Hairdresser prices are dropping but scissors are getting cheaper
Hairdressers across the country are seeing their prices fall amid the resurgence in the popularity of scissors and cutting machines.
“We are seeing an uptick in people who are getting into cutting machines, but that doesn’t mean that the prices are going down,” said Matt Wiegmann, a hairstylist at the H&M salon in New York City.
“They are going up.”
In a survey conducted last year by the Hairdress & Makeup Salon Association, more than 1,000 people in 50 states and the District of Columbia answered questions about their haircuts.
Hairdressing is a relatively new industry and many people who go to a salon have no experience with it.
The association said the industry has grown from just a handful of salons in the 1970s to more than 150,000 salons today.
But many people aren’t using the cutting machines that have been widely available in recent years.
Some people cut their hair for work or school, and others, such as women, are buying the machines to make ends meet.
“The trend in cutting machine use is changing, and so are the prices,” said Michael Wachter, the association’s president.
Hairdressers are also seeing a drop in the number of customers they can keep on staff, Wiegman said.
That means more people are cutting hair for their own use.
“It’s not just people who want to get their hair done, but people who use their hair to make their own accessories,” he said.
“People are getting more and more creative with their style and haircuts.”
Wiegmann said some people don’t like the fact that a salon that sells hairpieces and a hairstyle that people buy online can cost $40 to $100.
“That’s what’s going on here,” he added.
“It’s a big concern,” Wiegam said.
Wiegmeier said his clients are mostly in their early 20s and are usually not looking to pay a premium.
“Most people are not spending hundreds of dollars,” he noted.
But Wiegom said he is seeing a resurgence in people seeking out haircuts because of the popularity and affordability of scissors.
Wiedmann said his salon has had a lot of interest from people who can’t afford to buy a new haircut, which he said is a sign that people are seeking a cut they can’t find at a salon.
“I’m seeing a lot more people using scissors, so that makes sense, and then also people are going to be using the same machines,” he explained.
“We are going from having 15 people a day to having 60 or 70 people a time.”
Some people who work in the industry are also making their own haircuts with scissors.
“There’s definitely a new generation of people who have had a chance to experience what it’s like to do their own hair and they’re using it,” Wiedom said.
He added that there’s still a lot to be done to help make hair cuts safer.
Wiegmann said he would like to see more safety measures put in place to prevent the spread of the bacteria that causes hair loss and to make sure the salon staff is trained on the proper use of the cutting machine.