I have a confession to make. I get expensive haircuts. It kills me to admit it, Miss Frugality who refills water bottles, grinds her own wheat, wraps presents from wallpaper sample books, and washes generic Ziplock bags for reuse. But there it is.
For twelve years I paid eight dollars ($5 for husband and sons) for a good haircut from a stylist who loved our family and never raised her rates for us. It was a sad day when she moved away. When money was tight, I bought a razor and learned how to give the guys haircuts. My husband was the first to escape that tyranny; one son still insists I cut his hair.
I’ve done the beauty college ($ 9), the no-appointment, leave with a wet head, walk-in shops ($12), the blue-haired, weekly wash-and-set shop for grandmas ($16), and eventually went to a good stylist who waxed eyebrows for free with her $22 haircut. Then I was given a gift certificate to the most expensive, la-di-dah shop in town. It was The Best Cut I’ve ever had. I went back, on my own volition, naively assuming it wouldn’t be too much more than the $22 range. Soo-prahse, soo-prahse! $35. Prices have increased, and I now pay $42 for a cut and style. Never In My Days, would I have believed that I would pay that much for A Haircut.
My only consolation is that the cut is good for five to six months. And it is still the best cut I’ve ever had for my thick, curly mop.
I live in the country. I know prices can be higher in the city.
How much do you pay for your haircut?