Hairdresser accused of ‘scamming’ people after woman pays £1,400 to have hair done

Getting your hair done can end up being pretty pricey, with costs for cut, colour and care treatments adding up quickly.

We recently heard how one woman was left “utterly gobsmacked” when she ended up spending £300 on a cut and colou r from a salon in central London after lockdown.

She revealed all in an anonymous post on Mumsnet asking if she was overreacting, or whether this was a reasonable amount for a hairdresser to charge. More than 700 people responded, with many agreeing it was “extortionate”.

However, if you thought that was a lot of money to spend, then you better buckle up because it’s got nothing on this.

A video of a hair transformation by California-based hairdresser @byprado_ has gone viral on TikTok, in which a hairdresser shows off her work and claims she charged £108 ($150) per hour – and spent 13 hours on this particular client’s hair.

This means the total cost of the woman’s cut and colour was around £1400 ($1950).

Viewers on the social media platform were appalled by the amount it cost for the woman to change her hair from brunette to ashy blonde and have a choppy cut.

In the video, the hairdresser explains: “I did not think my last post was going to make so many people mad with how much I charge, but I think this one’s going to make you madder.

“I charged $150 per hour and I believe this whole transformation took 13 hours, we did two separate days.”

More than 1.4 million people have watched the video with thousands liking and commenting.

The clip was also shared by a user named Justin English, who pointed out a detail many people missed.

He said: “Imagine paying $2000 or £1500 to get your hair done and the hairdresser can’t even manage to not get bleach on the entire sleeve of your shirt.”

Justin then zooms in to show the stain on the sleeve of the customer’s black sleeve.

People could not get over the price and the amount of time it took to complete the hair appointment, with some claiming the hairdresser was “scamming” her clients.

One person said: “I have a cosmetology license and while the price per hour is totally reasonable, how long it took her is not. She scammed that woman.”

Another wrote: “Bruh at first I’m like $150 is pretty cheap, then I read per hour…”

A third replied: “I don’t care what people say 2k for hair isn’t worth it, especially if the results can be achieved for less.”

“My hairdresser could do this in five hours and would only charge $250,” proclaimed a fourth.

However, others didn’t see an issue with it and pointed out that there are lots of other factors that could contribute to the cost.

A different user commented: “She’s over-charging, but she can do that. People are clearly paying, so they must love her work.”

Someone else added: “This specific service for how much it was is not justified, but I hope y’all know how expensive product, supplies, booth rent, salon fees and living expenses are.”