Best salons for short cuts

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Kropps and Bobbers
Botched bob jobs tend to fall in one of two categories: Posh Beckham wanna-be or '90s mom (for reference, watch My So-Called Life). But you won't fall victim to either at this sassily named salon. While the stylists do by-the-book long haircuts, many girls who have walked in with Marcia Brady--like hair have found themselves happily exiting with much shorter, chin-length tresses. Also on offer are many hipster-friendly services you'd expect to find on the Lower East Side: dreadlock maintenance ($75 per hour), extensions ($400) and healing massages ($80 for 60 minutes) top the list. 119 Ludlow St between Delancey and Rivington Sts (212-260-6992,

Crops for Girls
"I only do short hair because you can be so much more creative," says owner Michael Damico. "Girls with long hair only want one simple cut these days, but short hair allows for much funkier designs." His short-hair-only salon has existed for about six years, and while he's the sole stylist at this time, Damico is looking to hire a colorist to help him accommodate women who want to change the hue of their tresses. Cuts with Damico are between $45 and $50 (or $35 for students), but there are two ways to get styled for free: "If you have long hair and want to switch to short, or if you say I can do whatever I want." 437 E 9th St between First Ave and Ave A (212-677-2772,

Bumble and bumble
The hair industry has had a roller-coaster relationship with the razor—one minute they hate it, the next, they love it. While the rest of the biz tries to pick a side, Bumble and bumble has championed the shear alternative since 1987 when stylist Howard McLaren joined the company and realized that razors could be used to create stellar geometric bobs. Since then, Bumble and bumble stylists have been crafting precise, choppy and piecey crops. Another advantage to cutting on the razor's edge is that it creates low-maintenance styles that continue to look good even as they grow out. Cuts with a junior stylist start at $91, and there's also a salon uptown) so you never have to schlep too far. 415 W 13th St between Ninth Ave and Washington St (212-521-6500,; 146 E 56th St between Lexington and Third Aves (212-521-6500)

Dickson Hairshop
A satisfied TONY staffer with a punky pixie cut tells us this place is "a hair dream come alive." But why? "It's extremely well priced and cheaper than the places I've tried in Williamsburg. And by far the most laid-back atmosphere." Cuts start at $40 for men and $60 for women, plus they serve complimentary whiskey. 137 Allen St between Delancey and Rivington Sts (212-260-5625,

At Ricky's drugstores you'll find all the things you need to create your own saucy, vixenish or queeny style—shelves stocked with neon hair dye, feather boas and some unmentionable items that would turn your mom's hair gray(er). But if you're not the DIY type, you can put yourself in the capable hands of Ricky's-approved stylists who'll help you look like a St. Marks punk circa 1982—or something tamer if that's what you're into—at one of the chain's in-store hair salons. Get a choppy 'do ($50 and up) or an intense color job ($50 and up) at one of their three locations. And if you're a first-timer, you can log on to their website to print a coupon for 10 percent off your first visit. Various locations throughout the city,


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