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or do you think this is what is known as a "f*** off quote" ?

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pookamoo Mon 01-Aug-11 13:30:02

Well not so much a quote but you'll see what I mean...

DD is 2.7 and so far we've not had her hair cut. It could do with a tidy up, and I thought "ok, let's take her in"

I haven't had my own hair cut for more than a year now, but we were in town today and so we popped in to the place where DH goes. Unisex salon, not particularly expensive, he pays about £9 for his short back and sides.

DD has very fine baby hair, and could do with having the ends cut off to make it a bit tidier, more like a bob than a straggle! I'm not quite brave enough to do it myself, and I have doubts she would sit still for me. She has been there with DH when he has his cut, and sits quietly in her pushchair watching what happens. I explained it would be a bit like when she had her face painted at a fete a couple of weeks ago, and she agreed that sounded ok. She sat beautifully for the lady that time, so I know she can do it.

Anyway, the salon was empty, and the staff were drinking tea. I spoke to a man who I understand to be the owner. How much do you think he told me it would be?


£17.50 shock

I was a bit embarrassed, and even asked him if he was serious, but apparently they don't have a "separate pricing structure for children" which I can understand for a school age child who actually has hair that needs a style, but whoa...

He just didn't want to do it, did he?

Incidentally, I asked in the other hairdressers in town, and he said he is a men's barber and wouldn't do it. A bit confused when I know my friend takes her long haired 3 year old son there, but still.

So poor DD said sadly to me as we walked back to the car "I'm a bit too little Mummy - I will have to grow a bit and then they will cut my hair" Now trying to summon up the courage to do it myself!

Was the salon being unreasonable (he could have just said sorry we don't cut small children's hair) or was I being naive?

Dawnybabe Mon 01-Aug-11 13:34:25

He was being very unreasonable. How bloody difficult would it have been for him to give her hair a snip, he's the hairdresser ffs! He's used to it, and it is a bit scary cutting your own kids hair as they don't want to sit still, whereas (I find) they're perfect little angels for anyone else that does it.

Unless he had a sign up saying 'no kids' yours was a perfectly reasonable request. Find yourself a nicer hairdresser, one who isn't afraid of children.

loubielou31 Mon 01-Aug-11 13:35:00

I've always paid about a fiver when they're tiny, dd2 18mnths. (actually the first few were free just the hairdresser snipped the whispy ends after she'd done mine) DD1 3yrs is £8. £17.50 shock!!!

ProcrastinatorGeneral Mon 01-Aug-11 13:35:17

Local hairdressers are usually better for kids. Most of the bigger/more posh salons I know charge adult prices for kids.

Ask friend's with kids to recommend somewhere local. My kids get cuts at my hairdresser's salon, she charges me £3 each as they're not complicated.

pookamoo Mon 01-Aug-11 13:40:09

This is a local place though! We'll have to go to the next town and find somewhere else I think!

Socy Mon 01-Aug-11 13:44:37

YANBU. I always found getting someone to come to us was easiest, but you would need to have yours done too to make it worthwhile. Look for cards in the newsagents window, or ask around.

RevoltingPeasant Mon 01-Aug-11 13:47:56

OP where are you, ish? Maybe someone here could recommend a place?

beanlet Mon 01-Aug-11 13:56:03

Tony and Guy cut DS hair for free! Beautifully too, I have to say. Might be because he's only just 1 (and has already needed four haircuts shock).

biddysmama Mon 01-Aug-11 14:02:30

my dds had her hair cut twice, shes 28 months, she has very curly hair that gets scraggy when its a bit long. i pay £4.50 for it

KurriKurri Mon 01-Aug-11 14:05:08

Is there anyone advertising locally who would come round to your house? They are usually more accomodating because they are essentially freelance.

£17.50 to trim a little girls hair? shock - daylight robbery

notso Mon 01-Aug-11 14:06:49

When DD was a bridesmaid (she was 8), she wanted to have her hair half up and curly.
I asked in one salon if it was possible as DD's hair is poker straight and really fine, stylist said yes would be fine if her hair was unwashed and quoted me £43!!

