Price of haircut?

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Re: Price of haircut?

Post by legio XX » Sun Dec 03, 2017 3:48 am

I don't believe that for once I'm on the high end of a Boglehead thread! OK, New York is expensive, but I could find cheaper haircuts. I did, and I decided they weren't worth it. I pay $140 (!!! not a mistake) plus a tip to the student/assistant who does the shampoo. Same price for everyone who sits in the chair - man/woman, long/short, cut/trim - plus I come in as a private client of the stylist. Walk-ins pay over $200. Hair is a bit longer now as I've extended the time between cuts; I can live with it.

I suppose it depends on what you want. Basic cutting so I don't look like I live on the street is probably not that difficult, but calling someone a master hair-cutter isn't all marketing. Big difference!

Extravagant? Yeh. Like how it looks? Yeh. So, worth it? Yeh.

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Post by HIinvestor » Sun Dec 03, 2017 4:36 am

H and I get haircuts for $20 apiece including tip. Hairdresser comes to our house and does a good job. She will cut our D and S’s hair for same price when they’re interested and available. We get cues every 6-12 weeks and live in suburbs in VHCOL Honolulu.

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Re: Price of haircut?

Post by camaro327 » Sun Dec 03, 2017 7:17 am

Small town. $15 + $20 annual tip, since I go to the same person throughout the year.

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Re: Price of haircut?

Post by bengal22 » Sun Dec 03, 2017 7:52 am

After reading this string of posts, I really need to have a talk with the wife. She charges me $17 plus $5 tip for my monthly haircut. Plus I have to wash my own hair.

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Post by furikake » Sun Dec 03, 2017 5:40 pm

HoosierJim wrote:
Fri Dec 01, 2017 7:25 am
furikake wrote:
Thu Nov 30, 2017 11:59 pm
Free! I cut my own hair. :D
+1 +1 +1+1+1

This becomes easy once you have a lot less hair to cut. About 4 minutes per week. Much better than getting in car, parking, WAITING, and the return time. OR - make an appointment and now they own your schedule. Note: the cost of the haircut is not the issue - TIME is the issue.
So true! Time! And when I told the hair dresser to cut a certain way, she said, "No, shorter is better." "No, I want it this long." "No, shorter, you will see." And without my permission, she gave me a haircut that I didn't want. I'd rather do it my way, at my own time, whenever I want. A friend of mine started asking me to cut her hair too and I did and she liked it. :D

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Re: Price of haircut?

Post by BHUser27 » Sun Dec 03, 2017 5:55 pm

Regular men's cut.
$13 cut + $10 tip.

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Re: Price of haircut?

Post by baconavocado » Sun Dec 03, 2017 6:44 pm

In the town where I live, $33 + $5 tip.

In the town where I work, $20 + $3 tip.

Both are regular haircuts, no wash or dry, same skill/quality.

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Re: Price of haircut?

Post by JuniorBH » Sun Dec 03, 2017 7:21 pm

$15 +$5 tip. It's .5 faded to a 1.5, with a razor on the side burns etc. Local barber. Unfortunately, I'm there twice a month as waiting any longer starts to accentuate my thinning hair.

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Re: Price of haircut?

Post by 3dream3 » Sun Dec 03, 2017 9:30 pm

I used to pay $15 for a haircut with tip years ago before I started cutting my own hair. Back then, I would get my haircut and then get home and "fix" the sides and back with my own clippers. I eventually got better at it and learned how to cut the top myself. Now I cut my hair on my own every two weeks.

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Re: Price of haircut?

Post by knick17 » Sun Dec 03, 2017 10:23 pm

I have learnt how to shave myself do a nice standard fade leaving loner hair at the top, also a little forehawk, buy a decent quality clipper and there it is...

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Re: Price of haircut?

Post by hmw » Sun Dec 03, 2017 10:50 pm

baconavocado wrote:
Sun Dec 03, 2017 6:44 pm
In the town where I live, $33 + $5 tip.

In the town where I work, $20 + $3 tip.

Both are regular haircuts, no wash or dry, same skill/quality.
Wow, you must live in a pretty fancy town. :happy

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Re: Price of haircut?

Post by hmw » Sun Dec 03, 2017 10:51 pm

Just had a hair cut today.

$19 plus $4 tip

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Re: Price of haircut?

Post by ram » Mon Dec 04, 2017 12:12 am

Will do good wrote:
Thu Nov 30, 2017 10:08 pm
Wife does the cutting. Free!
Wife does it. NOT free. She tells me 10 things that i need to do while cutting the hair. :)
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Re: Price of haircut?

Post by baconavocado » Mon Dec 04, 2017 12:16 am

hmw wrote:
Sun Dec 03, 2017 10:50 pm
baconavocado wrote:
Sun Dec 03, 2017 6:44 pm
In the town where I live, $33 + $5 tip.

