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Academy of Cosmetology and Esthetics/Paul Mitchell Partner School
Under the supervision of a certified instructor, students at two levels are on hand to tend to you. Phase-one students offer a wash and blowout for just $10, and you can add on a cut for $15. The students in phase two provide the same services for $12 and $20 respectively. Sit back and relax with a free five-minute scalp treatment with every haircut. 187 New Dorp Ln at 9th St, Staten Island (718-979-9001, theacademynyc.com)

Carsten Institute of Cosmetology
Make an appointment with graduating students from this reliable institute and pay only $20 for a haircut. Coloring is cheap too: Single process starts at $39, partial highlights start at $39, or full highlights start at $54. 22 East 17th St between Fourth and Fifth Aves, second floor (212-675-4884)

Parlor
Call and answer some quick questions with the receptionist to register for Parlor's education days (Mondays). If you're selected, you'll receive a cut ($20) or color ($30--$50) by one of three apprentices or the salon's new talented stylist. 102 Ave B between 6th and 7th Sts (212-673-5520).

Younghee Salon
Submit your name and hair type to this trendy salon for a $15 signature cut, and wait for one of Younghee's eight stylists to give you a call. 64 North Moore St between Greenwich and Hudson Sts (212-334-3770, youngheesalon.com)

Beehive Salon
On Mondays and Wednesdays, you can receive a low-cost cut ($40) from any of the new stylists at Williamsburg's Beehive Salon. When you're there, ask a stylist for a punch card, and when you rack up ten visits you'll earn a half-priced haircut. 115 North 7th St between Berry and Wythe Sts, Williamsburg, Brooklyn (718-782-8376, thebeehivesalon.com).

Empire Beauty School
Get a wash, cut and blow-dry at the exceptionally low price of $8.32. (Random number, we know.) Just add $5 if your hair lands below your shoulders. 22 W 34th St between Fifth and Sixth Aves (212-923-4000, empire.edu)

Aveda Institute New York Inc
Book an appointment for a $20 cut, wash, blow-dry and styling from this botanical beauty product leader and you'll get complimentary aromatherapy (the products smell that good) and phototherapy thanks to the sunlight that beams through the salon's large windows. Appointments are accepted Tuesdays through Saturdays. 233 Spring St between Sixth Ave and Varick St (212-807-1492, avedainstituteny.com)

Atlas Barber School Inc
This friendly barber school offers men a quick, cheap shave ($2), and cuts and shampoos (plus blowouts) for both sexes ($5 each). 34 Third Ave between 9th and 10th Sts (212-475-1360, atlasbarbersch.com)

Style and Smile Salon
Though Igor, the owner, isn't exactly full of smiles, his styling skills aren't too shabby. To entice passersby, there's a neon sign in the window that announces whether or not he's in at the moment, but walk-ins aren't out of luck if Igor's out—there are plenty of other speedy cutters on standby. Cuts start at $16 for men and $20 for ladies. 167 W 21st St between Sixth and Seventh Aves (212-813-6925)

Astor Place Hairstylists
This Astor Place institution started in 1947 as a five-chair barbershop and has since grown to include 75 chairs. And somehow, it manages to retain a familiar, old-timey feel. You can't make an appointment; just take a number and wait outside with the crowd. (Sundays are typically less crowded, and the wait rarely exceeds ten minutes.) Haircuts take 20 minutes or less and start at just $15. They also offer perms, color, braiding, extensions and Japanese straightening—all at equally reasonable prices. It's exactly what you'd expect from a small-town barbershop. 2 Astor Pl at Broadway (212-475-9854, astorplacehairnyc.com).

Jeffrey Stein Salon
Receive 30 percent off all services when booking an appointment with one of Jeffrey Stein's junior stylists. 685 Third Ave at 43rd St (212-557-0005).

Louis Licari
Make an appointment to be a hair model at this chic salon for a $35 cut with a trained assistant instead of the typical cut, which ranges from $130 to $300. They accept models every Monday at 5:30pm. 693 Fifth Ave at 54th St (212-758-2090, louislicari.com)

Paul LaBrecque Salon
Assistants get to practice every Monday and Tuesday night from 6 to 9pm. During this time, you can sign up for $20 cuts, $30 color and $40 highlight sessions. 171 E 65th St between Lexington and Third Aves (212-988-7816, paullabrecque.com)

Priv Salon
If you can wait two to three weeks for a cut, call to make an appointment with Priv Salon, and when they get to your name, you'll receive any service by an assistant for the reduced price of $35. Hair model sessions are Wednesday 6--7pm. 310 West Broadway between Canal and Grand Sts (212-274-8888, privesalon.com)

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Hair Stylist
Hair Stylist

Hello Models! Salon Shape is offering affordable cut, color and keratin/Brazilian treatment by an experienced junior stylist this week from Tuesday June 19th to Saturday June 23rd. This is not a class so you can choose any cut/color you want. These are our great deals: Haircut $30 (regular $65) Single Process $55 (regular $95) Highlights –half $80 (regular $150) Highlights –full $110 (regular $200) Double Process $95 (regular $160) Keratin/Brazilian $200 (regular $350) All services include a free blow dry and all color services include a free gloss/toner where needed. To book an appointment please email CityHairDesign@gmail.com WITH A PICTURE AND/OR DESCRIPTION OF YOUR HAIR AND PICTURE AND/OR DESCRIPTION OF THE LOOK YOU WANT. ALSO, PLEASE LEAVE YOUR CELL # SO WE CAN REACH YOU. We are a Paul Mitchel salon. Visit us and enjoy highest quality products and great service at a price that doesn’t bite. Looking forward to meeting you!

June
June

Honestly I can not recommend these schools. Both times I've been to one, either I got a bowl haircut standing up (wth) or orange highlights that were painted all across unprofessionally. I can do a better job than some of these people...

sue
sue

Carsen's is the best with a great price. The stylist listened and took notes regarding my hair problems. She met with her instructor, then got to business with a lovely head massasge, followed by a shampoo and cut. The instructor inspected the cut and made some minor adjustments, wrapped up by styling. Best cut and attention that I've ever had for my hair. Everytime I visit Manhattan, I'll make a point to schedule an appointment with Carsten's. By the way, I have "Jane Jetson" hair - two humps with a wing of the bangs (while some stylists have gotten rid of the humps, most have not gotten rid off the wing bangs). This was one of the first cuts that took care of that problem. The instructor explained why I had the problem and what needed to be done to correct it. Thank you Carsten's (and the