You don’t have to pay an arm and a leg (or go DIY with clipping shears and box dye) to switch up your haircut! Instead, book an appointment at one of Chicago’s teaching salons, where beauty school students learn the ropes under the watchful eye of instructors. The experience is a bit more economical than what you’d experience at a full-fledged salon, but you can’t beat the prices: At Paul Mitchell The School, for instance, you’ll pay $15 for a cut and style from the salon’s “Phase 1” junior students; the more advanced “Phase 2” students charge $21. Looking to get more than just a trim? The school also offers coloring, chemical relaxing, special occasion styling and bang trims, plus a rolodex of other services.
Wouldn’t it be nice if we could all blow our paychecks on trips to the best spas in Chicago or Michelin-starred tasting menus? You might not have thousands of dollars to spare for such indulgences, but that doesn’t mean luxury is unobtainable for those of us on a budget. We’ve put together a guide to all the ways you can treat yourself in Chicago without blowing the bank, from booking a discount spa treatment at a local beauty school to free yoga classes you can take online. And best off all, nothing on this list will cost you more than $100 (and most will cost you a lot less than that)! Get ready to feel extravagant with our list of cheap ways to treat yourself in Chicago.
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