In the town where I work, $20 + $3 tip.

Both are regular haircuts, no wash or dry, same skill/quality.
Wow, you must live in a pretty fancy town. :happy
It's all relative:
legio XX wrote:
Sun Dec 03, 2017 3:48 am
. . . I pay $140 (!!! not a mistake) plus a tip to the student/assistant who does the shampoo. . . .

Extravagant? Yeh. Like how it looks? Yeh. So, worth it? Yeh.

Vic

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Re: Price of haircut?

Post by Pigeon » Mon Dec 04, 2017 6:58 pm

$14 + $6 tip. MCOL area and I'm female. It's a walk-in, no-frills place that does a great job. The fancier places are about $50 for a cut for a woman.

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Re: Price of haircut?

Post by modal » Mon Dec 04, 2017 7:58 pm

I've been going to the same guy 15-17 and currently paying $22-23 for a hair cut, triple hair wash, and short head massage.

If I'm late for an appointment, I'll give $50 and have given higher tip[s during holidays.

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Re: Price of haircut?

Post by jjbiv » Tue Dec 05, 2017 9:52 pm

$6 plus tip at a barber school

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Re: Price of haircut?

Post by westie » Tue Dec 05, 2017 10:09 pm

wife does mine, I only charge her $10 to run her hands through my imaginary long thick hair.

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Re: Price of haircut?

Post by Caduceus » Tue Dec 05, 2017 10:50 pm

$15. I am jealous of some of the prices people are quoting as I don't particularly care about haircuts.

As long as your hair is neat, other things are more important to whether a guy is attractive (weight, fitness, height, etc.)

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Re: Price of haircut?

Post by stemikger » Wed Dec 06, 2017 6:26 am

legio XX wrote:
Sun Dec 03, 2017 3:48 am
I don't believe that for once I'm on the high end of a Boglehead thread! OK, New York is expensive, but I could find cheaper haircuts. I did, and I decided they weren't worth it. I pay $140 (!!! not a mistake) plus a tip to the student/assistant who does the shampoo. Same price for everyone who sits in the chair - man/woman, long/short, cut/trim - plus I come in as a private client of the stylist. Walk-ins pay over $200. Hair is a bit longer now as I've extended the time between cuts; I can live with it.

I suppose it depends on what you want. Basic cutting so I don't look like I live on the street is probably not that difficult, but calling someone a master hair-cutter isn't all marketing. Big difference!

Extravagant? Yeh. Like how it looks? Yeh. So, worth it? Yeh.

Vic
I disagree. I used to be a hair stylist and my wife still is. 30 years ago I was an apprentice in several of the top hair salons in New York City and worked in New York (upper west side) for several years after that. You can find an amazing hair cutter/stylist for $20. IMHO charging $140 for a man's haircut is criminal and all about the perception and I'm amazed how people fall for it.

When my wife can't cut my hair I go to a local barber for $15 and he is one of the best haircutters out there. I was trained by Vidal Sasson salon back in the day and after a while I left because I couldn't pretend that all the classes and training really mattered and was tired of dealing with rich, privileged people.
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Re: Price of haircut?

Post by Dendritic Tree » Wed Dec 06, 2017 6:57 am

MCOL Southern city. I pay $12 plus $4 tip every 3 months. My wife pays $45 (not sure the tip) at a fancy salon about every 4-6 months.

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Re: Price of haircut?

Post by Mike Scott » Wed Dec 06, 2017 7:20 am

My wife has been doing mine since we were very young and too poor to pay for a cut. She charges in kisses and usually gets double in tips.

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Re: Price of haircut?

Post by cal91 » Wed Dec 06, 2017 1:49 pm

My cost is making dinner and putting the kids to bed. (Wife cuts my hair)

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Re: Price of haircut?

Post by Luckywon » Wed Dec 06, 2017 2:26 pm

heartwood wrote:
Fri Dec 01, 2017 7:53 am

Before they were removed this would be a perfect topic for a survey. Anyone care to summarize results so far?
OP here. Ask and you shall receive. As of this moment summary is:

Men who specified the total paid:
n=73
Average total paid: $21.24 (range $7-$65)
Of those that broke down price and tip, average price: $16.26 Range $5-$50
Of those that broke down price and tip, average tip: $4.63 (28%) Range $0-$17.5
Note: the average total paid is different than sum of average price and tip because 10 responders gave total paid without breakdown of tip.

Men who specified price only but did not indicate amount of tip:
n=15
Average price $23.7 Range $2.5-$140

Men who stated they cut their own hair: 26
Men who got their hair cut by family member: 17


Women who specified both price and tip:
n=5
Average price $52.6 Range $38-$80
Average tip $13.4 (25%) Range $5-$20
Average total: $66.0 Range $50-$100

Women who specified price only but did not indicate amount of tip:
n-1
Average $45. Range N/A

Note: I excluded data from haircuts abroad, price with coupons, and prices that poster stated were historical.

