Each of us has our own level of interest in our hairstyle. For some of us, our hairstyle is a big deal in our lives. For others, it’s mostly important to look good but not something we think about that much. Some people just don’t care at all.
Personally, I’m in that middle category when it comes to my hair. I want to look professional at work, and keep a low-maintenance hairstyle. It can’t be a bad haircut, but as long as it meets a certain standard, I’m cool with it. Therefore, it’s not high on my list as far as things that require a large expenditure.
Bottom line: In terms of how much to pay for a haircut, I’m not looking to spend big bucks
A friend of mine (great guy), however, has always seemed to care about haircuts….just a little too much for me to comprehend, actually. He was recently telling me a story about a place where he and his wife both go, where the person cutting their hair has had a few higher profile clients. One of those was a past professional basketball player. This is likely the reason he brought up the whole topic, just since we are both big sports fans and have been for years.
Anyway, I remembered this conversation for 3 reasons:
- The sports connection stuck in my mind
- I found it interesting that he goes to the same place as his wife for his hair.
- The high profile nature of that place’s clients must mean that it was expensive.
Recently, after getting my own haircut for $15 – including tip – I recalled the story my friend told me. I decided to send him a random text with just the following question:
“How much do you pay for a haircut?”
He responded back by telling me that he spends “only” $50 on a haircut, and that he cut back.
I responded by instead asking “Why so much?”
He responded by telling me that he and his wife go there because it’s great quality at a reasonable cost. Plus, he says $50 is worth it as it helps him look his best at work, and it’s worth it for that alone. He’s gunning for the highest levels. Fair enough, but $50?
He’s a longtime friend, so I told him that I spend $15 a month, which therefore means that I’m spending $35 less per month less than he is. Annualized, that’s $420 less. Actually, it would have been more, as he later said that his figure was not including tip – while mine was.
His response to me: “Haircuts are like anything else, you generally get what you pay for.”
I smiled, as I picked up on his defensiveness and his thinly veiled shot at me. It was all in fun, by the way.
Aside from the fact that 2 grown, married men were texting about haircut costs (please ignore that for the moment!), does something strike you as unusual here? To me, it was that he spent $50 on a haircut. I don’t think it’s worth it for most guys to do that.
Now, I do understand that we all have our quirks, and our own sense of priorities. A great haircut may be more important to some people than others. That said, I don’t think the difference in quality between a $50 cut and a $15 cut is that great. Why do I say that? Because when I was younger, I regularly paid $35 to $40 for a haircut. I wouldn’t go anywhere else at the time. Once I tried a lower cost place, I discovered that you can get a cut that’s not easily discernable from one that’s more expensive – as long as you kept a simple, straightforward hairstyle to begin with. As a fan of frugal living, it seemed like a good deal to me.
Plus, as a typical guy who’s no longer a kid anymore, I just don’t care that much anyway. As long as it’s normal, and they aren’t shaving bald spots in my head or giving me a mohawk, I’m cool with it
Now, I realize that things might be a lot different for the ladies. I can’t speak to that with a lot of experience, obviously, so I won’t go there:) But for guys of normal means, it seems like $50 is a lot.
What do you think?
- If you’re a guy, how much do you spend on a haircut?
- If you’re a gal, how much does your guy spend on a haircut? Am I being too cheap frugal here, or do you think it’s worth it for a guy to fork over that much more for a haircut?
One more thing: Ladies, please feel free to add what you pay to get your hair done…if you’re open to sharing. Might make for interesting comparisons.