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Top 10 Most Expensive Haircuts

By Brody Patterson

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When it comes to the rich and famous, image is often extremely important. This means even something as simple as a haircut has to be perfect – and perfection comes at a price. How much? Check out this list to find out:

10. Gwyneth Paltrow (and others) – $650

Named the “King of Curl” by Vogue magazine, David Babaii is a celebrity in his own right, as well as being the hairstylist of many A-list celebrities, including Nicole Kidman, Scarlett Johansson, Gwyneth Paltrow and Kate Hudson. His services are as pricy as his clientele is high-end, with $650 charged for full highlights, cut, and blowout.

He has even collaborated with some of his clients outside of the salon, releasing the WildAid hair care line with Kate Hudson and opening a Blowout Bar with Gwyneth Paltrow.

 

9. Reese Witherspoon (and others) – $700

Reese Witherspoon has come a long way from the ditzy Elle Woods in Legally Blonde and is now known as a really versatile actress. Lots of roles required her to change her appearance and the one helping her glide though everything and still look flawlessly was world-renowned colorist Lorri Goddard-Clark.

Since 2005, Witherspoon has been seeing Goddard-Clark at Prive Salon in Los Angeles, where full highlights cost $450, while a cut can set you back $250.

8. Jennifer Lopez (and others) – $750

Cuban-born American stylist Oribe is responsible for the hairstyle of supermodels and Victoria’s Secret Angels, but his highest profile client is actress and pop star Jennifer Lopez.

J. Lo reportedly gets a weekly trim at the Oribe Salon, something which demands a fee of $400. Oribe himself does not do color, focusing solely on the cut, however a full head of highlights by one of his senior colorists costs $350, bringing the total cost to $750.

7. Jennifer Aniston (and others) – $920

Jennifer Aniston became famous for her role in Friends, with her trademark haircut (called “The Rachel”, after the character she portrayed) achieving great popularity at the time, even though Aniston herself reportedly disliked it.

Nowadays, she gets her hair cut at the Chris McMillan Salon in Beverly Hills. Prices there can get as high as $600 (when the stylist is the owner, Chris McMillan himself), with color adding an additional $320 to the final price tag. And although not as influential as her old hairstyle, for that kind of money, at least it’s something she likes.

6. Anne Hathaway (and others) – $1,200

Ted Gibson is a world-renowned hairstylist who’s worked with the likes of Angelina and Ashley Greene and is responsible for Anne Hathaway’s beautiful hair after she cut it short for her role in Les Miserables.

He owns a salon in New York and his services are so sought-after he had to increase his price from $950 to $1,200 – and the waiting list still hasn’t gotten any shorter. In addition to practicing his craft, he is also the hair expert on the TLC show What Not to Wear.

5. Rihanna – $2,000

Rihanna seems to change her hairstyle all the time, which is somewhat understandable, since a good way to stay relevant in the music industry is to always bring out something new. She constantly restyles her music, as well as her hair, something which requires a great deal of attention and care.

She reportedly pays celebrity hairstylist Ursula Stephen about $2,000 per week to be permanently on call – a reasonable price when image is everything and you want the very best.

3.-4. Michael Douglas -$6,000

Not exactly a professional styling session, but it still worthy of the list: 25-year-old Michael Douglas was cast in the role of a student who quits school to join the Army.  In order to enlist, he has to cut his long hair, something his father, played by Arthur Kennedy, does. Kennedy was paid $1,000 for the part, which in today’s money would be about $6,000.

Douglas reportedly did not like his new look, but his nomination for a Golden Globe – New Star of the Year might have made him feel better about the whole thing.

3.-4. David Beckham – $6,000

In his prime, David Beckham was as famous as a style icon as he was for his skill on the soccer field and was raking in as much from product endorsements as he was from his day job.

His collaboration with hair styling product brand Brylcreem required something truly special, to emphasize the elegant, yet sporty image the company was trying to promote. In order to achieve that perfect look, Beckham got a short haircut worth $6,000. He also got a few million out of the deal, which, at the end of the day, is not bad for a styling session.

 

2. Beverley Lateo – $16,300

You’d be forgiven if you never heard of Beverley Lateo, the recipient of the most expensive haircut ever – even certified as such by the people at Guinness World Records. She is a retired Italian property developer worth a few million, who one late October day in 2007 decided she wanted “the perfect haircut”.

To this aim she had world-renowned hairdresser Stuart Phillips flown in from London. The entire haircut session included a Champagne lunch, a head and scalp massage and a selection of personalized L’Oreal hair products and treatments. The price for all of this? A staggering $16,300.

1. The Sultan of Brunei – $23,000

OK, so we said Beverly Lateo’s haircut was the most expensive ever, but the guy who actually pays the most to get his haircut is the Sultan of Brunei – and when you’re a Sultan, you don’t really care about the rules, right?

Hassanal Bolkiah is worth about $20 billion, the fact that he brings his favorite stylist, Ken Modestou, all the way from London, paying for the flight and a few days worth of food and accommodation isn’t really something that’s going to hurt his bottom line in any way. The haircut itself costs a few thousand dollars (it would be about £30 back in London), but all the expenses amount to roughly $23,000.

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About Brody Patterson

Brody has been working as a digital deputy editor for Luxatic for a very long time now, specializing in content related to health and fitness, adventure, travel and gear reviews.

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