The Hair Pay Gap is Closing – Here's What That Means

A sea change is coming.

Ever wonder why women pay more for a trim than men?

A moment for the men in the room who may soon have to chuck out considerably more for a fresh barnet, as the gendered hair pay gap may soon close for good. 

Considering that the once-given fact of all women having long hair and all men having short hair is now entirely old-fashioned and that there are plenty of people who identify as neither gender, charging based on gender is outdated.

Hackney-based Butchers announced this week in the Guardian that they will no longer charge men and women different prices based on gender, and instead, prices will solely be determined by the seniority of the stylist.

‘We did contemplate doing it slowly, raising it little by little,” says owner Susannah Richardson.

“But then we thought no, we’re doing it completely, for moral reasons. It’s about equality, it’s the right thing to do.”

Likewise, Bleach London, who are famed for their near-mythical ability to emanate any hue in hair form, charge on the length of a client's hair, and nothing else.

Alex Brownsell, the founder and creative director told British Vogue, "We don't charge based on gender at Bleach because hair follicles aren’t male or female. We have lots of non-binary or trans clients, and our services are for everyone.

"Our prices are based purely on the length of hair, as that equates to the time it will take and the amount of product needed."

Closer to home, Maven Hair Studios in Temple Bar is now charging a fixed price for both men and women to get their haircuts and a subsequent blow dry, depending on how long it takes.

A blow dry for short hair will cost €20, €25 for medium hair and €30 for longer hair. 

In her post on Instagram sharing the new pricing system Maven owner Michelle Grimes said, “This is something I have wanted to do for a long time, so providing one generic pricing system helps to promote fairness and equality in the studio.”

Finally, women will no longer have to bear the brunt of their male friends boasting about a €10 haircut. 

The future is now. 

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