GreenTeapot Mon 01-Aug-11 14:08:37

I get a mobile hairdresser to come round - mine costs £15 and she does DS for free grin

EauRouge Mon 01-Aug-11 14:09:02

Bloody hell! FWIW, I cut 2.9yo DD1's hair myself and it's easier than I thought. I sit behind her in the bath and distract her with a bath toy and then trim it the same length all the way around. It takes about a minute, tops, which is good because that's about how long DD1 will sit still for grin

milkshakejake Mon 01-Aug-11 14:09:11

DON'T go back there - rip-off merchant. The most I have ever paid is £8.50, and I was shock at that. I pay about a fiver now, but I leave a long time between cuts to get my money's worth grin.

If you want to do it yourself, do it when they are playing in the bath and just take a tiny bit off at first and see how that dries. You can always do a bit more next bath-time!

IreneHeron Mon 01-Aug-11 14:10:48

I cut ds's hair but the salon near our old house was a special one just for children and they charged £15. They justified it by saying children were more difficult and uncooperative. It's a bit steep, but then again it is half the price that I have to pay for my hair.

biddysmama Mon 01-Aug-11 14:13:48

notso, that sounds like what i had for my wedding, i got a student to do it, he charged £50 tocut and do mine, 2 bridesmaids and my mums hair and a trial a few days before!

whoneedssleepanyway Mon 01-Aug-11 14:14:30

Is that because she was a girl, how does your DH manage to only pay £9?

That is shocking.

The last time I got DD2's hair cut it was free, I got DH to bring her in while I was having mine done and she sat on my lap and let one of the girls trim her fringe. When I have paid the most I have paid is £10. I paid £10 for DD1 and that included full wash and blow dry too.

They were trying it on with you OP.

My friend cut DD1's hair one time and did a really good job, we bought hairdressing scissors from boots and it was pretty easy.

allhailtheaubergine Mon 01-Aug-11 14:15:45

When dd was little my hairdresser used to do her hair for £4.50 and fringe trims for free in between.

27tilly Mon 01-Aug-11 14:15:56

Bloody hell, My DD is 8 and has long thick hair, I pay £9 for a trim and she has layers

AnotherJaffaCake Mon 01-Aug-11 14:18:57

shock at some of the prices on here. We go to a hairdressers in a village a few miles from where we live, where they do my hair, DD's and DS's hair and charge me £15 in total - dry cuts for all of us. The last time we went they were embarrassed at their price increase (from £12 to £15) and asked if that was ok. I should say so - bargain grin. They do a good job and I always leave them a good tip.

ihatecbeebies Mon 01-Aug-11 14:36:21

That was a huge post for what you asked wink . The price is unreasonable, usually places I've been to for children under 6 it is a pound for every year of their age.

Insomnia11 Mon 01-Aug-11 14:41:59

YANBU, I don't think they wanted to do it either. £5 would be reasonable. With their attitude they'll be out of business soon.

pookamoo Mon 01-Aug-11 14:42:54

hmm, yes it was quite long, wasn't it ihatecbeebies?
I didn't want to be accused of revelations by stealth!

I thought he'd say "oh we're not busy, I'll do it now for a couple of quid". I did actually think he was joking at £17.50 which I assume is a ladies' dry cut standard price.

I will have to ask around my friends and see where they take their toddlers, they must go out of town or might be able to recommend someone.

cupnoodle Mon 01-Aug-11 14:49:16

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EightiesChick Mon 01-Aug-11 14:51:30

I'd get your DH to go somewhere else next time too. Sounds like his haircut is one that could be done anywhere grin and maybe even cheaper!

I would try to find a salon or mobile hairdresser that will do your DD (for a reasonable price) given that she said the thing about 'having to grow'. sad Ask around about where other people you know take their kids.

Also, I'd tell everyone you know the 17.50 story - don't think that salon deserves custom.

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