We all know that most things in NYC aren't cheap, especially quality haircuts. But you can get your locks trimmed, colored, and styled at the city's top salons if you're willing to let a hairstylist-in-training work on you. It's a win-win situation: the hairstylist gets to learn their craft, and you get a new hairstyle at a trendy salon without spending an obscene amount of money. Check out these salons:
At the Aveda Institute, you can get a haircut for $20, which is practically a steal in expensive SoHo. It also offers discounted services for the rest of your body, such as waxing and makeup application.
For the truly thrifty, Bumble and bumble's Meatpacking District location offers free (yes, free) haircuts, color treatments, and styling. The catch? You don't necessarily get to choose what happens to your hair. Depending on the day and your specific hair type, you may get a graduated bob or long layers, or foil highlights or single process with signature, or a chignon or a French twist--among many other possibilities.
And don't worry, Staten Islanders--you don't have to hop on the ferry for a chic yet cheap hairstyle. Just head to The Academy of Cosmetology and Esthetics, a Paul Mitchell Partner School. It offers haircuts for as little as $15 and includes a stress-relieving scalp treatment as part of the package.