No one likes paying more than they bargained for at the salon, especially when money is tight.
“We post a large, current price menu in the front of the salon," says Diane Daly, a spokesperson for Hair Cuttery salon. But not every salon is quite so forthcoming. To stave off mysterious costs, Daly recommends "that clients ask upfront what the exact charges will be for the services requested." In other words, know what you're getting into.
Here's a list of the 17 most common fees to watch out for, along with tips for how to avoid them.
Dimensional Effects – This pertains to complex hair coloring. Ask what kind of coloring services your stylist would suggest and confirm the pricing for that service.
Long Hair – Ask if the salon charges extra, as many salons post surcharges that can range between $5-$20.
Hair Texture – Some salons have unique fee structures depending on the texture and thickness of your hair. One salon I know placed an “Ethnic Charge” on clients' services, until they were actually sued for it. That said, those with thick or textured hair may require more time in the chair because the hair can be difficult to work with.
Packages – If you opt for a “package” at a hair salon, particularly if you are recruited off the street (the recruiter makes a commission, which may quietly be passed along to you), make sure you confirm what services the package fee includes. Packages can often save you money, but only if the services are what you actually want.
Curling Iron/Flat Iron – Your standard cut and style won't always include “additional styling." Discuss what kind of finished style you are looking for and confirm the price.