The Best Cheap Haircuts In New York City

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Haircuts are kind of like jeans. Whether you spend $30 or $300, you have to find the right fit — but there's nothing like scoring Vetements quality for Levi's prices.
Finding an affordable salon in New York City can take a ton of research. Luckily, we scoured all five boroughs and came up with hidden hair gems, where, for less than $100, you'll score a haircut worth more than three times the price. In a few cases, you'll even get a glass of Champagne or a cocktail to sip as you get the hair of your dreams.
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Sound too good to be true? It's not, we promise. Give these stylists a try, and we're sure you’ll walk away with a 'do that's tailor-made for you.
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Photo: Courtesy of Posh Hair Studio.
Posh Hair Studio
Cuts: Start at $30, without blowdry; Start at $55, with blowdry.

The salon may have a sleek 2001: A Space Odyssey vibe, but the stylists receive high praise for their warmth. (One customer even raves on Yelp that the staff fed the parking meter for her.) To provide a Manhattan salon experience in Kew Gardens, the spot offers iPads and Champagne to customers. Plus, owner Irina Patrascu staffs her salon with senior stylists to deliver cuts that would keep you coming back, even if there wasn't bubbly pouring.

Posh Hair Studio, 81-01 Lefferts Boulevard (at Austin Street), Queens; 718-847-7674.
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Photo: Courtesy of Graceland.
Graceland
Cuts: Start at $85.

The vibe at Graceland is pretty much exactly what you'd expect from a converted motorcycle garage under the BQE. The Williamsburg spot — "salon" isn't exactly the right description — offers tattoos in addition to cuts. The Elvis memorabilia and vintage barber chairs complete the throwback atmosphere, but the impeccable haircuts make the place timeless.

Graceland, 677 Lorimer Street (between Frost Street and Meeker Avenue); 718-384-7677.
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Photo: Courtesy of Sei-Tomoko.
Sei-Tomoko
Cuts: Start at $40.

While the unassuming space may seem basic, the precision cuts are anything but boring — especially with prices that typically range between $35 and $60. The husband and wife owners have been operating their downtown salons (there are three locations!) for over 20 years and have earned a cult following for Japanese straightening treatments.

Sei-Tomoko, 142 West Fourth Street (between Macdougal Street and Sixth Avenue); 212-477-5475.
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Photo: Courtesy of Laura Braunstein Hair Studio.
Laura Braunstein Hair Studio
Cuts: Start at $65.

Braunstein's team of Vidal Sassoon alums is trained to do both cuts and color, so you can enter an exclusive relationship when it comes to your hair and find a look that makes you want to commit. The delicious cocktails served with each service are just an added bonus.

Laura Braunstein Hair Studio, 255 West 84th Street (between Broadway and West End Avenue); 212-501-7001.
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Photo: Courtesy of Fox & Jane.
Fox & Jane
Cuts: Start at $50.

This tiny Lower East Side spot (with alternate locations in the East Village, SoHo, Upper West Side, and Boerum Hill) has earned big praise for offering personal attention and warm service. The owner has an impressive range of experience, with a resume that includes time at Aveda, Redken, and Rita Hazan. A beauty editor friend gave the salon high praise for taming her thick, wavy hair and keeping the price tag below $100.

Fox & Jane, 154 Orchard Street (between Stanton and Rivington streets); 212-837-2774.
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Photo: Courtesy of Union Beauty.
Union Beauty
Cuts: Start at $80.

Union Beauty may have a cult-following of curly-haired fans, but the low-key Park Slope salon also has a legion of various devoted clients. Each stylist has a decade-plus of experience and versatile skills under their belts. We appreciate the salon's polite requests to keep phone calls to a minimum and small children under supervision.

Union Beauty, 849A Union Street (at Seventh Avenue); 347-599-2001.
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Photo: Courtesy of Shaggy Hair Studio.
Shaggy Hair Studio
Cuts: Start at $90.

The salon may be located on the Upper East Side, but clients rave about the lack of pretense they experience here. The stylists are known for making everyone feel at home, and the cuts are known for prompting compliments from complete strangers.

Shaggy Hair Studio, 1405 Third Avenue (between 79th and 80th streets); 212-772-2288.
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Photo: Courtesy of Paul Mitchell Academy.
Paul Mitchell Academy
Cuts: Start at $18.

For the ultimate bargain, take the Staten Island ferry for free and score a cut at the Paul Mitchell Academy. A student will do the cutting, but a teacher stands by to supervise. The process can take a bit longer than your standard salon, but the price more than makes up for the length of time you’ll spend in the chair.

Paul Mitchell Academy , 187 New Dorp Lane (at Ninth Street), Staten Island; 718-979-9001.
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Photo: Courtesy of Muze Salon.
Muze Salon
Cuts: Start at $70.

If you paid for the attention Muze stylists give you while in their chair, your cut would be at least twice the price. The salon's hairstylists are studious about proportions and balance to an architectural degree. Since many of the staff are educators, chances are whomever has her hands in your hair is sure to be well-versed on technique.

Muze Salon, 141 West 20th Street (between Sixth and Seventh avenues); 212-991-8116.
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Photo: Courtesy of Sam Brocato Salon.
Sam Brocato Salon
Cuts: Start at $65.

This massive 3,500-square-foot salon (that opened a second Lenox Hill location in 2015) is a refreshing change from the typical tight quarters you’ll find in Manhattan. But that's not the only reason we know several beauty editors who are devotees of this Soho establishment. Entry-level cuts include a signature stress-relief treatment that would be worth the cost of the cut alone. And then there's the Yume chair, which allows for complete reclining during custom treatments.

Sam Brocato Salon, 42 Wooster Street (between Grand and Broome streets); 212-334-3777.
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Photo: Via @soonbeautylab.
Soon Beauty Lab
Cuts: Start at $65.

This Instagrammable salon has locations in Chelsea, Carroll Gardens, and Fort Greene, and was a saving grace for one Refinery29 staffer's botched DIY job. "I needed an emergency bang correction after I messed my shit up real bad cutting them myself," she said. "I was like, crying, and they fit me in right away and fixed them in like two minutes." If you don't get to spend time with one of the stylists inside, then you simply must check out post-worthy sidewalk signs. Bonus? Olivia Wilde is a huge fan.

Soon Beauty Lab, 54 W. 22nd Street (Between 5th & 6th Avenues); 212.243.0245.
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Halo Salon
Cuts: Start at $45.

The angels at this Brooklyn salon saved one R29 staffer from vacation pics splattered with split ends. "I needed a quick trim before traveling, so I hit up Halo salon on a whim," she said. "Just $45 later, I didn't just leave with a trim...I got a shampoo, deep conditioner, and a blowout, too. It was exactly what I wanted, and the hairdressers are so incredibly friendly."

Another pro tip? They have a blowout special with junior stylists Wednesday through Friday, for less than $20!

Halo Salon, 550 86th Street, 718.833.7324
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Photo: Courtesy of @vacancyproject.
Vacancy Project
Cuts: Start at $80.

As a result of the 2016 presidential election, creative director Masami Hosono decided to offer a flat rate on all cuts for men and women. “I always wondered why we separate our hairstyles based on gender, like who decided that long hair is necessarily a women's haircut, while a short haircut is men’s?” she told Allure. “I have both long hair male clients and short hair female clients — and many of my clients also identify gender neutral or transgender."

Vacancy Project, 249 E 10th Street, 212.388.0050
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