Should men and women be charged the same for haircuts?

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  1. McQueen3486 profile image59
    McQueen3486posted 12 years ago

    Personally, being in the field..I think they should. I remember a case, a while back. A women came into a salon, and was charged $65 for her haircut..the cost of a woman's haircut. However, a man with hair longer than hers was charged only $35 for his cut. The woman actually complained, and sued the salon. And she WON. Even putting this situation aside, it really is only fair to charge the same. You have so many variables to take into consideration. For one thing, lengths of hair. Some women have shorter hair than men. Also, men tend to be more fickle with their hair. Honest perspective. I think the safest way to ensure lack of complaint is to charge the same. Some salons charge different prices. I only work in salons that charge the same. It's really the fairest way to handle that situation.

    1. caleb89 profile image60
      caleb89posted 12 years agoin reply to this

      I think that the price of the hair cut should be determined by the length, style, and effort that it takes to satisfy the customer, regardless of gender.

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    Muldaniaposted 12 years ago

    I think the pricing system goes back to a time when women visited hair dressers, where they had many different treatments, whilst men went to barbers, to have a short back and sides.  Obviously today, charges should relfect that hair dressers cut both men's and women's hair and that many men have longer hair than women.  It is an old and now sexist idea to charge women more than men, even though I don't know any that don't continue the practice.

  3. McQueen3486 profile image59
    McQueen3486posted 12 years ago

    The salon I work at charges the same price. I know a few. Many of my stylists friends that are booth renters..they charge the same.

  4. McQueen3486 profile image59
    McQueen3486posted 12 years ago

    Plus, nowadays, men tend to lean towards trendier looks.

  5. relache profile image73
    relacheposted 12 years ago

    I go to a small independent salon which charges one price for short hair and another for long, regardless of the gender of the customer.

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      kimberlyslyricsposted 12 years agoin reply to this

      nice post girl! thanks from all of us smile

      1. Eaglekiwi profile image73
        Eaglekiwiposted 12 years agoin reply to this

        Im with Relache on this one-most salons charge by hair length,and/or any added services.

        p.s Maybe McQueen, women (if they have short hair) could just ask for the man cut lol for a mans price

  6. McQueen3486 profile image59
    McQueen3486posted 12 years ago

    That is also a great proposal. You don't see many salons adjusting their prices in such a manner.

  7. Cagsil profile image70
    Cagsilposted 12 years ago

    I have never paid more than $14 to have my hair cut. lol lol

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      kimberlyslyricsposted 12 years agoin reply to this

      lol except that one time..................

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      Muldaniaposted 12 years agoin reply to this

      I have never paid more than £5, and rarely go to the hairdressers.

  8. McQueen3486 profile image59
    McQueen3486posted 12 years ago

    I don't get it.

    1. Cagsil profile image70
      Cagsilposted 12 years agoin reply to this

      What don't you get? Independent business owners can charge what they want. There's no discrimination and to limit a business owner in that manner is ridiculous.

      1. McQueen3486 profile image59
        McQueen3486posted 12 years agoin reply to this

        I wasn't referring to you. Thanks for your input. Duly noted, and ignored.

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    Brianna Stuartposted 12 years ago

    I think it should depend on hair length.

  10. vespawoolf profile image91
    vespawoolfposted 12 years ago

    The length of the hair doesn't necessarily make the cut easier or more difficult, so I think the charge should be the same.

  11. SOKCGOLD profile image60
    SOKCGOLDposted 12 years ago

    It seems to me that the price of a cut should depend on what's actually being done. With where I am in my life - and with the ever growing scarcity of my hair - all I want them to do is run the clippers over my head and cut it all the same length. Even when they (unnecessarily) fool around and spend extra time as they are trimming the edges (maybe to justify the price?), they still only have to spend 5 or 10 minutes, tops. Why should I pay the same for that as someone who is going to spend an hour in the chair - man or woman? We just finally broke down and bought our own clippers and my wife and I do it ourselves. I couldn't justify the $15 to $20 dollars - and then they want a tip on top of it! Don't get me wrong - I am generally a BIG tipper, as I know service industry people work hard, but in this case it seems like adding insult to injury. I say: Charge for what's being done, regardless of gender. I'd be happier, and the stylist/barber would happily get a nice tip from me.

