The best cheap haircuts in NYC

Cheap haircuts in the city aren’t always easy to find, but they can be if you go to one of these budget-friendly gems

Posh Hair Studio

Broke? Ready to chop your mop and score a cute cut for the changing of the seasons? Haircuts are just like jeans and boots. Whether you pay $20 or $200, you need to find the right fit. And while New York doesn’t lack in top-notch barbershops and hair salons, it would be nice to spend less than a Benjamin on an updated mane. That’s why we’ve mapped out the best hair salons for cheap haircuts from Manhattan to Brooklyn and Queens where you can get a cut or color (that doesn’t suck) for under $50. Now, go get fabulous, Gothamites!

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Cheap haircuts in NYC

Ana's Unisex Hair Salon

Even though this spot is a bit out of the way, it’s worth the trip for a decent cut and even more respectable prices. Both the powder-blue space and the trim itself (women $20­–$25, men $15) are frills-free, but the service includes a thorough scrub at the washing station and a simple blow dry, that will showcase your newly snipped style perfectly. Added bonus: Ana takes walk-ins.


Arrojo Studio

Since Arrojo is one of the city’s finest salons, you can trust that the assistants are just as capable of chopping your locks as one of the senior stylists. Call ahead to schedule an appointment with an assistant for a cut ($25), single process color ($30) or highlights ($45) in order for the seniors-in-training to fully master their craft. You won’t regret it.

West Village

Aveda Institute New York

Just like Arrojo, the hair experts from Aveda offer a similar promotion, where you can book a cut ($18) or color (starting at $35) with a supervised student. Just call to book an appointment (877-283-3229).

West Village

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 while walk-ins are welcome, it’s just as easy to score a same-day appointment by calling ahead. 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.


Dramatics NYC

Going in for a chop at this theater-themed salon (there are nine locations!) does not require an appointment. In fact, don’t even bother booking ahead because the NYC chainlet reserves a special flat rate for walk-ins ($25 for a wash and cut; appointments include a shampoo, cut and style for $35–$50). Blowouts are an additional $10 to $30, but a custom braid or bun is on the house.

Union Square

Maria's Hair Salon

From the unassuming storefront to the Saved by the Bell–style paint job inside, it would be easy to overlook Maria Papadelis’s pared-down Greenpoint salon 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 environment 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 more than two decades.


Posh Hair Studio

The stylists at this galactic-inspired space receive high praise for their attention to a customer’s needs. Just to up the ante, the Queens spot also provides iPads and bubbly, plus owner Irina Patrascu’s senior stylists deliver the type of cut ($25, without blowdry; Start at $50 with blowdry) that keeps you coming back for more—no champagne necessary.



Appointments are required at stylist Ming Chiu’s salons, but it’s worth calling ahead for high-quality cuts and relatively low prices (men $30, women $35–$40). There’s an abundance of gossip magazines, oh, and wine, to enjoy during your service, and all chops come with a complimentary wash using Tigi Bed Head products and a scalp massage. A blow-dry finish will run an extra $10–$15.

East Village


Elizabeth S

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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

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 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!