My son's hair and I are long.

I decided to take him to barber shop.

"Where are we going?" he asked.

"We going to have a hair cut."

"We going to get a hair cut."

I said.

Do they sound natural? Before hair cut, we should use have or get?

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    You're missing an auxiliary verb: we ARE going to .... Other than that, and the fact that haircut is spelled as one word, at least in British English they're both fine. – OmarL Sep 30 '17 at 6:57

First, it's a "haircut". If you got a hair cut, that would be one hair being cut. (My mother is addicted to inane wordplay; if you were to ask if she got a haircut, she would certainly respond, "No, I got them all cut.")

Usually, when purchasing a service, an English speaker prefers "have". "I am having my car painted." "I had a kidney removed." Get sounds very informal in that context.

But when the service is expressed as an ordinary noun, it becomes much more like purchasing a product and get suddenly becomes popular. "I am getting a new paint job for my car." "I got a kidney transplant."


"I am having my hair styled."


"I am getting a haircut."

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