Hairdressing while travelling Oz

Submitted: Friday, Aug 19, 2011 at 20:01
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One of the inevitable necessities whilst travelling is the need to have a haircut. We are currently in Weipa after travelling to Cape York and we are a long way from home in Melbourne and the usual hairdresser. Today my husband was a "model" at Heritage Hair and Beauty who were looking for men to have their haircut and allow a mature apprentice to practice her haircutting skills while being supervised by a qualified hairdresser. The result is an excellent haircut at no charge, and and a pleasant hour spent chatting to a couple of locals and learning about the area. If you happen to be in Weipa we can recommend Heritage Hair and Beauty in Nanum Shopping Centre.
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Reply By: Fatso - Friday, Aug 19, 2011 at 20:18

Friday, Aug 19, 2011 at 20:18
G'day Kiwibound. Sounds like you got a bargain.
One of the young fellas mates is working in Weipa & reckons it is very expensive for everything up there.
$42 for a haircut he reckons. That's no perm & blow dry either. Just a crew cut with clippers.
I wonder if, like in most of the more isolated places, they blame the inflated price on transport costs.
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Follow Up By: Member - Kiwibound eventually - Friday, Aug 19, 2011 at 20:49

Friday, Aug 19, 2011 at 20:49
Hi Fatso. When we enquired about the cost of a haircut they quoted us $29 for a man's cut which I didn't think was too far different from other towns. However the offer of a cut for free was very welcome. We have often seen notices outside hairdressers asking for models but never had the time previously. Now we do, and we are very happy with the result. We have noticed some of the goods are more costly here, but the majority of goods arrive by barge each week so it can only be expected to cost more. The most amazing thing in Woolworths was to see all the bread frozen - it is frozen before it leaves Cairns or it would be stale before hitting the shelf in Weipa. We paid $1.679 a litre for diesel which was significantly better than the $2.24 in Seisia.
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Follow Up By: Member - Joe n Mel n kids (FNQ - Saturday, Aug 20, 2011 at 21:52

Saturday, Aug 20, 2011 at 21:52
yes we "blame" it on transport ............ and we "inflate" the price, that is why we still are here to actually have a shop so all the tourists can leave the cotton wool wrapped citys with all the cheap crap and come visit us, tis funny as we dont go down to them and comment how cheap it is down there, maybe because we dont want to get shot at or stabbed, but hey the fuel is cheap and haircuts are $30 bucks less ....... funny as the mining towns have really well paid jobs, the shops are expensive ..... not that hard to work out eh..
Ok back under my rock
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Joe
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Reply By: Member - DAZA (QLD) - Friday, Aug 19, 2011 at 20:18

Friday, Aug 19, 2011 at 20:18
I get the Cook to cut my Hair.

There's very little to cut now days.

And the best part is I can pat her on the bottom when she is finished.

Oh and if i'm really lucky I might get a kiss on the forehead.

Cheers
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Follow Up By: Member - Heather MG NSW - Friday, Aug 19, 2011 at 20:36

Friday, Aug 19, 2011 at 20:36
Hi Daza,

We go one better...I give the hubby a 'No 3' and he gives me a 'No 6'.

When I was working I spent years getting my hair cut very short every 4 to 6 weeks at $40+ each time. Now it's free and available any time (apart from when the footy is on TV or the fish are biting.)

Cheers,

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Follow Up By: Meggs - Saturday, Aug 20, 2011 at 07:53

Saturday, Aug 20, 2011 at 07:53
On my last trip I had to buy an elcheapo set of clippers to have a hair cut and beard trim as I forgot to take the battery clippers.

My old man used to say it is only two weeks between a good and bad haircut
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Follow Up By: Member - Oldbaz. NSW. - Saturday, Aug 20, 2011 at 08:48

Saturday, Aug 20, 2011 at 08:48
The last haircut I had to pay for was on my wedding day, some 45 years ago. The
childbride has cut it ever since. Unlike Heather she is far too frightened to let me
cut hers, but, like Heather, she likes it short & gets it cut often. If a blokes cut costs
$30, I wont ask what a gels costs. My only wish is to go travelling long enough to
need a haircut while away....sigh..:))))).....oldbaz.
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Follow Up By: Member - Heather MG NSW - Saturday, Aug 20, 2011 at 08:55

Saturday, Aug 20, 2011 at 08:55
Baz,

there are some things a man is better off not knowing about! Secret women's business!

cheers,

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Follow Up By: Member - Oldbaz. NSW. - Saturday, Aug 20, 2011 at 09:01

Saturday, Aug 20, 2011 at 09:01
Aint that the truth. Regards to John..assume you are home safe & sound.
cheers......oldbaz.
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Follow Up By: Fred G NSW - Saturday, Aug 20, 2011 at 09:17

Saturday, Aug 20, 2011 at 09:17
Way to go folk.

Haven't been to a hairdresser myself in many years since Navy barber introduced me to a new trend.

# 2 or 3 all over DIY every 4 weeks or so.

I find the best time for DIY haircut is after a few beers, cause then you throw caution to the wind, and can probably get to 6 weeks :~))))

PS also keep a selection of hats and avoid mirrors LOL.


Fred.
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Reply By: Member - Roger B (VIC) - Friday, Aug 19, 2011 at 21:40

Friday, Aug 19, 2011 at 21:40
There are some real financial advantages to be had by being old and bald !!!!

Roger B....
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Reply By: get outmore - Friday, Aug 19, 2011 at 21:55

Friday, Aug 19, 2011 at 21:55
havnt had a haircut since 1996 -and im not bald

just keeps the same length now and has done so for years
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Reply By: Motherhen - Friday, Aug 19, 2011 at 22:01

Friday, Aug 19, 2011 at 22:01
Glad to hear your hubby is now a "male model" Kiwibound LOL. I had never heard of free haircuts like that.

We have an electric hair cutting set, so i cut my husband's. It runs from the inverter when we are travelling. He's too bald to make male model status. Mine gets cut every two or three years or so - I must get one of my girls to cut it soon before i trip over my ponytail. I sometimes trim it myself.

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Reply By: Fred G NSW - Saturday, Aug 20, 2011 at 09:32

Saturday, Aug 20, 2011 at 09:32
We need a gallery here, or should that be "rogues gallery" LOL maybe, of members heads so as we can see for ourselves.

Maybe we can have a best hair, or lack of it, comp at the gathering in a few weeks. Now there's an idea for a fundraiser Dave.

A recent thread revealed Doug T has a healthy head of hair.

But then again, he's got other reasons to stay spruced up at present ;-)

Fred
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Follow Up By: Member - Kiwibound eventually - Saturday, Aug 20, 2011 at 11:18

Saturday, Aug 20, 2011 at 11:18
My husband would be in the contenders to win the competition! If he doesn't have a haircut every six weeks or so he looks like a mop head! We really wanted to give the hairdresser at Weipa (there is only one salon) some acknowledgement and hopefully encourage other travelers to consider using their services.
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