There’s nothing quite like a new haircut.
It leaves you feeling fresh, sexy, and ready to take on the world.
For decades, however, men and women have been paying a different price for that same feeling – and one Halifax salon is trying to change that for good.
Stylists at Kara’s Urban Day Spa are introducing new gender-neutral pricing for their haircuts based purely on the length of the hair in question – a $25 standard price for ‘short’ hair cuts, and $35 for ‘long’ hair.
The pricing will increase somewhat if the hair is particularly long or more complex styling is desired, but those considerations will also remain strictly gender neutral.
“If I’m doing a pixie haircut on a woman or a short haircut on a man, it takes me the same amount of time to do it,” said Kevyn Martell, the Artistic Director for the salon.
It does make a lot of sense. The trend of charging men less for haircuts can be traced back to the 60s and 70s, when unisex hair salons wanted to compete with barber shops and bring in male clientele.
We’re also seeing plenty of men wearing their hair long these days, so it’s an equally sound business decision.
Kara’s is one of only a few Canadian salons currently using gender-neutral pricing, but they hope to set a trend that others will follow.
“Most people think that fairness is a great thing,” Martell told CBC News.
The Salon has received a very positive reaction on their Facebook page since introducing the policy. Fairness seems like it’s always a good thing, and we’re definitely supportive of this pay-by-length policy sprouting up elsewhere.
And, guys, if it seems like your haircut costs a bit more now, just remember: that’s what your girlfriend’s been paying for years.