No exact numbers are available, but the New York Times reports that the number of women who get their haircut at a barbershop is growing. One proprietor estimates that his female clientele has grown from 3 percent of his overall business to 7 percent over the course of 10 years.
Traditionally, barbers are male and specialize in simple, short haircuts for other men. This male-dominated environment discourages women from entering and keeps the number of women customers low. Some barbers even refuse to cut women's hair. However, affordability and the growing popularity of short haircuts for women are leading more women into the barbershop.