Want to go back to school with a whole new look? Here are five salons that won’t break the bank so you can feel your best without worrying about your budget. By Carly Petrone.

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(credit: aveda.edu)

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Let one of the talented students at the Aveda Institute New York give you a haircut and blow dry starting at just $28. It’s a win-win as they get to hone their skills while you can try out a new do without breaking the bank. Expert stylists will be supervising your appointment so no need to feel nervous. You can even pamper yourself and exfoliate your skin with a Pure Focus Express Facial for $25. Yes, please.

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(credit: Facebook/PoshStudioVIP)

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Head over to Posh Hair Studio in Queens for a $25 haircut. Senior stylists roam the salon so you know you’re going to walk out feeling great, whether it’s just a quick trim or a completely new look. Stick around for a manicure or enjoy a deep conditioning scalp treatment for just $25. Sit back with a glass of champagne and catch up on emails if you’d like – they provide iPads to all of their customers. Score!

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(credit: Facebook/Laura Braunstein)

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The upper west side is home of the Laura Braunstein Salon, a great find for anyone looking for a cut and color by professionals trained in Vidal Sassoon precision techniques. Sip on delicious cocktails while adding dimension and vibrancy to your hair. Haircuts with an Emerging Artist start at $65 while an appointment with a Creative Director will run you $100. Grab a train uptown and get a new look for fall.

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(credit: Facebook/FoxandJane)

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Step into the fun and funky Fox & Jane salon in the East Village and you’re not only guaranteed a great haircut but a great experience. Owners and best friends Lorean Cairns and Billy Canu opened up shop in order to bring a sense of family to the salon industry. In fact, the name is inspired by British Pubs that have been named after local fables. Haircuts (with a blow out) start at $64 while a quick clean up for those with short hair will only cost you $33. Sip on a glass of wine or beer and enjoy the friendly service.

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(credit: statenisland.paulmitchell.edu)

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Those willing to take a ferry ride to Staten Island will be rewarded with a $15 haircut at the Paul Mitchell Academy. Make sure to follow their blog in order to stay up to date on monthly promotions like the Man Up – men can stop in on Thursdays for an $8 haircut or Treat Yourself Tuesdays – bring in a friend and both of you will receive a haircut and blow-dry for the price of one. Appointments may take a bit longer but teachers will stand by your hairstylist to make sure you’re getting exactly what you want.

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Carly Petrone is a freelance writer living in New York City.

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