Many people have misconceptions about salon services, cost and time required for their hair. I hope I can answer your questions and address your confusion.

First, a widely misunderstood concept is that if you only need a trim, that it should be less expensive than a “full” haircut.

This is just not true. Your stylist still has to cut each and every hair. It doesn’t matter how much we cut; it’s the act of cutting that takes time. No matter the length, it’s still the exact same process. Truthfully, it’s actually a tad more difficult to only take off just a quarter of an inch than it is to cut an inch. But it’s not more expensive. The pricing is the same no matter how much.

Secondly, many pre-teens and teens have more hair than both of their parents put together. It sounds logical that their haircut should cost less because they’re younger, but that is not the case. In my experience, teens are much harder to please, so I usually take more time and use more products on their hair than a more mature client.

This is why age usually doesn’t matter when considering the price of their haircut.

When it comes to young children, the price should be 10 times more because of the danger of their movements resulting either in a bad haircut or just a bad cut. Our shears are extremely sharp and children’s hair is not yet hard protein. If their hair isn’t cut properly each cut will show.

It takes skill to cut a child’s wispy hair, unless it is only a clipper cut. Again price is, or should be, dependent on the age of the child – and completely opposite of what you would expect.

Another phrase we often hear is “I need color but my hair is short,” implying that we shouldn’t charge full price. Again, the length doesn’t matter because we are usually just coloring new growth. If you had a tiny head it might make the price less, but short, medium, long length doesn’t matter.

It does matter if you have let your hair grow out so we have two inches of new growth to cover. That will take twice as much product, which should be more expensive. But generally, we don’t up-charge.

There’s also the issue of product cost. It’s important to know that the wholesale prices of our products increase frequently. We try to be as considerate and conservative as possible with the price we must charge customers.

I hope these little clarifications help you to realize why our prices are what they are.

Joy Ross is owner of Style It Salon in Old Town Bluffton.