The Wall Street Journal reports on yet another casualty of the flagging economy: decent haircuts. As consumers confront dwindling bank accounts, they’re taking the scissors into their own hands – sometimes, with disastrous results.
In fact, bad self-haircuts have become so commonplace that a few hair salons are actually enjoying a bump from increased “corrective” business. Carmine Minardi at the Minardi Salon in New York told the Journal: “We get a lot of people who screw up their hair.”
He estimates that roughly a third of all business now consists of “corrective” styling… In Idaho Falls, Idaho, Melodie McBride’s salon handles three or four repair jobs a week. One client “looked like his head had been through a thrasher,” she says. Another man came in with an eyebrow that had been mistakenly shaved off.”
Which isn’t to say that salons aren’t suffering.
In a January poll of 600 salons, about 72% said they have seen a dropoff in customer spending.
Nor is it to say that consumers are incapable of doing their own haircuts. According to Haircutting For Dummies author Jeryl Spear, all it takes is a little practice — and decapitation:
“If you could just take your head off and put it in your lap, you’d be OK cutting the back on your own.”
Per Capita Savings: Home Barbering Grows in Recession, With Hairy Results
[Wall Street Journal]