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Haircut - non-gender biased pricing

Hello, I am looking for a hair salon that charges uni-sex (if I can say that) prices based on HAIR not gender. So, equitable prices based on the length of hair/type of hair/desired style/particular service desired (perm, setting, cut and dry) I live in Fribourg - seems to be all gender biased. Bern? Neuchatel? anywhere else?
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Re: Haircut - non-gender biased pricing

The only place I know of offering what you are asking is in Lörrach, Germany. It is a first come, first serve, cash only place.

For men and women the prices were quite similar, somewhere in the range of 15 - 30 euros. Low end price just the cut, higher end including hair wash and dried. The kids' haircut was 10 euro, double if you washed and hair-dried.

If you have a forgiving sort of hair (curly) and hairstyle, you can cut it yourself, like some of us do. Obviously, fashion is not high on my list.
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Hello, I am looking for a hair salon that charges uni-sex (if I can say that) prices based on HAIR not gender. So, equitable prices based on the length of hair/type of hair/desired style/particular service desired (perm, setting, cut and dry) I live in Fribourg - seems to be all gender biased. Bern? Neuchatel? anywhere else?
I am sure you can find a barber who will cut your hair for the same price.
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Re: Haircut - non-gender biased pricing

I'm pretty sure a 9mm cut is the same price for everybody.
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Re: Haircut - non-gender biased pricing

I know of Cut & Color, which charges by length. They have 13 stores, but unfortunately none too close to Fribourg :-/
http://www.cutandcolor.ch/pages/stores.php
http://www.cutandcolor.ch/pages/prices.php
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Re: Haircut - non-gender biased pricing

Lörrach, Cut and Color sound like doable options - don`t mind a little trip. Will check out a barber too, heck why not! Thanks
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Re: Haircut - non-gender biased pricing

I've never noticed getting a lower price than if I were female, whether it be in recent years worth long hair (about once every five years, to be fair) or back in the 80s when I worked in the West end (of London) and went much more regularly.

Maybe you're just wanting somewhere cheap and cheerful, in which case I'm sure most "men's" barbers would be glad to oblige.
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I've never noticed getting a lower price than if I were female, whether it be in recent years worth long hair (about once every five years, to be fair) or back in the 80s when I worked in the West end (of London) and went much more regularly.

Maybe you're just wanting somewhere cheap and cheerful, in which case I'm sure most "men's" barbers would be glad to oblige.
Last time I went to a hairdresser in Basel was 8 years ago. I asked to have my layers reshaped. He washed my hair, cut a bit here and there, dried it and it cost me 125 chf.

Never again.

I learned to do it myself and better. At least if I screw it up, it will be my own fault and not someone I had to sell a kidney to.
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Re: Haircut - non-gender biased pricing

I DIY as well. Looks awesome, exactly the way I want it and costs 0.-
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Re: Haircut - non-gender biased pricing

Most cities seem to have a hairdressing school, I'm not sure whether they charge by gender as it's a while since I've been to the one in Geneva, but their tariffs are way cheaper than a normal hairdressers. About twenty francs for a straightforward wash and cut.
Might be worth a go?
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Re: Haircut - non-gender biased pricing

Must say, I've never come across this one pricing for all, be it in the UK or here. I have very short hair, and OH is folicly challlenged but needs eyebrows, ears and nose trimming lol. He pays 18CHF and I pay 48 CHF!

btw, my hairdresser here is Lithuanian, in case her linguistic skills could be needed for someone here- she is very good- tends to cut with comb and razor rather than scissors- depending.
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Must say, I've never come across this one pricing for all, be it in the UK or here. I have very short hair, and OH is folicly challlenged but needs eyebrows, ears and nose trimming lol. He pays 18CHF and I pay 48 CHF!

btw, my hairdresser here is Lithuanian, in case her linguistic skills could be needed for someone here- she is very good- tends to cut with comb and razor rather than scissors- depending.
There was trend towards uni-sex hairdressers in the UK back in the late sixties-early seventies, and were often old-style barber shops that had lost their traditional customer base but realised there was an untapped market of women who wanted short haircuts out there.

They tended to charge more than they'd previously asked for a razor cut, but were definitely a lot cheaper than the 'blue-rinse and perm' traditional ladies hairdressers.
Never seen one outside the UK though.

Being charged four or five times more for what's basically the same service just because you're female seems the norm here, one reason why I let the trainees lose on my hair when it needs trimming.... after fifty years of cutting my waist length hair myself I think I can just about afford twenty francs every six weeks or so now it's short!
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Must say, I've never come across this one pricing for all, be it in the UK or here. I have very short hair, and OH is folicly challlenged but needs eyebrows, ears and nose trimming lol. He pays 18CHF and I pay 48 CHF!

btw, my hairdresser here is Lithuanian, in case her linguistic skills could be needed for someone here- she is very good- tends to cut with comb and razor rather than scissors- depending.
There has always been a price difference between men and women for a haircut wherever we have lived and women always pay more.
I have seen women having their hair cut at the barber's in Neuchatel at the top of rue du Seyon but I have no idea about the price and if they charge more for women. They do have a very cool racing car seat for kids though.

I hate the comb and razor cut so I only go to hairdresser's who use the traditional scissor method to cut my hair.
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Re: Haircut - non-gender biased pricing

Very good initiative. The origine of the matter is pure economics, not sexism, but the result of it is sexist. It's supply&demand. Prices are to some extent as high as consumers are ready to pay. As long as women are ready to pay more, they will have to. So refusing is a good start. Fundamentally for purely economical reasons but with the sexist result we know.
Power of consumer will bring the matter further. Nothing else.
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Re: Haircut - non-gender biased pricing

Saying no is all very nice- but DIY is a total no for me- and it is just as expensive in France across the border.

Comb and razor is great with very short hair like mine- she is very good with scissors too, and always ask if I mind.
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Re: Haircut - non-gender biased pricing

I can`t remember the last time I went to a salon that did not charge, what I`m calling - uni-sex prices: Canada, Munich (German), Oman.


I have a really bee in my bonnet about it - so am indeed trimming my own hair in the meantime, will look into a barber, and otherwise wait till I can get to Germany - don't mind what I pay (within reason) as long as it's for the service being offered (not to whom the service is being offered)...and of course there are the upcoming letters to my ombudsman (or whoever..
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