Hi, and welcome to NC.com. I'm glad you're embracing your curls
I think you're in for a whole new world of curly love
IMO, it's definitely worth the money to have your hair cut by someone who knows and understands curls, and specializes in doing curly hair - products, cut, style, etc. If they love curls, that's a def. bonus, of course. A stylist's approach to curly hair is going to be different than their approach to straight hair, and their behavior should be a tip to how they view curls. I've had stylists at salons that cut all types of hair give me comments that I'm sure we've all heard: "your hair is so thick, how do you brush it?" "you sure do have alot of hair," "wow, your hair is soooo curly" "I'll bet it frizzes alot," etc. etc. Until I went to a curly stylist, I only once heard a stylist tell me I had nice curls - and she had curly hair that she admitted she straightened every day. And she liked to straighten mine, LOL. That was when I used to straighten mine too, so I was ok with that, but it still felt nice to have someone complement my curls.
Anyway, I understand what you're saying about the cost. The curly cut is worth the cost, but if you're on a budget, it doesn't make the cost any easier to swallow. I get that, because I don't have a job right now, so I have a hard time spending that much money on my hair too. The curly haired specialist I want to go to (the Devachan salon) is an hour or so away, so that's about $30 in gas round trip. And then the haircut is $140, and then the tip would be another $30. That's $200 when all is said and done. I cannot afford that with no job. There's another curly haired specialist that's only 20 minutes away, and she charges $50. Well, that'll cost me about $75-80 with tip, so that's a heck of alot cheaper, but I still have to save my pennies and figure out how to pay for it because of my tiny budget.
Sorry, I totally went off on a tangent and I did not mean to make that all about me
What I am trying to say is that, I understand how it doesn't matter if the cost is $30 or $300, if it's not in your budget, it's not in your budget. But I will say that I love my curly cuts, they last twice as long as a "normal" cut, and if its a good cut, three times as long, so the cost evens out. I haven't had my hair cut since the end of September, and it's just now looking like it needs to be cleaned up. I can go another couple of weeks, maybe a month, before it gets dire
That's 7 months between cuts.
Though I don't know which salon will get my money, the one closer to home that I don't have as much confidence in but is much cheaper, or the Devachan, which will probably do a stellar job at $200 total cost.
HTH and good luck. The best advice I can give you is, go with your instinct (and do your research on the salon) before forking over your cash, to make sure you'll be happy with the cut and the experience. If you get a bad vibe from the salon or the stylist, don't get the cut. If you get a good feeling when you meet with her, I think she'll give you a great cut.