  12. brimancandy profile image77
    brimancandyposted 12 years ago

    I have a friend who cuts hair for a living, and he would not agree on charging the same price for men's haircuts as he charges for women's. Mainly because his paying male customers would not want to pay as much as he charges for a woman's cut, and his female customers would wonder if they are getting their money's worth, if they were paying the same price as men.

    But, as others have said, it depends on what is being done with the hair. The lady who sued and won must have had a darn good lawyer, because there are way too many variables in hair cuts for her to think that she is getting jipped. I'm actually surprised a salon allowed her to sue. Just give the bitch her money back and tell her to go somewhere else. That sounds to me like someone who is looking for a lawsuit.

    At any rate my friend has various rates for cutting both mens and womens hair. If a man just wants his hair buzzed he charges $10.00. For a more stylish cut he charges $15.00, if they want color or a beard trim can go up to $20.00, a cut with a perm $25.00. He charges women $15.00 for a haircut. $30 for a cut and perm, or $25.00 for a cut with color which usually includes washing the hair and setting it, coloring and then cut which takes time.

    Men's hair cuts just aren't as involved, and most just want a trim. I have seen guys with little or no hair in a barber shop having the hair around the ears trimmed neat, a neck shave, and done, who still pay $10.00. I actually just bought a whal trimmer, and cut my hair myself.

    I'm curious as to how much these equality hair cuts cost?

    Another thing I want to add. If a salon is going to hire someone to cut hair, do they actually check to see if that person can do it right before they hire them? I have been to some salons where I got the most horrible haircuts I have ever had in my life, and still had to pay for it. I'll never go to Master Cuts again, that's for sure.

    1. Barbara Kay profile image73
      Barbara Kayposted 12 years agoin reply to this

      brimincandy, Wow! I wish your friend lived around here. I would go there and get a perm, color and a cut and would save a fortune. Around here just getting your hair colored cost $50. I do most things myself.

      1. brimancandy profile image77
        brimancandyposted 12 years agoin reply to this

        The reason he can get away with charging less, is because he doesn't work for a salon. He used to work for one, and got tired of them making money off from his work, and not paying him enough, so he built up a client list and started working out of his house. Everything he gets is 90 percent profit. As he gets a lot of his supplies at a huge discount.

  13. Berrydesouza profile image58
    Berrydesouzaposted 12 years ago

    no, it should not be same because women`s hair is so long and they also want style . so, there hair cutting rate should be high

  14. LeanMan profile image80
    LeanManposted 12 years ago

    I pay about 75c for my haircut! Very expensive - my wife can pay as much as $20 to $30 if she wants the full works at a good salon.. I think she should only have to pay the 75c also...

    1. Eaglekiwi profile image73
      Eaglekiwiposted 12 years agoin reply to this

      Yea hubbys gets his free-because I cut it smile

      For myself,I am happy to pay for a good cut, and someone who knows how to cut wavy thick hair..(many don't) and why do some sylists insist on wanting to give me more volume, when I came to get the boofing I call it lol

  15. Barbara Kay profile image73
    Barbara Kayposted 12 years ago

    I had a beautician at one time that charged different prices at different times. I didn't like it, because you never knew what to expect. You felt ripped off when she charged you the high price. She went according to how much hair she cut off.

    My husband goes to a barber and he pays less than I do. The truth is, his hair takes just as much time if not more than mine to cut.

  16. profile image0
    mts1098posted 12 years ago

    I think the prices of haircuts should be driven by what needs to be done versus male vs female

  17. Eaglekiwi profile image73
    Eaglekiwiposted 12 years ago

    I agree with mts above

    This is a similar list of a salon I visit...I shop around though, for example hairl salons in a mall charge more because their lease is higher (usually) But always remember they provide a service and if you dont agree with it ,go elsewhere..wink



    then a list of service options ie:

    Cut only/basic trim

    Cut new style

    Cut with hair treatments




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