How to Travel to NYC for $500 or Less! (For Her Chair His Hair Presents: Lady Barber Showcase)

In our industry it seems that we always come last. Haircuts, doctor appointments, happy hour and even a short vacation. Our clients seem to always need us when we're about to walk away and after restocking on products, sharpening shears, or covering booth rent, there seems to be very little money left to splurge. 

So how the hell are you supposed to make it to New York City for a weekend of networking, education and, ultimately, a great time at Her Chair His Hair Presents: Lady Barber Showcase?

I'm glad you asked.
 

Naturally, this varies based on where you are located and how far in advance you plan but luckily in the United States flight prices can dip unless they are in high demand. Statistically, after back to school and before Thanksgiving, many people aren't looking to travel and prices become much more affordable. 

I love to travel and I love to make last minuted decisions about where I'm going which usually results in having to squeeze here and budget there when it comes to my trips. So I thought I would share a few things to help make it financially possible to get out of your house and on the next flight to New York. (Truthfully, I just REALLY want to see your face at my event so I can hug you for all of your online support thus far!)

Travel Options

A lot of people think the only way to get somewhere else is by plane. Granted, we are working on shorter weekends than most, so typically it is best. But if you're coming from the East Coast, perhaps consider the bus?

Kiplinger.com points out 'For example, an advance-purchase Greyhound bus ticket for travel in October from Raleigh, N.C., to New York cost $45 versus $52.95 to fill up a 15-gallon tank at the average East Coast gas price of $3.53 a gallon (and you'll need to fill up more than once for a drive of that distance). A one-way Amtrak train ticket for the same route would cost $90.'

If taking a bus, or driving, is not possible and flights are the way to go, consider which airport you fly into. I've found that I can save $50-$100 flying in or out of JFK versus LGA and Newark. Which brings me to my next point.

Cross Check Flight Prices

Most people directly go to the website of their airline of choice and call it a day. I've found there are a few ways to find the ultimate flight within your budget. 

  1. Google! If you simply put in origin and destination Google will show you all different versions of flights that range in time, layovers, and price.
  2. Google comes to the rescue again. Similarly, if you find that plain old Google isn't doing it for you there is the Flight Matrix. It sounds way more complicated than it really is but if you do a little leg work you will find that you can save sometimes up to $100 on a flight with this bad boy.
  3. Points! Have a credit card that you forgot has amazing deals for spending money on it? Chase Sapphire Visa, Amex for Jetblue and Delta, and Chase Freedom are just a few cards I use to take my money already spent and turn it into a flight somewhere more exciting. I recently even booked a flight to Long Beach, California for Modown Barber Exhibit for the price of taxes ($11.20). That's it!
  4. Buddy passes. Know someone that works for an airline? More than likely they have one or two of these up their sleeve and maybe in exchange for some haircuts and beers they will be willing to help you out. Typically these are for one way so you will have to purchase another one way back but have no fear! Most airlines like American Airlines, Jetblue and Southwest love doing deals on Mondays or Tuesdays for one way flights. 

Airbnb to the Rescue!

Hotels and other traditional versions of stay in New York can run you $250 at least per night unless you're far out near the airport or in New Jersey. Why not stay down the block from the Lady Barber Showcase hosted at 28 on 27 Shoot Studio and Event Space located at 28 West 27th Street, New York, New York and in the middle of everything Manhattan has to offer?

  1. On average, to rent an entire apartment on Airbnb.com in New York will save you 21.2% and run you $180 per night. (http://priceonomics.com/hotels)
  2. If you decide to rent a room in an apartment sublet style, you will end up saving 49.5%. ALMOST HALF!
  3. If you really want to maximize your savings, you can split said Airbnb apartment with fellow barbers or friends who have always wanted to come to New York City (and see ladies kick ass while showcasing). 
  4. Want to save an extra $20? Use my referral link. No seriously, it doesn't expire and you can have it. I'm not sure if I truly even get anything for it but that's okay, I just want to see you on the 25th! 

If Airbnb still exceeds your budget, consider hostels which are a way more affordable option to hotels and require sharing some space but are typically very safe. If you're a member of Couchsurfing.com then you are all set with lodging!

