, when i've tried to go cheaper, that means i've had to forgo quality and my hair ended up looking DISGUSTING b/c the woman who did my highlight acted like she had never done one before. sooooooo...it's kind of like clothing. you pay for what you get. and i know that different lengths cost different prices, whatever, whatever. oh well. it's not like it's going to keep me from getting my hair done.
nibbie17 nibbie17 9 years
the only reason why women's haircuts are more expensive is because we will pay those high prices. if NO ONE was willing to pay for a haircut over $40, then the price of them would be lower.
omilawd omilawd 9 years
I agree that people's haircut prices should be determined on how much time they spend in the chair and/or the difficulty of the haircut. I am SICK of paying a haircut price for a trim that takes ten minutes at most.
Lovely_1 Lovely_1 9 years
And women are more picky too...so that adds more stress on the stylist to make your hair the way you like it.
Masqueraded_Angel Masqueraded_Angel 9 years
Oh, AND...most salons now have "junior stylists" that offer half off of the prices. Our junior stylist actually does my hair, and she's brilliant! So if you're on a budget between your senior stylist's haircuts, go see a junior for a trim. :)
Masqueraded_Angel Masqueraded_Angel 9 years
I have some insight on this. I work at a salon where the stylists usually charge between $40 and $50 for a haircut. Unfortunately, a huge percentage is taken out of that money if the customer chooses to use Visa or Debit. (always pay your stylist with either cash or check) Also, if the stylist happens to be a contractor for a salon, that means that they have to pay rent to the salon owner, which isn't cheap. I am in no means defending some of the prices at the salons out there. Some of them are just plain outrageous. But at our salon, we charge the same for men's haircuts and women's haircuts.
designergirl designergirl 9 years
I like the flat rates. I can imagine that stylists would charge more for really curly hair like I have, and I would consider that an unfair practice. I'm fine with it.
tati33 tati33 9 years
no no no!! i have short hair and am usually in the salon chair for 20 minutes..I shouldn't be paying more than a guy who's in the chair for the same amt of time :RANT:
Random2 Random2 9 years
I actually can't complain too much, I pay less for a haircut that my boyfriend does! But, I just usually get a trim, and some layers put in for the summer so I'm usually done is less than 1/2hr. My usual stylist is really good, and doesn't use a bunch of product in my hair to create a look I can't do myself. But when I'm at school, the girl I go to puts a bunch of products in my hair that I'd never use and really can't afford! Then charges me for 'styling' my hair, meaning she blow dried it- without straightening it!
creepupmytee creepupmytee 9 years
yes of course! women are born to be vain and look good! like a good friend of mine titles her blog aptly, "Vanity, thy name is Woman." :D
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