How to Get a Haircut in Austria
Today, I am sharing information on how to get a haircut in Austria. When we first made the move to Austria, getting a haircut was one of the last things on my mind. More important questions such as, “how do I drive a car?” definitely took priority over “who will cut my hair now?” After my own “interesting” experience getting a haircut, I have included information one what to expect as well as useful vocabulary and expressions for the hairdresser.
After living in Austria for nearly a year and a half, I finally caved and went for my first haircut in Austria. I know what you are thinking – no haircut for a year and a half?!? What can I say, I have become somewhat talented at cutting my own hair (just kidding, I think that is just wishful thinking). When I noticed that my previous DIY haircut had resulted in uneven lengths (that’s fashionable right?…Right?…) I finally went to a hairdresser. Lucky for me, my hairdresser spoke zero English. As in, me saying “thank you” was enough for her to furrow her brow in confusion. As you can imagine, my stress level rose considerably since I speak horrible German and she spoke absolutely no English. What I communicated as “Kannst du mir die Haare schneiden? 2-3 centimeters bitte” resulted in 10 centimeters.
Needless to say, I did not get what I wanted, but at least my new hairstyle is better than when I cut my own hair. Since my hairdresser knew I spoke only a little German, she went rogue and just started doing what she wanted to do without asking any questions. I’m not too upset about it since I anticipated the experience going worst than it did.
Before going to the hairdresser, I did a quick internet search to see what information I could find about getting my hair cut in Austria. Questions like – Do you tip? What German vocabulary do I need to know? How do I avoid getting the Kate Gosselin haircut that is so popular here? etc. were very important for me to get answers to. In the end, I found some helpful articles about getting a haircut in Germany that I hoped were generalizable to Austria.
To help my fellow expats in Austria, I compiled this “How To” to help you avoid some of the mistakes I made during my first haircut in Austria.
What to Expect:
It is a good idea to make an appointment in advance. “Ich hätte gerne einen Termin für einen Haarschnitt.” I would like an appointment for a haircut.
“Cut and Go” refers to a haircut only, the hairdresser may not wash your hair or dry it for you. This option is usually the cheapest haircut.
“Full Service” refers to a hair wash, haircut, and styling.
Friseure (Hairdressers) typically have 3 years of vocational training before becoming a hairdresser.
Tipping is around 10%. Of course, you are welcome to tip more if you would like. At the salon I went to, there were boxes at the checkout counter with the hairdresser’s names on them for tips.
Haircut prices can range considerably depending on the type of salon and cut. A men’s haircut can be between 10 – 25 Euros, a woman’s haircut can be 20 Euros and up. I went with a “cut and go” and spent 25 Euros.
German Haircut Vocabulary:
Ich möchte meine Spitzen schneiden lassen. I would like to have my hair trimmed.
Ich möchte meine Haare schneiden lassen. I would like to have my hair cut.
Ich möchte meine Haare _______ färben lassen. I would like to have my hair dyed _________.
Ich möchte meine Haare stufig schneiden lassen. I would like to have layers cut in my hair.
Lang long – Kurz short
Länger longer – Kürzer shorter
What you may hear from your hairdresser:
Was kann ich für Sie heute tun? What can I do for you today?
Wann waren Sie das letzte Mal zum Schneiden? When did you have your last haircut?
Möchten Sie selbst föhnen? Would you like to blow-dry yourself?
Wie kurz soll ich schneiden? How short do you want me to cut it?
Hinten ausrasieren / mit der Maschine? Shave your neck?
Hopefully, you have more luck at the hairdresser in Austria than I did. Viel Glück!