The Professional Beauty Association says the average haircut in America costs around $45 (American Salon magazine says it’s $21). However, when it comes to celebs other than Nick Nolte… there’s a bit of a price jump.
“That timeless look”
The price of the cut itself likely doesn’t reflect the value of upholding a timeless look while under the scrutiny of the public spotlight as is the case with many clients of the world’s top stylists. We’re not sure what percentage of the $30 billion global hair care market that even makes up considering the world’s most expensive cut is more than an average person would spend in a lifetime.
On the flip side of all of this high class coiffurey you’ll find people like President Obama monkeying things up with his $19 cut from Chicago’s Hyde Park Hair Salon. Who’s to say what’s too expensive though, Madonna might drop close to a grand on a haircut but do you see her flying around in a $50k+/hr military airplane? …we didn’t think so.
Without further ado, here are your fancy haircuts…
#5) $500 - …it’s a three way tie
Kicking off the top five we have a three-way tie at $500. Where can you drop this much to get that perfect look? John Frieda Salon in NYC, Jose Eber, or Christophe Salon, both found where else but Beverly Hills, CA.
Serge Normant is in high demand by Fashion Magazine for his hair creations at John Frieda Salon. He is booked regularly by fashion magazines such as Harper’s Bazaar, W, and Allure to style their magazine covers. His clients include celebrities such as Sarah Jessica Parker, Kate Hudson and Julia Roberts.
Cristophe, the owner/master stylist of Cristophe Salon in Beverly Hills charges clients $500 for his services, which even include house-calls, or should we say, Air Force One-calls. Yes, that’s right Christophe made a special trip to LAX to get President Bill Clinton’s hair just right.
#4) $600 - Frederic Fekkai
Frederic Fekkai recently commented about his $600 haircuts, “You could argue that a first class airline or a four-star hotel is too expensive as well, if the service isn’t there.” His clients include celebrities such as Liv Tyler and Kim Basinger. They rely on Frederic Fekkai because his name has become a brand for beautiful hair. “My customers expect more than a haircut when they see me,” says Fekkai. “They leave with a unique, flattering, personalized look that is easy for them to maintain outside of my salon.”
#3) $800 - Sally Herchberger
Of the other stylists mentioned, Sally Herchberger is the only one who’s name is locked in with a “signature shaggy look.” This look happens to have made the grade with Sandra Bullock, Meg Ryan, Michelle Pfeiffer, Hillary Clinton & Tom Cruise. The truth is that in many cases celebrities are directed to a particular stylist by a photo shoot director and paid for by a PR firm. Despite this, stylists like Ms. Herchberger don’t fail to lay claim to their A-List affiliations. It may not be an issue for clients whether Sarah Jessica Parker sides with a particular stylist personally, but rather that the stylist is renowned as being world class and validated by their previous celebrity clientele. So regardless of if you’re charging up your Amex or if you’re haircuts are paid for by some PR firm, you can rest assured that you’re getting the professional service you paid for… movie deal not included.
#2. $800 - Orlando Pita
“Orlo” Orlando Pita http://cityfile.com/profiles/orlando-pita , a Cuban born hairstylist, opened this celebrity salon in the meatpacking district of New York City which despite the price, boasts a month’s long waiting list. Celeb clients include Madonna, Gwyneth Paltrow, Anne Hathaway, Oscar De La Renta, Vera Wang, Julianne Moore, Julia Roberts, Jennifer Connelly, and Naomi Campbell. He tops the list of high priced salons in NYC at $800 which include a cut and a 15 minute head massage. Between cutting and head-massaging, Orlo can be found either in NYC, or at his Miami home, or travelling to work on models for the likes of Versace, Christian Dior, Dolce & Gabanna, Valentino, Michael Kors, and others.
#1. $16,000 - Stuart Phillips
Who else could hold the number one spot than the salon that made it into the Guinness Book of World Records for Most Expensive Haircut? In London’s Covent Garden you will find Stuart Phillips Hair Salon, an establisment frequented by celebrites such as David Hasselhoff, Ivana Trump, Jean Claude Van Dam, & Kirsten Dunst. We should note that the regular haircut price is a mere $300 but on one particular occasion in October of 2007, Beverly Lateo, a retired millionaire from Pisa, Italy justified dropping $16k on a “package deal.” The cut itself only took an hour but for the entire two days Ms. Lateo spent in London, she enjoyed a wealth of VIP treatment. The package service itself included first class airfare from Italy to London, limo service from the airport to the salon, and a daylong engagement at the salon including a reserved VIP area, a Champagne lunch, a Shiatsu / Acupressure head & scalp massage, an assortment of personalized L’Oreal hair products, and personal haircutting lessons from Stuart Phillips himself. It doesn’t even stop there with higher level packages ranging from $40-80k which include additional services such as a personal concierge, airport escort service, two days at a top hotel in London, & a PRIVATE CHEF (!?)
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