The price of women’s haircuts has been making the news recently. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, the freshman congresswoman from New York, paid $250 for a haircut at a Washington, D.C. salon. Many were quick to cry foul that the U.S. representative who supports tax increases on the rich would pay so much for a new hairdo. Still, others came to her defense, arguing that amount of money was not unheard of for a haircut at a salon, especially for someone who is frequently in the public eye. Others brought up that a man would likely not be criticized for the price of his haircut, and that if AOC hadn’t spent the money to make her hair look nice, she’d likely be criticized for her appearance, anyway.
Comparing haircut prices across the country, I found that city-dwellers are more likely to pay more money at a salon than people in rural areas. According to a study conducted by Square in 2016, the national average price of a woman’s haircut was $45. The most expensive city for haircuts, was, in fact, Washington D.C., where the average price of a woman’s haircut was $78. This shows just how big the discrepancy is between rural and urban haircuts.
Men pay less than women for a haircut. Their average price is $34, and their Washington, D.C. price was $60. So, women always pay more for a haircut than men do. Women are also more likely to dye their hair, which is an additional cost. Along with tip, which is generally 20%, women can easily pay more than $200 on one trip to the salon.
In Texas, a woman’s haircut is closer to the national average, but women in large cities such as Dallas or Houston will undoubtedly pay more. When you factor in the amenities and atmosphere that many high-end salons provide, the prices are really not outrageous. This salon in Houston, for example, offers complimentary wine and champagne to their clients, owns their own makeup line, and does hair and makeup for weddings and other special events. Many people are happy to pay a little more for a haircut and color that they know they’ll be satisfied with. Sipping on champagne while your hair dries doesn’t sound too bad, either.
It seems unfair to criticize women for going to the salon when they are more heavily criticized for their appearances. Most women will pay more money for personal beauty and hygiene products and services than men will. Women who are in the public eye, such as AOC, should be judged on their policies and effectiveness, not for paying for a haircut that is reasonably priced within the most expensive city for haircuts. A little understanding goes a long way. Maybe a day at the salon would help her critics loosen up a little.
Mornings are rarely picture perfect. They can go from bad to worse when you realize you’re running late for work. Unlike most men, us women can’t just throw on some jeans and run our hand through our hair. We need to get an outfit together, apply some makeup, and do our hair. On a bad hair day, running a comb won’t get the tangles and frizz to go away. If you’re running late, you might not have more than five minutes to mess with your hair. Thankfully, there are plenty of quick and easy hairstyles to get you out the door in time. I read about them on the website for Therapy Hair Studio. Therapy is a premier hair salon located in Houston, Texas. They create great salon experiences for all different hair types on a daily basis.
The first hairstyle that works in a jiffy is the messy bun. It’s fast, simple, and you can wear it up or down. For some, you may have tried the messy bun in the past without success. I’m going to run through the process so that you can put your hair up next time you need to. Start by collecting hair into a high ponytail. The messy bun works better the longer your hair is. Twist the ponytail from the root to the tip. As you’re twisting the hairs, they should start to kink. Wrap your hair in the direction that your hair kinks until all your hair is in a tight bun. Use a hair tie or bobby pins to secure the bun and you’re ready for a productive day.
The next hairstyle for gals in a hurry is the ponytail. Ponytails can look fun, flirty, and cute even if they’re thrown together at the last minute. A teasing brush is great for those hairs close to the roots. Gather the hair into a high ponytail and then secure with a hair tie. If you want to give it that messy look, try pulling out some hairs. You can also leave all the hairs secure and add product for a slicked back style. There are several different options for creating a ponytail. Practice and find out which method looks best for you.
The last quick and easy hairstyle I want to talk about is the braid. There are a lot of different braid options that keep your hair controlled and cute without much effort. You can opt for a fishtail braid, a french braid, or a standard braid. It’s hard to describe how each braid works accurately, so we recommend watching some YouTube tutorials on how each braid works. Learn how to braid on a lazy afternoon and you’ll be able to get your hair ready in well under five minutes when you’re in a hurry.
These are three great hairstyles for when you’re running late. If you’re looking to get your hair done right, visit a salon for lots of different hair treatment options. Therapy Hair Studio can do tons of different treatments to give you the hair of your dreams. Their services include hair extensions, Brazilian blowouts, and coloring.