How much would you pay for a good haircut? Twelve dollars at Supercuts (like me) or $400 at a high-end salon (like John Edwards)?
Or would you pay even higher like Beverly Lateo, a blond millionaire who paid celebrity hair stylist Stuart Phillips £8,000 ($16,260) for a hairdo:
Yes, that's £8,000. For a haircut. OK, so the price did include her first-class flights from Italy, where Beverley, originally from Essex retired to 15 years ago, a limousine from the airport, Stuart's services for the entire day as well as the promise that Beverley's every whim would be indulged.
But in the event, her only indulgence was a cream tea and a trim and blow dry that took less than a hour. The result is Stuart's pocketed more than 50 times the normal £150 he'd charge for a standard cut in profit.
Nonetheless, Beverley, 50, insists her trim was worth every penny. "Some people would say £3,000 is too expensive for a Hermes handbag," she says. "Others would say £8,000 is too much for a haircut. "I'd say it's up to you to decide what you are prepared to pay for the things you want in life."
This is the third time Beverley has paid £8,000 for Stuart to cut her hair. She first came over a year ago after a hairdresser in Italy 'butchered' her hair. "My long blonde hair is my pride and joy and I want to be sure it won't be messed up," she says.
And of course you should get upset and call her names, she has more money than you! Who does she think she is? Everyone should just wear a shawl over their face and head and not be so vain.
Hardly. There's nothing on earth that could make me desire a hollow, self-centered, delusional life like hers. The fact that the upper .001 percent's gluttonous vanity is presented as news for the masses to read and discuss is embarrassing for so many reasons.