Some of the most ex­pen­sive haircuts around the world

The Hamilton Spectator - - A&E - EL­IZ­A­BETH PA­TON

If you are look­ing to save money on your monthly hair main­te­nance, steer clear of Switzer­land.

In a re­port last year, in­vest­ment bank UBS re­ported that, on av­er­age, Geneva and Zurich were the most ex­pen­sive places in the world to have your hair cut.

As may be ex­pected, it gen­er­ally costs more to get your hair cut if you are a woman, no mat­ter where in the world you live. Glob­ally, the re­port’s au­thors said, women pay about 40 per cent more than men.

“In Jakarta and Hong Kong, women pay on av­er­age al­most the same as men, whereas in Dublin and Cairo, the price for women is al­most three times higher than for men,” wrote An­dreas Hoe­fert, the for­mer UBS chief econ­o­mist.

“For the price of one women’s hair­cut in Oslo, men could af­ford to get their hair cut 18 times in Nairobi.”

Here is what high-end stylists charge in some of the world’s big­gest cities.

Lon­don Stu­art Phillips

This hair­dresser made his name at­tend­ing to Bri­tish re­al­ity-TV stars and the wives of Rus­sian oli­garchs. The Di­a­mond VIP pack­age of­fered by his salon costs al­most $26,000 and in­cludes limo ser­vice, live mu­sic, prod­ucts and a scalp mas­sage by Phillips be­fore he cuts your hair.

Richard Ward

This salon first found fame as the go-to blow-dry spot of choice for the Duchess of Cam­bridge (as well as her sis­ter, Pippa, and mother, Ca­role Mid­dle­ton), and Ward tended to the hair of the fu­ture queen on her wed­ding day in 2011. A wash, cut and fin­ish with the man him­self will set you back about $420 if you are a woman, and a more rea­son­able $140, if you are a man.

Ge­orge North­wood

The shaggy cool Bri­tan­nia bob of Alexa Chung and the shaggy mop of ac­tor Ni­cholas Hoult are the re­spon­si­bil­ity of North­wood, known as the “hair ma­gi­cian” and pos­sessed of a three-month wait­ing list. A cut by him starts at $390.

Paris David Mal­let

This af­fa­ble Aussie is on the speed dial of ev­ery ma­jor de­signer, model and ac­tress in Paris, as well as the French Vogue ed­i­tor, Em­manuelle Alt. He charges women about $270 for a cut and fin­ish, and men about $163.

David Lu­cas

On the third floor of a Hauss­mann-style build­ing on the Rue Danielle Casanova, close to l’Opéra, one can find the hairstyling apart­ment of David Lu­cas. Prices are cal­cu­lated via hair length rather than sex, so a Brazil­ian straight­en­ing treat­ment be­gins at $290, while a scat­ter­ing of bal­ayage high­lights starts at $390.

Christophe Robin

Robin has forged a rep­u­ta­tion as the colourist of choice for de­sign­ers John Gal­liano and Al­ber El­baz, ac­tress Tilda Swin­ton and model Natalia Vo­di­anova. Prices go as high as $920 for a colour and con­sul­ta­tion ap­point­ment.

Mum­bai, In­dia Hakim’s Aalim

Dur­ing a visit to Hakim’s Aalim, a hair-and-tat­too lounge founded by Aalim Hakim Kairanvi, the son of In­dia’s first celebrity hair­dresser, Halim Kairanvi, you can ex­pect West­ern-style prices (and a live DJ). A cut with the cre­ative di­rec­tor for men is about $260, while for women it’s $290 (with the blow-dry done by an as­sis­tant).

Moscow Do­lores

The grande dame of Rus­sia sa­lons is Do­lores, founded by Do­lores Kon­drashova, the pres­i­dent of the Rus­sian Hair­dress­ing Union, in 1991. It is every­thing you would ex­pect of a Mus­covite hair haven: mir­rored walls, gold chan­de­liers and a white grand pi­ano in the cor­ner. And then there are the wash and blow-dry prices, lower than in pre­vi­ous years thanks to the de­val­u­a­tion of the ru­ble: a snip at $300.

Bei­jing Tony Stu­dio

The av­er­age cost in this city for a hair­cut for men is $5.24, and for women $9.27, ac­cord­ing to UBS. For A-list ser­vice, head to one of 12 Tony Stu­dios. The owner, Tony Li, favoured by celebri­ties and fash­ion folk, is fast be­com­ing a house­hold name. Low­lights for long hair start at $115, while a blow-dry is just $15.

JES­SICA LEHRMAN, NYT

Hair­styl­ist April Bar­ton, whose reg­u­lar rate for men is $300 and is known for the choppy locks of down­town rock-’n’-rollers, at work in her New York stu­dio.

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