Thanks to all who responded!

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Re: Price of haircut?

Post by mikep » Wed Dec 06, 2017 4:15 pm

$10.99 great clips + $2 tip. Buy the $10.99 card this time of year for a year's worth of haircuts.

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Re: Price of haircut?

Post by knpstr » Wed Dec 06, 2017 4:23 pm

The going rate at the "chain" hair place is $12 before any tip, but now my wife cuts my hair.

One time purchase of $25 for Wahl clippers and scissors.

So all profit after 2 cuts!
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Re: Price of haircut?

Post by bikechuck » Wed Dec 06, 2017 4:26 pm

Will do good wrote:
Thu Nov 30, 2017 10:08 pm
Wife does the cutting. Free!
Are you sure about that? Few things in life are truly free and wives have their ways of seeking adequate compensation.

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Re: Price of haircut?

Post by flamesabers » Wed Dec 06, 2017 4:37 pm

niceguy7376 wrote:
Fri Dec 01, 2017 10:46 am
I have been buying the great clips promotion in December every year. I still have many more $9.99 haircuts on my card as my hair is showing age and i need less visits per year.

I paid for $120 two years back and $60 last year and I get $9.99 haircuts out of them. $2 tip extra every time.

This year great clips is advertising a $1 increase ($10.99 per cut).
I make my appointment online while in my garage and by the time i go there, i will be taken directly to the chair immediately.
I also get my haircuts with Great Clips. I think I have about 4 haircuts left on my $9.99 prepaid card,

I wasn't aware the prepaid card is going up to $10.99 this year.

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Re: Price of haircut?

Post by LK2012 » Wed Dec 06, 2017 5:13 pm

I'm a woman, short hair, get a haircut every 3-4 months, very high cost of living area - $65 plus $10 tip. It feels like a lot, and it's sure to go up after the New Year (like everything else). Plenty of places charge a lot more here, though. I like my stylist, and she adds a lot of texture to my hair. I would go more often if it cost less.

Before I started going to my current stylist, I did get a $24 haircut from a local place that was the best haircut I've had in a long time. But by the time I was ready for my next haircut, the stylist had left. Sigh.

I suspect the individual stylist is more important to women and to men who want something more styled, obviously, than just finding the cheapest option for a uniform cut. But the price difference is pretty stark. I would love to find a stylist I liked for $20!

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Re: Price of haircut?

Post by ubermax » Wed Dec 06, 2017 5:45 pm

Old school barber shop , walk-ins only , $18 plus $5 tip ; I use to give Vinny his senior charge of $15 plus $5 and when he raised it to $18 I continued with the $5 .

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Re: Price of haircut?

Post by AAA » Wed Dec 06, 2017 6:34 pm

$15 + $5 tip at traditional barber shop.

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Re: Price of haircut?

Post by TheHouse7 » Wed Dec 06, 2017 8:58 pm

Will do good wrote:
Thu Nov 30, 2017 10:08 pm
Wife does the cutting. Free!
+1
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Re: Price of haircut?

Post by Yooper16 » Wed Dec 06, 2017 11:14 pm

$8-9 in the beautiful eastern end of the UP of MI. This is whether you go to a barber or stylist clip joint.

May be going up tho, as the old timer who I was told kind of set the official rate by what he charged has recently retired due to health. His shop looked like it come out of the 1940s and 50s. You could tell by the décor, that it was just as it was when he opened. He is/was in his late 80s.

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Re: Price of haircut?

Post by MrMojoRisin » Wed Dec 06, 2017 11:26 pm

I live in Oklahoma City, on the edge of Moore, Ok.

There is an old school barbershop I use that charges $11.00 for a men's haircut. They also trim your eyebrows and that crazy hair that grows in your ears. They also do razor shaves. I have inherited my grandfathers old straight edge razor, they have agreed to shave me with it if I will have it sharpened first. I tip 4-5 bucks. It's a walk in place, about 12 feet wide by 25 feet deep. They also sale eggs from a daughters place for 3 bucks a dozen. The eggs are brown, green and cream color and the yolks are so dark yellow they are more of an orange color. Oh, the eggs still have feathers stuck to them. Rinse under the faucet and make yourself a great omelette.

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Re: Price of haircut?

Post by TravelforFun » Wed Dec 06, 2017 11:37 pm

$12 cut at a franchise haircut shop and $8 tip. My barber loves me.

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Re: Price of haircut?

Post by madbrain » Wed Dec 06, 2017 11:59 pm

$7 + tip at the nearest place down the hill.

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Re: Price of haircut?

Post by mgullo » Thu Dec 07, 2017 12:10 am

Luckywon wrote:
Thu Nov 30, 2017 9:49 pm
Interested in what others on this forum spend.

