Photos Courtesy of ShutterstockWhile women have no problem shelling out top dollar for haircuts at luxury salons, some men are content with an average cut from the local place around the corner. It’s convenient and you have to go every eight weeks, so it doesn’t really matter where you go, does it? For men to keep the shape, length and texture of their cut, frequent trips to the hairdressers are needed. So to keep from looking like you stopped at a Supercuts, it’s always better to spend a little more for a barber that knows what they’re doing, in an establishment that’s inviting, comfortable and relaxing.
First of all the environment of any inexpensive place is loud and frankly, quite uncomfortable. Forced chit-chat about your cosmetologist’s latest relationship may not be the sparking conversation you were looking for (and as a woman, even I would rather sit in awkward silence). There’s no beverage offered, no talk about what you’re looking for, and we’ll just say the décor is less than aesthetically pleasing—if not lacking in its entirety. Unfortunately with a salon’s environment you are getting directly what you pay for, and I don’t know many men that want to sit in a room of '80s hair posters while woman gab about what a hot Batman Ben Affleck will make.
While inexpensive and quick can be great for college students who have hours of classes, part-time jobs and "studying" to get to, you’re not in a frat and haven’t been for many years—it’s time to leave that rock-n-roll life behind and spend some time on your hair. More expensive salons will employ hairdressers that can cut more current styles and on a variation of hair types. Curly, thin and texturized hair may need to be styled and trimmed differently, which not all cosmetologist or barbers can do. Well known luxury salons are going to spend more money on educating their stylists and sending them to classes on trends, technique and textures, which in the end means a better cut for you.
And sure, there’s still the argument that it’s going to be a six to eight week turnaround and there’s not really a need for the trendiest Brad Pitt cut you can get. On the flip side of that, it’s six to eight weeks of a potentially bad style. Power suits can only go so far if your hair looks like a Beiber mop. Most cosmetologists are not fully trained on men’s cuts, that learning comes later through education at the salon. And while a misstep or jagged angle may be easy to hide in the tousled layers of a lady's tresses, it’s clear as day on men’s cropped cuts. Try hiding that for two months.