Haircuts can be really pricey but they don’t have to cost a ton. When I was first hired at my last job, I decided to celebrate by splurging on a super expensive cut at a fancy salon-I’d never had a posh salon haircut so I wanted to see if it was any different from my regular average salon. I probably spent $250, including tip, on a wash, cut, and blow-dry for what ended up being a mediocre haircut. Yes, they brought me fancy tea while I was waiting, and the surroundings were quite posh, but I felt no hotter walking out of the expensive salon than I did after a normal $50 cut at my neighborhood salon. I decided then and there that I would try to find a great haircut for even less.
Luckily, a co-worker came in with a cute new ‘do a couple weeks later, and when I asked where she got it, she let me in on a little secret-she was a patron of the Aveda Institute in NYC. I looked it up online and found a great salon menu with shockingly low prices. I love Aveda products (a lot of them are vegan!) so I was excited to have a chance to experience an Aveda salon without a crazy price tag.
A few months later, I booked an appointment and after that cut, i knew I had found my new salon. For about $25 (including tip), I got the total lux salon experience (tea included)! I have been back many times over the past few years and have always had a great experience. I even had an updo done for a wedding once and it was beautiful-I got a ton of complements!
A couple of tips to help you avoid becoming a beauty school dropout:
-Weekend appointments tend to get booked pretty far in advance, so you may have a better shot at getting a weekday appointment if you need a trim ASAP.
-The stylists are students in training, but everything is monitored by their teachers, so no need to worry about hair disasters.
-Since the students need to consult with their advisors, these cuts take a bit longer than you may be used to (maybe 15 minutes longer), but the results and the savings are worth it!
-There are Aveda Institutes in many cities around the U.S. To see if there is one near you, look here .
-If you are offered an aromatherapy scalp massage, SAY YES!
posted by K