Study reveals how much it costs to get a haircut around the world

Everyone in the world faced the same tricky question during endless months of coronavirus lockdown: grow your hair or let your mom cut it?

But now, hairdressers are re-opening, and so are bars, theatres, and wedding venues. The Salon de Mom literally won’t cut it anymore. It’s time to get a proper haircut.

The problem is that money is tight right now for most of us. And a proper haircut tends to be a payday treat. Can you afford to give a little dignity back to your ‘Barnet’?

It depends where you live. NetCredit researched the price of women’s and men’s haircuts in every country worldwide and found that the disparity between countries and genders is massive. This new study reveals the cost of a haircut in every country around the world.

The NetCredit team sourced the price of a basic haircut (no beard trim or wash) for both genders in 102 capital cities. If prices were not advertised on the internet, their research team emailed and called businesses for a quote.

Then the team crunched the numbers to find the average cost of a haircut to find the top 10 cheapest and most expensive countries worldwide. Finally, they created maps to showcase the average cost of women’s and men’s haircuts in each country.

The cheapest and most expensive men’s haircuts worldwide

The cost of men’s haircuts in the world differs significantly. If you live in Norway, you’ll be coughing up as much as $64.50 to the barber. In distinction, a haircut in Zambia will cost an average of only $1.65.

The map cheapest and most expensive men's haircuts in the world
The cheapest and most expensive women’s haircuts worldwide

If you reside in Denmark, you’ll be stripping out an average of $102.20 to the hairdresser. Meanwhile, a haircut in Bosnia and Herzegovina will just cost $6.20.

The map of the cheapest and most expensive women's haircuts in the world
The cheapest and most expensive haircuts worldwide

40% of the top 10 most affordable nations for a haircut are in Africa. Europeans are splurging more cash on their hair than other continents.

The cheapest and most expensive haircuts in the world
The price gaps between man and women’s haircuts

We’ve come a great way for equality, but women and men are definitively not equal yet, with women often being charged way more when it comes to grooming costs.

Men spend more for a haircut in just 11 of the 102 nations, according to NetCredit. The most significant gaps are in Africa and some countries of Latin America.

The price gaps between man and women's haircuts in the world

The gap is much slimmer in Andorra ($17.34 – 5%). Nigeria has a jaw-dropping price gap ($13.43 – 634%).

The difference Between Men's and Women's haircut prices
Key Findings
  • Denmark has the most expensive haircuts globally overall, with an average price of $75.20 across genders.
  • Denmark also has the most expensive average women’s cut, at $102.20.
  • The most expensive average cut for men is $64.50 in Norway.
  • The most significant gender price difference by proportion is in Nigeria, where a woman must pay 634% of the price of a man’s cut.
  • The most significant gender difference in dollars is in England, where a woman’s haircut costs $58.97 more than a man’s.
  • The cheapest average haircut across genders is $5.24 in Argentina.

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