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Best cheap haircuts

The most affordable haircuts we found in the city–all under $40.

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Ana’s Unisex Hair Salon

Opened in 2002, this simple shop—located on a residential street—may be a bit out of the way, but it’s worth the trip for a decent cut and even more respectable prices. Don’t bother making an appointment, since owner Ana prefers walk-ins. Luckily, you’ll hardly ever encounter a wait—even on a recent Saturday afternoon, patrons were attended to right away at one of three stations. Both the powder-blue space and the trim itself (women $15–$20, men $12) are frills-free, but the service includes a thorough scrub using AG Hair shampoo and conditioner at the lone washing station. The paltry price also covers a quick finger-combed blow-dry, but you can tack on $15 to your bill for a blowout that truly showcases your newly snipped style. • (718-274-6620)—Kristina Rodulfo

Baishi Beauty Salon

This bustling, gimmick-free shop operates with the speed and efficiency of the restaurants that surround it. Owner Baishi Huang putters about the tiny space, sweeping up hair and whisking incoming customers into one of its seven chairs. Any complaint about the spartan environs will be curbed by the salon’s central promise: $8 haircuts for men, $10 for women, $13 for long hair (add $3 for a shampoo); no appointment necessary. There’s potential for a language barrier here, so anyone hoping to communicate anything beyond a simple cut or trim may want to bring a picture. From there, it’s scissors, a spray bottle of water to wet down hair and 10 or 15 minutes of time; results may vary, though the harried and frugal among us will be happy just counting the time and money saved. • (212-587-3305)—Matthew Love

Casablanca Hair Salon

It’s worth the 30-minute subway ride from midtown for a bargain wash-and-cut (women $25, men $15) at this no-fuss Astoria spot. The family-owned business has been around since 1999, and currently employs five stylists to preside over its seven hair stations. Walk-ins are welcome, but it’s just as easy to score a same-day appointment. While you shouldn’t expect pampering, you will receive a straightforward, solid haircut. Note that if you don’t want to leave with sopping strands, you’ll have to fork over an extra $10 to $15, depending on hair length, for an accompanying blow-dry (a blowout on its own costs $25 to $35). On your way out, grab the products that your stylist used on your mane, including Moroccanoil conditioners ($30), Keratin Complex shampoos ($15–$20) and Tresemmé hairspray ($8). • (718-932-0500)—Elizabeth Denton

Dramatics NYC

Busy urbanites in need of a last-minute chop can head to any of this theater-themed salon’s nine locations, no appointment required. In fact, it behooves you not to book ahead: The NYC chainlet reserves a special flat-rate price for walk-ins ($25 for a wash and cut; appointments include a shampoo, cut and style for $35 to $50). Since multiple stylists—who all have whimsical “stage names” like Dragon and Sangria—staff each of the flatteringly lit, warm-toned shops, there’s usually no wait. After a consultation, clients get shampooed and conditioned with the salon’s proprietary product line ($6–$60), which includes volumizing, curl-enhancing and moisture-rich formulas, along with sulfate-free options for colored locks. Most styles are executed on wet hair, although particularly delicate jobs, such as bangs, get a quick dry before being trimmed. Blowouts are additional $10 to $30 depending on hair length and texture, but even without one, you won’t have to brave the sidewalk with a just-showered look—a customized product application and a simple French braid or bun are on the house. • Visit dramaticsnyc.com—Carolyn Stanley

Kim’s Hair Salon

With 25 years of hairstyling under her belt, owner Misuk Kim attracts people from all five boroughs to her cozy, five-chair salon. Walk-ins are welcome, with little to no wait, but you’d be well advised to bring along a photo of your desired look, since there may be a bit of a language barrier. The price of a haircut ($15) is based on length and includes a wash with Italian or Japanese styling products. Blowouts (rates vary) are available if you’d rather not leave with dripping locks. • (718-424-3780)—Esther Shechtman

Louis Licari

A haircut at this esteemed Fifth Avenue salon, opened 25 years ago by painter-turned-colorist Louis Licari, is normally a major splurge ($130–$530). But on Monday nights, those willing to be a model for stylists-in-training can score a cut for just $35. Once 5:30pm rolls around, everybody knows the routine: Clients don black capes and wait (up to 30 minutes) for the evening’s trainees to round up their respective models, who have made the appointment in advance by phone, and march them to the 52-seat second floor. After assessing your hair type and desired cut, assistants run their proposed strategy by their instructor, then get to work executing it with intense concentration. The same top-notch products—Phyto 9 preblowout styling cream and gentle relaxer Phytodéfrisant from French botanical line Phyto, and Oribe Royal Blowout heat-styling spray—used in the salon during the day are employed on Monday nights. Models can expect a fastidious—if also time-consuming—experience (budget two hours for your shampoo and styling, plus your wait). Since the assistants are already certified and only here to take their skills to the next level, you don’t need to worry about rookie mistakes on your mane. Although reservations are required, cancellations happen all the time, so it doesn’t hurt to call last-minute on a lark. • (212-758-2090, louislicari.com)—Lee Magill

