Like my new hair-do? No, just joking!
So, Is it just me or has anyone else noticed the seemingly excessive number of hairdressing salons here in Switzerland? They are on every corner. Actually, from our apartment walking into Aarau I pass SEVEN hairdressers (in about 400m). I went to get my haircut a couple of weeks ago and the hairdresser tells me there are 50 hairdressers in Aarau alone. That is catering for a population of 16,000. In Manukau, New Zealand, for a population of 360,000, there are 140 hairdressers. So that makes it about 8 times more hairdressers per capita here than in Manukau. Wow!
But then, have you seen the haircuts people have here? They are perfect and everyone looks stylish and good. And you pay too, about $80 ($120 NZD) for a women’s haircut in Aarau which seems to be about the average. I was paying about $40NZD (about $25CHF) for a haircut.
But the service is perfect. And they take more than 10 minutes to cut hair too! On arrival, they open the door for you, take your coat (which they do give back!), ask if you would like tea, coffee, juice, water (with or without bubbles!) I was even offered fancy Christmas herbal tea and biscuits. They take you to a chair and talk for 5 minutes about what you would like to have done and give advice / tips. After washing you hair and massaging, they cut it. And boy, they cut so well. Like every hair is in place and with such attention to detail. Anyway, perhaps enough babbling. I have had my hair cut twice since being in Switzerland by different salons and both were incredible and professional and friendly.
I love my Swiss haircuts.