If you are a woman then you’ll have experienced the “pink tax“. The idea being that women are paying a secret cost for goods or services specifically marketed to them. For some things this makes sense, but for others it doesn’t.
Haircuts are a prime example. A lot of the time a women’s haircut will take longer, and require more work – in these instances the cut costing more is just common sense. In situations where you just want a trim though, there’s no reason I should be paying $20+ more than my father for a dry cut. A general cut for me runs about $50, and for him $25 – and he has a mullet so don’t @me about his being easier because all I get is a block cut.
Finding someone to do a women’s cut for under $40 is near impossible in Wellington. As a result if you don’t want to hemorrhage money then you have to get a little creative to have you hair not be total shit. In turn here are my tips to help not lose all your money.
Make friends with a hairdresser
This is a long-term plan, and the hardest. If you don’t already have an acquaintance who is a hairdresser then you may just want to write off this tip. Otherwise then you are going to want to meet someone who is a hairdresser. Good luck, I can recommend making friends with a friend’s friend if they are a hairdresser.
Once you have your identified friend you’re going to need to work on building a relationship with them; you’re not going to be the only person trying to get a free cut. Try to avoid paying them for a cut at any point until they offer to do it for free, otherwise you’ll send the wrong message. You’re a leech so embrace it. Once your friendship levels up high enough they should offer.
Get a friend or family member to do it
Similar to the step above, but putting a lot more trust in someone who isn’t a professional, get a friend or family member to cut your hair.
The key to this is simple. Ask if anyone you know cuts their own hair, or anyone else’s, and check that you like the work they do. Most people can do a simple block cut, literally just making sure it is the same length around their whole head, but others can do things like layers and bangs. Identify a simple cut, or colour (a lot of women will be the one for this), and let them have at it.
Go to a hairdressing school
A step above a friend or family member, but a step below a hairdresser, students are also a way to move forward. Check out any local hairdressing schools, give them a call, and ask if they do free student cuts. By the time a student is cutting real hair they’ll have had a lot of practice and you should be fine. The only risky element is that you may not get to pick what you end up with, but you can discuss it while making the appointment. Just make sure to check.
Do it yourself
The riskiest but most satisfying option. I cut my own hair because I can, and because I’m cheap. If you’re going to cut your own hair you’ll need the following things – a comb; a hairbrush; haircutting scissors; a straightener; a standing mirror; and a handheld mirror. You may need other items, but I’d recommend cutting your hair while dry and making sure to straighten it beforehand.
From here Youtube is the way to go for practical techniques. Just take a look at the example below, which doesn’t do it how I do it, but will probably be easier for anyone just starting out.