It's a known fact that salons charge women more than men for haircuts, but that will soon become a thing of the past at one Ottawa spot.
Hair Junkie, located on Laurier Avenue West in downtown Ottawa, has announced it will be introducing gender-neutral pricing. That means the cost of a haircut will be based on the length of hair and the time it takes to cut, rather than a person's gender.
"We have been asked over and over how come I get charged so much for so little hair or how come my husband get's charged so little for so much hair," salon owner Fady Assaad told CTV News. "I think it's time."
Hair Junkie officially announced their new pricing policy on Instagram on Wednesday.
"Gender Neutral Pricing is about to hit our salon floor!" the caption read. "You pay for the time and products we use for your service and if that time is the same as the MAN or WOMAN in the next chair, then it will cost you the same price! Of course if you want a labour intensive Up Do, (or anything at all) we still do that too~! Prices are transparent. Prices are fair. Prices are neutral because Hair has NO gender!"
Currently, women with short hair are charged $10 more than men with the same hair length. But once the new pricing is introduced, short haircuts for both men and women will start at $31, while mid-to-long and drastic haircuts will start at $46, CBC reports.
The new pricing will begin on September 1, just in time for back-to-school and the fall season.
Lucy Ellis, who is a client at Hair Junkie, told CTV News that she has paid anywhere between $40 and $80 for a short haircut in the past, which is why she's so pleased with the salon's new policy.
"A few times, I've tried to go to barbers... and they turned me away," she said. "So it's really, really nice to see somewhere that's going to be charging the same price for short haircuts, whether you're a man or a woman."
Hair Junkie is likely the first salon in Ottawa to introduce gender-neutral pricing, CBC News reports. However, it is not the first in Canada. Some Toronto salons, such as The Monarch Hair Studio and Fuss Hair Studio, have already implemented gender-neutral pricing, as well as Adara Hair and Body Studio in Edmonton and Kara's Urban Day Spa in Halifax.
While many are praising the trend of gender-neutral pricing, some have noted that this isn't necessarily fair to those who have longer hair. On social media, some are insisting that basing salon prices on the length of time it takes to cut the hair is a better way to go.
I love the idea of gender neutral pricing in salons. But the problem is, longer hair does not necessarily take longer or require more skill.— meg (@takeowizard) April 13, 2017
Gender neutral hair cut pricing is good, but charging based on length of hair is dumb. Better: charge based on time in the chair.— Tristan (@tryoung) August 11, 2017
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