The haircut, the basic of all hair grooming acts, can come anywhere between practical frugality and stylish squandering. When it comes to hair spending, there are many people who confessed not willing to pay for a cent to cut strands that will grow back anyway. In contrast, there are those who have actually spent an equivalent to a home down payment just to tame their mane. So what are the most expensive haircuts ever, and whose heads do these mega manes adorn?
We rounded up a list of individuals who have consciously and willingly spent extravagantly for a not-so-simple haircut, a mix of men and women who represent the hair-raising price range. Here’s our list, from the so expensive up to the so overpriced.
1. Anne Hathaway
Director Tim Hooper wanted a really savage haircut using a knife to make Anne’s languishing Fantine look realistic. West End actress Nicola Sloane was entrusted with “hacking” the hair in the scene where Fantine sells her hair in exchange for an embarrassing sum.
The award-winning actress cried buckets after the shoot for the murdered hair which she’s been growing for three years. But contrary to Fantine’s fate, Anne’s brave act in the service of her art was rewarded with a $8 million paycheck. That makes it the most expensive haircut in Hollywood to date.
2. John Paul Dejoria
In January 2005, John Paul Dejoria, a hair care guru himself and co-founder of the hair care company John Paul Mitchell Systems had his trademark ponytail cut off at a price of $40,000! The extravagant chop was executed by Liza Geebons who is famous not as a hairstylist but as a TV personality. Although Dejoria is worth $4 billion, his family and friends also contributed to the haircutting “fee,” which went to the International Red Cross for the benefit of the victims of the tsunami in Asia.
3. Sultan Hassanal Bolkiah
The haircut of Sultan Hassanal Bolkiah of Brunei is on our fourth most expensive list, as the royalty pays an average of €24,000 (or roughly $31,000) to his favorite “barber” Ken Modestou from the salon of Dorchester Hotel in London. To get his job done, Modestou is flown first class to where the Sultan is. The fee may be so much to drool for those whose annual income sums up to that figure, but for the sultan whose estimated net worth is $17 billion, it’s just a drop of water in the ocean. Lucky Modestou has been in charge of the sultan’s royal mane for 16 years.4. David Beckham
Recently retired soccer superstar David Beckham got his rich, somewhat long mass of hair cut and softened as requirement for his endorsement contract with Brylcreem, the hair cream for gents’ sleek, smart hairstyle. The price: $6,000. The look is to give Brylcreem a lift of modernity, promoting it not just as men’s hair cream for classic well-groomed hair but for modern, sporty men as well.
Rihanna definitely gets a spot for the most expensive haircut due to the frequency of the hair services she requires from celebrity hairstylist Ursula Stephen. Rihanna reportedly requires almost a week of continuous hair care, topmost of which is cutting her hair here and there to achieve the ever-changing daring styles she sports on and off stage. The fee comes up to almost $2,000 a week.