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Maria’s Hair Salon

Maria Papadelis’s pared-down salon has been a Greenpoint institution for nearly eight years. From the unassuming storefront to the Saved by the Bell–style paint job inside, it would be easy to overlook this spot after a cursory glance. But you’d be remiss to disregard it, since you can snag a high-grade haircut for as little as $20 (with wash $25, with blow-dry $33, long hair with blow-dry $40). The environs may be modest, but rest assured you’re in good hands: Papadelis studied hairdressing for three years in her native Poland, and has been manning the scissors for two decades. Stylists at the four-chair salon use products by Tresemmé, L’Oréal, Revlon and Clairol. Though Maria’s does take walk-ins, the wait can take anywhere from a few minutes to three hours, so we recommend booking in advance—especially for evenings and weekends. • (718-389-3324)—Jenna Scherer

Mike & Son Hairstylists

This airy Tribeca salon is run by Albert Babaev, the scion of the spot’s namesake. But the apple didn’t fall far from the tree—the eponymous father plies his trade at Mike & Son Barbers a block away on Church Street. Babaev has retained the cheerful, unpretentious atmosphere of his dad’s joint while updating the setting with recessed lighting, two wall-mounted flatscreen TVs, an upbeat Pandora playlist, and gray consoles set with lime-green accents. The space was originally intended for gents only, but a profusion of women walk-ins soon changed that. A straightforward dry cut is priced by the length of hair, regardless of gender: Those with short strands will get away with paying $15, while shoulder-length manes will cost $20. But even those with thick hair down their back will sneak in under $40—cuts top out at $35, no matter what. Walk-ins are welcome and should be in the stylist’s seat within 20 minutes, although we recommend booking ahead if you’re after a particular stylist (Babaev cuts by appointment only; Amelia and Maria specialize in dry cuts; Michelle can take care of thick, coarse locks; and Rose tames kinky hair). There’s also gratis tea and coffee (the latter from the Dunkin’ Donuts on the corner) to sip while you wait. • (212-227-6116, mikeandsonhair.com)—Jonathan Shannon

Roman’s Unisex Hair Salon

Bay Ridge residents swear by this spartan storefront. The tiny 14-year-old establishment, owned by Roman Batyrov, is outfitted with four salon chairs and a washing station in the back, and offers dirt-cheap cuts ($15 for both men and women, which includes a shampoo and condition using Matrix products). Ladies who opt for a blow-dry with their chop can expect to throw down $20 to $25, depending on the length of their hair. The staff is friendly and attentive, if not particularly chatty, and Roman’s simple digs (black-and-white cutting stations, framed magazine-ad cutouts, pop-music soundtrack) suggest that the spot hasn’t changed a lot since opening in 1997. Walk-ins are always welcome, but appointments are strongly suggested for weekend services. • (718-748-7829)—Tim Lowery


Appointments aren’t required at stylist Ming Chiu’s five-year-old salons, but patrons will often find the chairs at both locations filled with regulars, drawn by Tease’s high-quality cuts and relatively low prices (men $30, women $35–$40). That said, a typical wait is only about 15 minutes, and there’s an abundance of gossip magazines (Us Weekly, People) to help you pass the time. All chops come with a complimentary wash using Tigi BedHead products and a scalp massage. A blow-dry finish will run an extra $10–$15, so you may want to call ahead for a dry cut, which is available by request. 199 Second Ave between 12th and 13th Sts (212-725-7088) • 92 Elizabeth St between Grand and Hester Sts (212-741-8855)—Andrew Frisicano


F8 Q
F8 Q

My tips are to tip well to hairstylists, then they will recognize you. You will be treated very well in the future. It doesn't matter whether you go to high-end salons or $10 salons.


Just got my haircut at Ray's Barbershop at Parkplace, Financial District - paid $18 and got the best haircut I ever done, even better then the one that was made by my stylist. Very happy, very cool, cheap and super fast. I walked in with no appointment, was seated right-away and in 20 minutes looked like a model from GQ. Surprised you don't have it listed here.


Hi! I'm from the Netherlands and coming to NYC (february 25th). I really want to dip dye my Hair. Does anyone have a suggestion where to find the best (and not too expensive) hairdresser located in New York City? Thank you!


Just got my haircut at Kims $15 and she did a great job... took her about 15 minutes, its a little rough, but the style is good!

Hair Stylist
Hair Stylist

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. Visit us and enjoy highest quality products and great service at a price that doesn’t bite. Looking forward to meeting you!