Somewhere in the depths of the Celtic Tiger hairdressers started to charge for blowdries as part of the cut/colour/highlight service.
It sneaked in so gradually that we didn't really notice it - but it caused the price of hairdressing services to shoot up. Pre Celtic Tiger if I wanted a half head of highlights that's what I'd pay for. During the Celtic Tiger however if I wanted a half head of highlights I paid for them - and the cost of the blowdry (that was always part of the service anyway) was added on to the charge, usually to the tune of at least another €25.
Did they ever let us leave the salon with wet hair? No they didn't so adding this charge on was downright dishonest. The only time this is a legitimate charge is if you're actually just going to the salon for a wash and blow dry
Now the times they are a changin' and that ridiculous blow dry charge seems to be dying a death. I can now get a full colour, a cut and a blowdry in a local salon for €50. A couple of years ago I would have expected to pay upwards of €100.
What about you - what are you paying? Have you noticed prices coming down?