Hairstylist’s Prices Called ‘Insane’ After She Charged One Client $1,950 for a Cut and Color
Some TikTokers are criticizing hairstylist Jasmine Policarpo after she revealed that she paid one of her clients $1,950 for a recent trim and color change. “That’s a down payment on a car,” one commentator pointed out.
Last Thursday, Policarpo posted a brief breakdown of a recent styling commission on the account @byprado_. Seemingly anticipating backlash, she starts off by saying, “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.”
Policarpo, who works in Riverside, California, spends nearly half a day transforming a brunette into a blonde in the video. The woman, who began with straight brown hair, ends up with a full head of ashy waves.
But achieving the look was neither easy nor cheap, as Policarpo’s captions reveal. She charged the woman $150 an hour for a process that took 13 hours, billing her nearly $2,000 in total.
Policarpo’s first forecast, that the video would enrage viewers, proved to be correct. Her rates outraged many commenters.
One person mentioned, “The new iPhone costs less.”
“Could easily be done in 5-7 hours,” one wrote.
“I got the same and even better for 300,” another reported.
Other commenters criticized Policarpo for spilling bleach on the woman’s dress in the process, staining her upper sleeve a reddish brown. “2,000 and you still ruined her shirt,” one wrote.
In a reply to another, Policarpo explained the circumstances surrounding the accident, noting that the client wasn’t upset. “The foils were heavy and she was pregnant. There was a lot of moving. But she was completely cool about it,” she wrote.
“None of you are the one in her chair! If her guest is fine paying her prices then why are all of you losing it? This is a gorgeous hair transformation,” another scolded.
The video had 1.4 million views and 169,000 likes as of Wednesday morning.