For twenty-plus years, I used to deal with my hair by having a short-back-and-sides haircut: I liked it very short, and I went back to have it clipped again every time it got much over a couple of inches.
This repeated trim was pretty damn expensive if I did it at a hairdressers, but I discovered soon that the barber’s shop would give me the kind of cut I wanted, cheap. So I found a handy barber’s shop and became a regular customer.
About ten years ago, I had a temporary move to another town, and after about a month there, I realized I needed a haircut. So naturally, thinking no harm, as I was in the town centre, I walked into the nearest barber’s shop, where one man was having his hair cut and two barbers (one man, one woman) were sitting around waiting for customers.
The two barbers look up as I walk in, and the woman says, instantaneously, “I don’t cut women’s hair.”
“I just want a dry trim,” I explained. “A number four?” I used the name of the setting on the barber’s clippers to indicate I knew the kind of barber’s cut I wanted.
“No,” she said emphatically. “We don’t cut women’s hair.”
I was a bit surprised that they’d turn away a customer, and said so, but I wasn’t going to argue: if they didn’t want my money, I’d go somewhere else.
“You won’t find any barber’s shop HERE that will cut women’s hair,” she said.
I walked over to another barber’s shop and told them the story: two barbers, both men, no customers, seemed to think it was funny but one of them gave me the dry trim I’d asked for, short back and sides, normal barber’s shop charges – about 85% cheaper than if I’d got the same cut done in a hairdressers.
I resent the “unisex” hairdresser who, when I asked for a dry trim from the men’s board, charged me three times the price (a “dry trim” was not listed on the women’s board, where the prices were at least doubled) and told me when I complained that I was a woman so it cost more to cut my hair. #MFIF
Hair Today, UK