I guess I am on the opposite side of the fence here. I just drove one hour and paid $100 for a cut and $200 in product. I have had crappy cuts my whole life and finally found someone that can cut curly hair and do it well. I tipped her $20 and am still singing her praises. I think it is well worth it to pay extra for someone that has invested the time in learning how to cut curly hair and educate me on how to care for it. It doesn't hurt that my husband has been chasing me around the house since my awesome cut.