Tight Budgets Lead to 'Recession Hair'

"He wasn't staying perfectly still," recalled the senior McPadden. "When I was moving upward, he moved downward and 'zip'! There was a big opening. I continued to cut the rest until he had a Mohawk."

The McPaddens still laugh at the cutting crisis, but the amount of money they save annually by Ray cutting his own and his son's hair is no joke.

"[At] $12 a pop, plus you give a tip, so around $15 every 10 days, in a year's time that could be a car payment," said Ray.

Recession hair isn't all bad, though. Mohawks happen to be on trend for kids right now, and Dougherty said overly-coiffed hair looks dated.

Dougherty colors her own long brunette locks, which cascade down her back au naturel. She said during the 1950s and the 1990s, hair salons experienced a boom, but that the days of overly expensive hair may be numbered.

"I am sure there is somewhere in the world where there is a $600 haircut, but I don't know anyone who is talking about it anymore," she said. "It's incredibly tacky."

Andrea McPadden seems to have seen the light of at-home hair color. It isn't just about the money, but the principle.

"Even though I have a job and I could afford [the salon], it was just too much, at $120 a month," she said. "I can do so much with that money with my daughter and my husband."

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