Re­spectable style comes at hair-rais­ing prices for women

Central Otago Mirror - - OPINION -

Ides­per­ately need my hair cut. My shaggy look has got­ten so bad that I could dye my hair white and be a pass­able Al­bert Ein­stein. I’m like the man in the oc­to­pus car ad ex­cept it’s a hairy taran­tula on my head. But still I drag my feet and I’ll ex­plain. Two years ago, I shaved all my hair off for char­ity and while I raised over $700, only now am I be­gin­ning to see the long reach­ing con­se­quences. Main­te­nance. I’ve had more hair­cuts since shav­ing my head than I have had in my whole adult life! Be­ing a long-haired young mother on a low in­come, a trim for me was stand­ing in front of the mir­ror gamely with scis­sors in my hand. So my ques­tion is this: Why can’t women with short hair get a cut at a rea­son­able price? I’m not dig­ging at stylists; I think they’re awe­some at what they do (and I know a few per­son­ally) but what if I want a quick trim with­out all the fuss just a sim­ple in and out visit. There are places in the city where you can wait your turn, re­ceive a tidy cut and walk out less than $20 lighter. We can visit sim­i­lar places lo­cally but women still pay nearly as much as a nor­mal salon, al­most three times that price. I en­joy get­ting a fab­u­lous style as much as the next lady but if ev­ery 8-10 weeks I have to choose be­tween that and a child’s swim­ming lessons or sim­i­lar, there re­ally is no choice. ◗ Suzie Sykes, mother of three . . . still truck­ing on.

Suzie Sykes

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