What are you paying for at the salon?

This week while researching a story about a salon in Wrightsville that switched its payment system to “pay what you can afford,” I posted a question on Facebook on what people are willing to pay for beauty care.

The responses were extremely varied. Some people pay $10 or $20 for a cut, others spend over $100.

Here are some of the comments:

Amy Keen: “I’ve paid up to $150-200 for a full head of highlights. I’m very picky about color and highlights so it usually takes 3 hours or more on my hair. cut anywhere up to $75 depending on what I’m getting done and that includes wash, cut, blow dry.”

Elke Royal: “I live in NC. I have my roots touched up every 8 weeks or so. She will do that, than wash my hair, trim it or cut it depending on how much I want off, and then style it, all for $35. I’ve been going to this lady for over 3 years, and she is great. She is booked far in advance.”

Corinna Fetrow: “I just paid $47.00 for a haircut for my son, a cut a color and highlights for me.. My stylist has a shop in her home.. I love her..”

Theresa Young: “I think the cost for a haircut is crazy today. I do my own hair and my mom’s hair too.”

Rhonda Orwick: “I payed $ 12.00″

Gloria Moul Irvin: “Wow, am I being overchatged or what? A cut with highlights costs me about $145.00!”

As you can see, the prices vary. But most people are very committed to the person who cuts their hair, as long as they do a good job.

Frank Shortino owns Shortino’s Salon and Spa in Springettsbury Township. He stressed that the relationship a client has with the person who cuts their hair plays into the price.

“The range (in price) is all over the place and quality is up to the individual client,” Shortino said.

His employees continue their education throughout the year to stay abreast of the latest styles and trends, he said.

“The trendiest styles might not be popular in York, but we still need to know about them,” he said.

Jackie Donagher is a stylist at Salon Oxygen. On Facebook, she commented, “It’s true, you do get what you pay for. I feel like the prices that we charge at Salon Oxygen are very reasonable considering almost all of our stylists have more than 10 years of experience… And I feel like people need to keep in mind what we spend as hairstylists each year on continuing education, tools, supplies, and high quality color and hair products that we use. It is definitely not cheap.”

What do you pay for a haircut? Or coloring? Or styling?

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