Haircut from the Past

One of the bizarre things that still live on in our modern world are underlying ideologies of our past. Still structured into society and culture, but outdated and in dire need of replacement.

One of these I recently found in an unexpected situation; when I was in need of a haircut.

In most of the hair salons in Seoul, a women’s haircut is more expensive, even if the style ends up the same as the men’s cut. The question is obvious: Why aren’t hair saloons charging by time and hair length instead of gender?

The more hair I have, the more time and attention it needs and larger amounts of hair products will be used; regardless of gender. To me, it’s quite obvious that hair saloons should charge by time and hair length, so I was confused that it is rarely the case.

As a man I expect the same quality and attention given to my hair as the hair of the women next to me. Paying less than her either means the saloon is biased against women, or it gives less attention on men’s hair. Both don’t sound appealing.

I ended up at a saloon that charges the same for men and women, although it took some research to find it. I’d be confused if this won’t become a universal standard in a few years.