StyleWatch Editors Want to Know: How Much Would You Pay for a Haircut?

03/14/2007 at 01:30 PM ET

We have seen a meteoric rise in price for haircuts in the past several years, sparked by shag goddess Sally Hershberger (think Meg Ryan’s iconic cut) and her $350 price tag. We thought that had topped off at Madonna-fave Orlando Pita’s $800 fee. But like designer bags, fees for seeing a high-profile stylist seem to have no limit, and celeb stylist Ted Gibson is now setting the jaw-dropping pace for highest price. You’re going to have to cough up $950 to get a turn in the same chair in which his celeb clients, like Jessica Alba and Angelina Jolie, entrust him with their tresses. Uh, we think we’ll just stick to his much more affordable product line. But we want to know what you think! Tell us: What is the most you would pay for a haircut? What is the most expensive cut you’ve gotten to date?

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Colette on

I pay around $50 for a haircut. I have very long hair that needs to be cut very carefully.

JenB on

$950 is outrageous. In this case she was paying for the name…she obviously wasn’t paying for the haircut itself. It’s nice, but not $950 nice. The most I was ever charged for a hair appointment was $70. That included shampoo, color, cut, blowdry, and tip. My stylist is grossly underpaid. Her work is just as good as some of those Hollywood folks.

Mary on

Hairstylists are highly underpaid-I just read a Labor statistic that the average stylist only gets $17,000.00 a year. It is very hard work, you do have to have secondary schooling along with continuing education and you have to be highly skilled to deliver quality goods. Having said that, there has to be a balance between the $17.00 haircut and the $950.00 haircut. I think $50.00 to $70.00 depending on the cut is plenty, factoring in the stylists time and the overhead in a salon.

Ellie on

I pay $12 for a haircut at the Aveda Institute. The students there do a great job and are supervised throughout the process. I also get my highlights there for an economical $42. I used to pay $30+ for a haircut and $100+ for highlights until I discovered this little gem of a place.

Stephanie on

Totally ridiculous! I pay $14 and like the hair cut that I get. I don’t go to any fancy place, just wherever is cheapest. Why spend $950 of a hair cut when that money can sponser a child in Africa for 2-3 years! I respect Angelina alot but that is silly to spend that amount of money on a hair cut. Her of all people should know what that kind of money can do in an underprivileged country.

marcy on

I just got my hair done last week and $185, I have long hair, this price included a cut, dye and highlights. These stylists are getting out of control, but if someone is willing to pay they will continue to charge that much!

sonia on

I pay maybe $50 for my hair to be cut, and $100 if you include dying my hair. Celebs can afford the high price ticket, I mean some actors make like $20 million a movie what’s a lousy $950 gonna hurt

Kelsie vanderflute on

These celebrities are a little out of touch, don’t ya think?

I mean my god, $950.00 for a hair cut! You never know what life will bring, someday a celebrity may be poor and then they will be ashamed that they spent that kind of money on a flippin’ hair cut!

Also if they truly believed in giving to charities, they would get at $30 hair cut and donate the rest to Locks of Luv or something like that. It’s all for show!

angie on

I know that there is a difference between a salon and great clips – but a hair cut is a hair cut. She could go somewhere and spend $100 and get probably the same hair cut. She obviously has the money to blow away.

I believe a good haircut is worth 50-100 dollars…

Jan on

Gee, I sure wish I could charge $950 an hour. Work a few hours, and be done. Go out and play. But the stylist sounds like a typical opportunist. Work in the backyard of the rich and famous, and claim a piece of the pie.

My own haircut was $43 with tip but my stylist has left so I don’t know what my new one will charge. Prices at the salon where I go start at $35 for ladies. I wouldn’t be surprised if my new stylist charged $50, but I wouldn’t want to pay more than that. And that’s because my hair doesn’t require much. I like the scalp massage they give at my salon, and the great hair washing, but all I have are light layers in my long hair. I don’t do highlighting or ultra stylish layers because frankly, I’m pretty boring with my hair. I wish I could do more, but I have an active job as a trainer and when I get up in the morning I pull my hair back and go. When I go out, I condition it and get out the flat iron but all I need from my stylist is a soft touch (don’t pull!) and to keep it all neat.

Jan H., 35, Farmington Hills MI

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