Pricing, no matter if you’re the customer or the stylist, is an uncomfortable topic. Money can be very taboo and when someone drops an unexpected number, whether it may be too high or too low, tensions can rise. It’s a hard thing to navigate. Salon owner and hairstylist Nick Mirabella helps break down how to (hopefully) make this conversation a bit less strenuous, and explains why some of these numbers may not match your pre-appointment predictions.
When you sit down to get your hair done, it feels like you’re paying for that specific service and that’s it, but the thing is, there’s so much more that goes into a salon. Mirabella explains that “certain people don’t understand how expensive it is to purchase color, run a hair salon, take classes, get your license,” etc. A good hair stylist is always improving his/her craft. Along with that, everything from the gloves they wear, the foils they use, the water used to wash out your color, all costs money.
The truth is, hair is a luxury. If something isn’t working for you, adjustments can easily be made. Although, one adjustment to never attempt is asking for a discount. While it may seem like an honest request, it’ll probably offend your stylist more than they let on. Imagine you were an artist, and you worked tirelessly on a painting, and you were so proud of it and the buyer offered you $20 for it. Personally, I would be like…
The same goes for your hair dresser. They work hard to do your hair exactly how you want it, and that’s not an easy feat. So, if they charge $300, chances are they feel like they deserve that much for their services. If something is not in your budget, consider some other options. Going to another stylist in the same salon can be a good alternative. Often there are cheaper stylists in a salon with just as much skill. Less expensive does not mean less good. Often with a stylist you pay in exchange for experience and time. So, a stylist that has limited availability and has been in the business for a decade plus is going to charge more than a stylist more recently out of cosmetology school. Like I said, more expensive does not mean better, necessarily. There is absolutely a difference between getting a cut at Warehouse and getting a cut at Supercuts, but staying within a salon is a safe bet. You may even wind up liking your hair better with the newly recommended stylist.
If you are really opposed to sacrificing your stylist, changing your style may be another thing to consider. Getting a root touch up every 4-6 weeks is much more expensive than getting your hair done a couple times a year. A more lived in look may only require 2-3 visits to the salon a year.
The point is, the respect you give is the respect you get, so make sure you and your stylist are always on the same page. Your hair is in their hands, act wisely.
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