Purchase Ahead of Time

This seems really obvious but a lot of people don't consider the money spent on dining out, seeing the sights and other incidentals while you're in New York. Websites like Groupon, LivingSocial, TravelZoo, and others are all about saving you money and promoting local businesses. 


Overall, if you search head to toe for the right flight and book through Airbnb, for two to three days in New York City, you can actually do the entire trip for $500. It of course helps to travel with someone else to split the expenses. But it's doable! And I hope that this will help when planning your trip to the Her Chair His Hair Presents: Lady Barber Showcase on Sunday, October 25th at 6:30 pm. (Shameless plug!)

Until Next Time,

Cassie

He's Going Bald & Here's A Few Reasons Why

At first your client loses a little thickness and then he has you style his hair differently...eventually you consider cutting it lower so it doesn't seems so bad. But what changed? Why did hair that once grew back within a week stop growing back altogether? 

Many clients of mine have sat in my chair and faced this dilemma without knowing the right questions to ask. Some feel uncomfortable broaching the subject while others make a joke about it the moment they meet me. At the end of the day it's an unfair cosmetic issue to deal with but it's not uncommon.

Androgenetic alopecia or common Male Pattern Baldness affects about 95% amount of men in America and by the age of 35 most men will have experienced some thinning or balding. So what am I promising in this article? The Holy Grail of reasons why your client is balding? How to stop it from happening? No, neither of those quite honestly. But I can point you in a few directions that will hopefully help slow it down or explain why your client may be having this problem.

Guide to Hair Restoration - Norwood Classification of Male Pattern Alopecia via www.BernsteinMedical.com

Guide to Hair Restoration - Norwood Classification of Male Pattern Alopecia via www.BernsteinMedical.com

1. Identify The Reason.

Most men just shrug and chalk up their loss of hair to bad genes. This is the biggest factor usually but I always stress to my clients the importance of having a doctor take a look from the inside as well. I am not a licensed medical professional and I cannot guarantee reasons why you are losing hair. With that being said a great way to identify cause of balding is looking at the hair pattern. If the thinning spreads across your scalp and is not only near the crown or temples then you may have an underlying health issue like hormonal or nutritional deficiencies such as thyroid problems or low iron. Like I said - go see a doctor even if you're unsure of this. 

2. Switch Shampoos!

My ladies of the chair, I have ONE question for you. Do your clients drive you up the wall when they tell you they will wash their hair with just about anything? Ok, good, me too. I love my guys, I really do because they're so open and honest about what they do or don't do for their daily grooming. A lot of men don't know the effects of terrible shampoo, heck, a lot of women don't either. Well this is the gospel: IT IS TERRIBLE FOR YOU. It doesn't always rinse out totally and may cause more build up than the actual product used like gel or pomade.

There's only one ingredient that has proven to thicken hair by reducing production of testosterone called ketoconazole. You can try Nizoral A-D which is the only nonprescription shampoo that contains it but be careful. Lather up with a quarter-sized dollop two or three times a week; any more could dry out your hair and cause breakage. Use non-irritating baby shampoo in between.

3. Eat Better.

As I mentioned above, ketoconazole reduces testosterone which can sometimes be the cause of Male Pattern Baldness. When a man eats fried foods it most likely contains a ridiculous amount of sugar which is just waiting to trigger testosterone. Enjoy your chips while watching the game but don't go overboard.

4. Don't Go Nuts Over It.

Guys who are balding tend to react a few different ways: They focus on something predictable like fashion or fitness, avoid their reflection or just accept it. Acceptance takes the stress out of hair loss while the other strategies increase it, a German study found. So don't stress it, think of it as an opportunity to have a hot towel shave that's super relaxing. 

 

I hope this is helpful to anyone seeking answers regarding men who are balding! As I mentioned, I am not a licensed professional in the medical field and I always tell my clients to go see a doctor if they are genuinely concerned so they can discuss their options. Of course aside from some of the options I have offered in this article there are multiple surgeries, scalp treatments and specialty products such as helmets and personal light devices to stimulate growth. Good luck!

Please check back Mondays and Thursdays 11 AM EST for tips, tricks, event notices and of course your favorite Lady Barbers! Last Thursday we featured Rocky 'RoqKandy' Graziano, did you check it out yet? See you there!

Always,

Cassie