These photos explain why Korean men spend so much money on their hair

Among men from all over the world, Korean men have been known to spend a disproportionately large amount of money and time on their hair.

While many Korean men have been known to perm their hair, others reach out to top celebrity stylists to find the perfect cut for them, and constantly manage their hair with various hair products and shampoos.

Below is the price list of a popular men’s specialty barber shop located in Seoul, Gangnam

For a simple haircut, the prices vary from 33,000 won to 88,000 won, approximately $30 US to $80 US. The price depends on the skill level of the barbers you select and many Korean men choose to pay the extra $50 in order to receive the best haircut.

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The hair expenses don’t however just stop there, many Korean men also pay for services such as perming or dying their hairs. Some also choose to get their hair styled by professionals on special occasions.

A perm usually costs around 135,000 won, approximately $120 US and comes with the additional cost of 40,000 won or $35 US to get a “down perm” which prevents the hairs on your side from spiking up and ruining your style.

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Although this may seem like a hassle, it’s been proven that especially among Korean men, hair styling has a major effect on looks. In fact, many of the Korean music industry’s top male idols have made the most extreme transformations with just a simple hair style change. Check out some of the most drastic ones below:

ZE:A Hyungsik

Hyungshik before haircut/ Instiz
Hyungsik before haircut/ Instiz

Hyungshik after haircut/ Instiz
Hyungsik after haircut/ Instiz

Hyungshik after haircut/ Instiz
Hyungsik after haircut/ Instiz

SHINee Minho

Minho before haircut/ Instiz
Minho before haircut/ Instiz

Minho before haircut/ Instiz
Minho before haircut/ Instiz

Jonghyun after haircut/ Instiz
Jonghyun after haircut/ Instiz

Jonghyun after haircut/ Instiz
Jonghyun after haircut/ Instiz

EXO Chanyeol

Chanyeol before haircut/ Instiz
Chanyeol before haircut/ Instiz

Chanyeol before haircut/ Instiz
Chanyeol before haircut/ Instiz

Chanyeol after haircut/ Instiz
Chanyeol after haircut/ Instiz

Chanyeol after haircut/ Instiz
Chanyeol after haircut/ Instiz

VIXX Hongbin

Hongbin before haircut/ Instiz
Hongbin before haircut/ Instiz

Hongbin before haircut/ Instiz
Hongbin before haircut/ Instiz

Hongbin after haircut/ Instiz
Hongbin after haircut/ Instiz

Hongbin after haircut/ Instiz
Hongbin after haircut/ Instiz

Block B Zico

Zico before haircut/ Instiz
Zico before haircut/ Instiz

Zico before haircut/ Instiz
Zico before haircut/ Instiz

Zico after haircut/ Instiz
Zico after haircut/ Instiz

Zico after haircut/ Instiz
Zico after haircut/ Instiz

JYJ Yoochun

Yoochun before haircut/ Instiz
Yoochun before haircut/ Instiz

Yoochun before haircut/ Instiz
Yoochun before haircut/ Instiz

Yoochun after haircut/ Instiz
Yoochun after haircut/ Instiz

Yoochun after haircut/ Instiz
Yoochun after haircut/ Instiz

CNBLUE Jonghyun

Jonghyun before haircut/ Instiz
Jonghyun before haircut/ Instiz

Jonghyun before haircut/ Instiz
Jonghyun before haircut/ Instiz

Jonghyun after haircut/ Instiz
Jonghyun after haircut/ Instiz

Jonghyun after haircut/ Instiz
Jonghyun after haircut/ Instiz

Source: Instiz