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Hairdressers apparently charge by the hour. I am outraged. AIBU?

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PortHills Wed 20-Feb-13 16:42:39

Staying at my mother's. DD aged 2 needed a haircut. Dropped into one in the High Street, they said they could fit her in, and that it would depend how long it took but £10 or more. Fine, I thought. Probably £15 max. Oh no, £23. Apparently it took 30 minutes. I assume they took off the time that she spent washing off someone else's colour while we waited....!

Feel totally conned. At home, they charge by age - i.e., 2 years = £2, or the barber shop charges about £8.

I am gutted. I hate spending money unnecessarily and never imagined it would be £23. I am also really cross with them.

AIBU? I know they didn't give me an exact quote, but £23 is a fortune. I didn't tip.

JakeBullet Wed 20-Feb-13 16:44:49

Depends where it is I think. I know Supercuts always give a quote beforehand as its the only salon my autistic son will set foot in.....and as he's over 8 he gets charged the adult price (actually...scratch that, it's ME that gets charged the adult price). It's usually about £14 for him and I think £23 sounds a lot for a child's haircut....

WorraLiberty Wed 20-Feb-13 16:45:23

I wouldn't have agreed to a haircut without them telling me the exact price.

JakeBullet Wed 20-Feb-13 16:45:41

Oh and for a 2 year old.....£23 shock


HoHoHoNoYouDont Wed 20-Feb-13 16:45:51

I've never heard of a hairdresser charging by the hour. Wherever I have gone they always charge a set price.

littlewhitebag Wed 20-Feb-13 16:46:47

Most hairdressers will give you a price for a child's haircut no matter how long it takes. £23 is excessive for a tots cut!

Sirzy Wed 20-Feb-13 16:47:43

"and that it would depend how long it took"

surely that would have made you think twice?

JakeBullet Wed 20-Feb-13 16:48:08

Was it a very posh place? Might be worth checking with them if the price you were charged is correct.

MrsKeithRichards Wed 20-Feb-13 16:48:57

Did they say they were cahrging byt the hour?

I've been in a lot of salons, barbers and know a fair few, never heard of this in my puff.

I also never heard of the age = £ thing either though!

£23 sounds expensive, was it a very swanky place with no real desire to do childrens hair and they've charged their normal trim rate?

whattodoo Wed 20-Feb-13 16:50:04

I'd definitely be querying this.

OTTMummA Wed 20-Feb-13 16:50:14

Unless your daughters name is rapunzel then I would go back and complain.
23 quid for a 2yr old?! Ridiculous!

Petsinmypudenda Wed 20-Feb-13 16:50:43

Always ask before yo get it done
My sister took her 5 year old dd to a supercuts for a trim and they charged her £23!! When she queried it they said it said from £5 on the poster and it was 22 because they had to trim the fringe hmmshe paid aswell,i would have walked out laughing

KobayashiMaru Wed 20-Feb-13 16:51:30

More fool you for not agreeing a price upfront, ad just paying whatever figure they plucked out of the air!

valiumredhead Wed 20-Feb-13 16:54:13

Did they say they charged by the hour?

I agree with kob more fool you for not agreeing a price beforehand.

£23 sounds expensive but depends where it is tbh.

manticlimactic Wed 20-Feb-13 16:56:07

I don't even pay £23 for my own hair cut shock

nenevomito Wed 20-Feb-13 16:58:03

Not surprised you feel conned. £23 is bloody ridiculous for a 2yo.

valiumredhead Wed 20-Feb-13 16:59:06

Tbf they did say £10 or more - you decided £15 max.My salon charges £12 in the week for kids but a Saturday is £24 iirc.

cookielove Wed 20-Feb-13 17:00:17

Jaw hits the floor £23 ???

ExitPursuedByABear Wed 20-Feb-13 17:00:26

That is outrageous!

My hairdresser is quite expensive but he trims my fringe for free in between cuts, and only charges £15 for DD and she is 13 and is Rapunzel!

Smellslikecatspee Wed 20-Feb-13 17:02:30

that's very odd

I pay £25 but I have a senior stylist (I've been with her for years and she progressed up the ladder)

but for a child, that's extortionate.

Oh and they do fringes for free. . .

ENormaSnob Wed 20-Feb-13 17:04:16

That is ludicrous.

Never heard of being charged by time either.

valiumredhead Wed 20-Feb-13 17:06:07

Why did you pay OP?

TheBigJessie Wed 20-Feb-13 17:09:26

I'd expect to pay less than that for my hair being trimmed. And compared to the typical two year old, I am Rapunzel! People sometimes think I'm a member of the Plymouth Brethren!

ItsAllGoingToBeFine Wed 20-Feb-13 17:11:48

Unless her hair was very difficult to work with for some reason that is an obscene amount, unless it was some sort of celebrity hairdresser?

quoteunquote Wed 20-Feb-13 17:14:00

£23, for a hair cut for a two year old.

Name and shame so no other suckerMNer makes the same mistake.

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