Part 1: Listen and Read: Listen to the recording on hair salons, answer the questions, and then read along with the audio recording.
Whenever I need a haircut, I go to a beauty salon near my house. Making an appointment is generally recommended, but not required because they take people on a first-come, first-serve basis. They have very qualified beauticians who always do a good job. I never want anything fancy, so I usually get them to cut a little off the top and sides, and trim off any split ends. The hairstylist will usually wash my hair, towel dry it, and comb my hair out before starting to cut my hair. Then, once a year, I get a perm to put some body in my hair. I also have them add a little coloring to my hair. I have naturally brown hair, but I like it when it’s a little lighter. As a rule, I tip the hairstylist because she always cuts my hair the way I like it.
Part 2: Discussion
Describe the type of haircut you usually get. How much does it cost? Where do you have it done: by a friend, at a hair salon, or elsewhere? Are their rules or policies on how students and employees can style their hair in your country?
Part 3: Online Investigation
Search the Internet for three hair salons that offer competing services? Compare price, years in business, reputation, and other services, and then decide which salon you would rather visit to have your hair cut.
Online Listening Practice (from www.esl-lab.com):