Now that I live in Panama I had to find a new person to do haircuts and color. My first thought was to ask everyone I know who they recommend. But when I did that I got mostly recommendations for people who would come to my house or I could go to theirs. Not very professional but it was cheap… only $30 for a haircut and highlights.
So, PLAN B was to spot people with good haircuts and highlights and ask where they got their hair done. The same name came up over and over again so I made an appointment at a Salon in downtown Boquete. They have several stylists and all the fancy equipment you’d expect to see in a salon. But still, it’s a little scary going to a new person.
Since I don’t speak Spanish YET, I wrote out exactly what I wanted done then put in in Google Translate so I could give it to them in Spanish. They read my printout then said, in perfect English,” so you want highlights, lowlights, and a haircut. How much would you like trimmed off?”
The costs for a shampoo, haircut, highlights, low lights was $50. I also got a manicure and pedicure for an additional $13. And.. they did a GREAT JOB!
The same thing would have cost $150 – $200 in Texas
Yes, you really can live for less in Panama and still find quality professionals IF you do your due diligence.