I was in Melbourne recently and desperate for a haircut. Driven to make myself look as respectable as I could for my return to work the following Monday, I succumbed to the need and marched myself down a local salon.
This was not my local salon, but my boyfriend’s. He has been going there for years and so, reassured by his tried-and-tested measure, I decided this was a case of “what’s the worst that could really happen?”
It was actually a pretty good haircut and I was chuffed with my new look. My pixie crop somehow looked spunkier than usual. Let me tell you, that when there’s less than an inch of hair to work with any deviation from the norm is pretty impressive.
But it wasn’t until I went to pay that my new do became my undoing. “That’s $80 for today,” the salon assistant gestured. My jaw dropped.
My confusion lay in the fact that my boyfriend only ever pays $40 for a trim.
I fully anticipated having to pay more than my partner does for his monthly trim — despite the fact that his hair is slightly longer than mine. But having to pay double his $40 fee? That is just plain laughable.
See what I mean…
Since that visit I've made it my mission in life to find out exactly why women pay so much more than men when visiting the hair dresser. And it wasn't long before I had my answer: CLIPPERS.
The hairdresser I spoke to, who will be referred to as James (I can't reveal his real name, of course), said that women pay more than men not because their hair is longer/shorter/thicker/heavier but often as a result of whether or not a salon uses clippers.