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The Long and Short of Belgrade Hair Salons

I spotted this salon while walking by Belgrade Fair. It takes a lot of confidence to name your business after your customer’s worst nightmare. Then again, there’s not too much to fear from a haircut in Belgrade. Prices are low compared to U.S. salons and stylists are quite competent. If you don’t like your local salon, there’s no need to fret: Belgrade requires a hair salon for every 50 residents. Well, not really, but one might think it. There’s a salon on almost every block downtown.

Despite the large supply of hairdressers, one should always make an appointment. It doesn’t matter whether the salon has customers or not; walk-ins are considered strange. Even if no other clients are expected, don’t be surprised if a hairdresser asks you to come back in 10-15 minutes for your “appointment.” In other words, Hair Cuttery is non-existent here. I can’t say I’m depressed about that.

Most Serbian women have straight or wavy hair, so if you’ve got very curly or African-American hair you’ll need to research salons. I’d also recommend checking out one of Belgrade’s “India” shops for hair care products for especially thick or kinky hair.

The only caveat to getting your hair done in Belgrade is color. I’m told that the hair dye here is not the same quality one might find in the EU or US. Asking for hair glaze, gloss, or other fancy terms will earn you seriously puzzled looks. As a result some people buy boxes of their favorite over-the-counter dye on trips abroad. Fortunately, Belgrade’s best hair care product is free: low humidity. I might be steamy in the summer sun, but at least my hair looks cool.

Have any tips or good stories about getting hair done in Belgrade (or beyond)? Leave ’em in the comments. Off to wash my hair…


2 responses

  1. Andrej

    I think what you said primarily holds for women’s hairdresser’s. The men’s equivalent, especially the ones that are not in strogi centar are cheaper still, and no appointments are usually made. I don’t think anyone ever made one in my local hairdresser’s. 🙂 You just walk in, usually wait for about 15 minutes for the barber to finish with the previous customer, and then it’s your turn. The price is around 400 dinars (less than $5).

    July 17, 2011 at 9:55 pm

  2. You’re right, women’s hairdressers is what I know best. I do know some men who make appointments, though. I also should have talked about the time stylists spend on haircuts here–people certainly get their money’s worth, especially for $5!

    July 19, 2011 at 5:59 am

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