Women are used to paying exorbitant amounts to have their hair cut; it's just one of the many expensive things about living female. We also pay more for pink razors and feel more pressure to splash cash on products to keep our bathroom cabinets stocked. Compared to most of our boyfriends, fathers, brothers, uncles and male friends, our beauty budget is extravagant (blame the patriarchy).
So, we were delighted to hear that one salon in London is doing their bit to eliminate the gender price gap for beauty maintenance. in Hackney has just announced that they'll be charging women and men the same amount for a standard haircut.
Business partners Susannah Richardson and Katie Knox made the decision to change their pricing structure, presumably when they thought about it and realised we shouldn't be paying more just for someone to run a pair of scissors across the ends of our hair, no matter how lovely they make it look or how well trained they are. At the end of the day, a straight-up haircut for men and for women probably should cost the same, shouldn't it? They also realised that, as women in business, they could do something to change the industry for the better.
“Historically, there has been a price gap between men and women and we’ve had that since we opened because it’s such a tradition,” Susannah told “We’ve always tried to compete against barber shops – and as a small company we were concerned we’d scare men away – but we realised we were basing prices purely on gender, and that’s against our principles.”
Starting next week, Butchers will charge a flat fee for all haircuts. They're raising the price of a lad's haircut by £10 to match the price women currently pay, which is £55.
BRAVO! Over to you, everyone else in the hairdressing industry.