I'm 51, male, pay $50 plus $15 tip.
:shock:

I pay $20 for a wash and a haircut in Chicago.
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Re: Price of haircut?

Post by harlan247 » Thu Dec 07, 2017 8:04 pm

$12.00 plus $3.00 tip gets me a great haircut in the San Antonio area.

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Re: Price of haircut?

Post by legio XX » Fri Dec 08, 2017 8:50 am

stemikger wrote:
Wed Dec 06, 2017 6:26 am
I disagree. I used to be a hair stylist and my wife still is. 30 years ago I was an apprentice in several of the top hair salons in New York City and worked in New York (upper west side) for several years after that. You can find an amazing hair cutter/stylist for $20. IMHO charging $140 for a man's haircut is criminal and all about the perception and I'm amazed how people fall for it.

When my wife can't cut my hair I go to a local barber for $15 and he is one of the best haircutters out there. I was trained by Vidal Sasson salon back in the day and after a while I left because I couldn't pretend that all the classes and training really mattered and was tired of dealing with rich, privileged people.
Certainly not rich or privileged. If back in the day was early 70s you may have cut my hair then. Went to the Sassoon freebie cuts sessions many a time. Anyhow, I had the same stylist for 25 years, got spoiled rotten no doubt, but no one is immortal. Different friends recommended their own stylists, nice folks, but I really didn't like the results. These were probably good cuts in terms of the cutting skills, but not in terms of how I felt they looked on me. The stylist I see now hits the all-important "I like it!" button.

Vic

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Re: Price of haircut?

Post by midareff » Fri Dec 08, 2017 9:21 am

Started shaving my head in 1998 and started using a Whol on the goatee about then. The Whol still works and it was about $17.95, 19 years ago so a buck a year for it. I get about 20 head shaves to a blade @ 3 a week, so a buck a month more than covers it completely. I think we could call the whole thing at a dozen bucks a year including the depreciation for the Whol.

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Re: Price of haircut?

Post by JimD7 » Sat Dec 09, 2017 2:03 am

Don't have much hair (on the top) and haven't been near a barber in maybe 15 years.

Easy to do yourself if you're not a metrosexual and not too picky. :wink:

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Re: Price of haircut?

Post by stemikger » Sat Dec 09, 2017 7:39 am

legio XX wrote:
Fri Dec 08, 2017 8:50 am
stemikger wrote:
Wed Dec 06, 2017 6:26 am
I disagree. I used to be a hair stylist and my wife still is. 30 years ago I was an apprentice in several of the top hair salons in New York City and worked in New York (upper west side) for several years after that. You can find an amazing hair cutter/stylist for $20. IMHO charging $140 for a man's haircut is criminal and all about the perception and I'm amazed how people fall for it.

When my wife can't cut my hair I go to a local barber for $15 and he is one of the best haircutters out there. I was trained by Vidal Sasson salon back in the day and after a while I left because I couldn't pretend that all the classes and training really mattered and was tired of dealing with rich, privileged people.
Certainly not rich or privileged. If back in the day was early 70s you may have cut my hair then. Went to the Sassoon freebie cuts sessions many a time. Anyhow, I had the same stylist for 25 years, got spoiled rotten no doubt, but no one is immortal. Different friends recommended their own stylists, nice folks, but I really didn't like the results. These were probably good cuts in terms of the cutting skills, but not in terms of how I felt they looked on me. The stylist I see now hits the all-important "I like it!" button.

Vic
Hey Vic,

I totally get it. I have a friend at work in a similiar situation. He travels far for a haircut because he had too many bad haircuts in his lifetime and has been with this same stylist for 20 years. He is now afraid to go to anyone else. I'm lucky my wife is an amazing hairdresser and if she is too busy or I want to give her a break, the barber down the street does a decent job for $15. Even though I worked in that world briefly I still can't believe someone has the nerve to charge that much for a man's haircut. Thanks for the response.

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Re: Price of haircut?

Post by Will do good » Sat Dec 09, 2017 6:15 pm

bikechuck wrote:
Wed Dec 06, 2017 4:26 pm
Will do good wrote:
Thu Nov 30, 2017 10:08 pm
Wife does the cutting. Free!
Are you sure about that? Few things in life are truly free and wives have their ways of seeking adequate compensation.
I'm lucky, my wife doesn't really like to spend much. She has a iPhone 6 and I offer to replace it with X and she say no thanks.

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Re: Price of haircut?

Post by 2Birds1Stone » Sat Dec 09, 2017 6:31 pm

Male here, $16 + $4 tip, once every 4-5 weeks.

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Re: Price of haircut?

Post by Toolymon » Sat Dec 09, 2017 6:39 pm

I cut my own hair every Saturday morning.

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