SHAMPOO and blow dry? Unless you can master Cantonese your hairdresser may have just found a new way to make those locks curl. A newly opened hair salon in Lyndhurst Terrace, Central, has set up price lists based, not on the amount of hair, but on language skills. A shampoo and blow dry for English-speakers at Michell Rene Design and Beauty costs $66, but the same service for a Cantonese-speaker is a snip at $48. Cantonese-speakers pay $98 for a cut and shampoo, but English-speaking customers are expected pay an extra $28. 'We charge more because we have a 'specialist' look after them and talk to them - since they're more difficult to deal with,' a salon spokesman said yesterday. An English woman said she had asked for the 'cheaper' shampoo and blow dry, but was told she would have to pay the higher price. 'It's outrageous. They said that I would have to pay more because I was an English speaker and they would have to talk to me. 'I said, why can't I just get a shampoo and blow dry without anyone talking to me?' she fumed. Legislator and Movement Against Discrimination vice-chairman John Tse Wing-ling said the situation appeared to be genuine discrimination. 'It is the same service even though the medium of service is different. No matter what rationale is being offered, it is unjustified from the point of view of the outcome; some clients are being charged more in the end for the same service,' he said.