Does shelling out three figures for a haircut make you cringe? Schedule an appointment with a stylist-in-training for a fraction of the price of what a more experienced stylist would charge. Most services cost around $20 and some are even free – if you don’t mind a bit of waiting. Make an appointment for a wallet-friendly student cut at these NYC salons. By Sarah Shaker.
Shampoo Avenue B is accepting men and women models for the apprenticeship program held every Tuesday at their East Village shop. Their students are licensed professionals by the State of New York with at least 2 years of hands-on-training, working to sharpen their skills and perfect their craft under Carlos Ortiz, Director of Education. Models must pay a $20 cash fee. This is a cutting-only program at this time. Contact the salon via email with your preferred Tuesdays!
Hair Rules Salon
Hair Rules New York is seeking models for their advanced training program. Take advantage of free cuts and styles or get adventurous with chemical services for only $25. Men and women of all ages and hair lengths are welcome. Just give their team a call describing your hair texture and the type of services you’re willing to try and you may be one of their next hair models!
Aveda Institute trains artists in the salon and spa industries, providing you with a range of discounted services from hair to skin care. Make an appointment with supervised students for a cut, color or spa treatment at a reduced rate, delivered with the signature Aveda experience that clients expect from their professional staff. Make an appointment for a $20 cut and style and add on a $20 makeup application for your next big night out on a not-so-big budget.
Dramatics has nine locations throughout NYC, but it’s at their 23rd Street salon, where free student haircuts are offered on Mondays. Here’s the catch: The cuts are for a class, so the students will handpick whose hair they want to cut based off of what they’re currently learning. Got a day to kill? Arrive promptly at 10:30am, and be prepared to stay until 1pm.
Bumble and Bumble
Sign up at BBU Model Project for a pre-evaluation for an invite to the model call. If you are chosen as a model, you’ll enjoy a free haircut. Once you’ve had your cut, you’ll be submitted for the color model call, if you’re interested in free color as well! When visiting the salon for your free cut, check out their large selection of popular hair care and styling products available for purchase.
Parlor education days build their salon apprentices skill set to become full members of the Parlor Beauty Squad. Appointments are available at their Avenue B salon on Mondays at 1, 3, and 5pm. Haircuts start at $20. On a tighter budget? One length bobs are complimentary, as they are cornerstones for all cuts. If you’re interested in color, highlights start at $40. You must be flexible and not in a rush as haircuts take up to 2 hours and color can take up to 3 ½ hours.
Sarah Shaker is the founder of the blog Bright Lights, My City.