What do I begin with the interesting topic? Barbershop, money and life changes. 💈💷💵💶💇♂️💇💇♀️
Couple of weeks ago on my birthday (30th May), I went to the barbers for my haircut.
It was my second time that I had a haircut during the pandemic. Last time when I went to have a hair cut done was in August last year. Prior to Covid & lockdown last year. Price was £10 (before last year’s lockdown). Once the first lockdown was lifted, haircut prices rose to £13. So expensive especially with the effects that happened hair salon/barber businesses in the UK and indeed the rest of the world. I really do feel bad for hair salon & barber businesses who have been impacted badly due to the lockdown measures and the Covid pandemic.
For me I already got used to having a haircut done at my home as my disabled brother’s carer shaved my hair. Also in the past, my dad would cut my hair as well. Given nowadays it is best to save money. I even shaved my hair round 3 or 4 times before with hair clipper. Rather than going to barbers regularly like in one month or two months. I say this as someone with African descent, knowing that my hair is curly & that I do not have long hair like other hairs that are non African.
When I go to barbers, I would mostly go to barbers that are mainly black (Black British. In between African and Caribbean). Sometimes in the past, I would often go to the other barbers that are Caucasian (white) or Middle Eastern (for instance Turkish). Knowingly barbershop has no colour regardless of ethnicity/skin colour, gender or nationality. The point is that because of the pandemic & that I already got my own hair clipper (which I have it for long time. Long before the pandemic), prices at the barbers nowadays are so expensive. At least earlier this year in January, my mother called my barber to come to my home to shave the hairs of my two younger brothers
I am not saying don’t go to the barbers. Go to the barbers if you want to. I am saying in regards to money that you can do for any alternative options than always going to the barbershop to spend money for getting haircut done. Haircuts are always cool & nicely done.
Including the fact that everyone in the whole world including ourselves spent plenty of months, styling hair & shaving hair as part of DIY (do it yourself) way at home. After all, no one wants a bad hair. Especially when it is either messy or that it has not been brushed or combed. google.co.uk google.co.uk bbc.co.uk
Lastly when I first went to the barbers in August last year, with barbershops being included as Covid 19 hotspots (& that I know that hair salons have been reopened since last few months). Plus once my barber (which I have known him for years since I was small kid) finished my hair, there was an inspector works for local council (local authority as I live in Barnet, Greater London) who inspected every barbershop & nail salons to follow the rules regarding social distancing & Covid 19 restrictions including the information of close contract (contract tracing which there are some people might not be comfortable of leaving their personal information since the appointments are now mostly call in & online & not walk in due to Covid).
Because of since the lockdown, I enjoyed having a hair cut in my home five times (three times in last year & two times this year. Plus a haircut at my dad’s place December last year = overall, 6 times), it saves money. I feel going to barbers like once in a month or twice in a month is a waste of money.
Before, the price of barbers was £10. Now it’s £13 (increased due to the Covid pandemic & inflation given recently the UK had entered in recession for first time since 2009. Now the economy is already getting back on its feet for recovery).
in conclusion: I would always go to the barbers. On occasions only. I am done with going there in two months or one month like I always had in the past. Especially that I am used to having haircut done at my home. Even the carer of my disabled brother doesn’t go to the barbers anymore because of the impact of the pandemic.
When things happens out of the blue (the coronavirus pandemic), it is where that we ordinary people change our ways (lifestyles) either temporarily or permanently. Life changes.
Me not going to the hair salons all time is now already permanent as I made a change to my lifestyle. So that is my blog post about barbershop, money and lifestyle changes.