Can I PLEASE go get a cheap haircut?

I have always found myself needing to go to expensive stylists to ever be happy with the cut and color. I've always spent around $150 each time I go.

Anyway, I got married a few months ago, and we are going through the "broke newlywed phase."

Has anyone had luck going to a cheap stylist to do their hair? I am needing and cut AND a color. I just really would rather not put $150 towards it. I'm in the Pittsburgh, PA area. Thanks!
I'm primarily a 3a, with some pieces that are a bit more 2b, and others a bit more 3b

Products I've Been Testing since going CG:
Izzazu Curl Creme
Devacurl B'Leave'in
Dr. Bronner's Magic Soap (Castille)
Devacurl Low-Poo
Devacurl One Condition
Devacare-One Condition
Devacurl Angell
Devacare Arc Angel
Devacurl Set It Free
Devacurl Set Me Up
Devacurl Mist-er-Right
Trader Joe's Refresh Shampoo
Trader Joe's Refresh Conditioner
Herbal Essences Set Me Up Gel
Mop-C Curl Defining Cream
it IS possible... unfortunately, I'm not in the Pittsburgh area :/ but I do get mine done for about $40 or so and it always turns out great
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Ugh, you are so lucky. I can't begin to tell you about the witchy haircuts people have given me...
I'm primarily a 3a, with some pieces that are a bit more 2b, and others a bit more 3b

Products I've Been Testing since going CG:
Izzazu Curl Creme
Devacurl B'Leave'in
Dr. Bronner's Magic Soap (Castille)
Devacurl Low-Poo
Devacurl One Condition
Devacare-One Condition
Devacurl Angell
Devacare Arc Angel
Devacurl Set It Free
Devacurl Set Me Up
Devacurl Mist-er-Right
Trader Joe's Refresh Shampoo
Trader Joe's Refresh Conditioner
Herbal Essences Set Me Up Gel
Mop-C Curl Defining Cream
I don't know if this is the case in Pittsburgh, but in NY it's usually more expensive for a dye than a cut. If you're comfortable coloring your own hair it could cut the bill in half, at least.
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I don't know if this is the case in Pittsburgh, but in NY it's usually more expensive for a dye than a cut. If you're comfortable coloring your own hair it could cut the bill in half, at least.
Originally Posted by Gemini13
I agree with this suggestion.

I used to be a cheap hair salon junkie as well (when I used to flat-iron my hair every day, I used to love going to cheap Asian salons... of course my hair would look amazing only when it was straight)... but I think with curly hair it's much more of a gamble since so few stylists truly know how to work with curly hair. I'm sure they're out there, but you'd have to decide if it's worth risking that you might end up with an 80's cut. Good luck, hope you find someone
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Had to kiss a few frogs, but my two current favorites here in Atlanta are both about $50, including tip. Before them, I was usually paying $100+ for cut only, often leaving with it wet.

Shop/ask around and you can probably find one, but you may have to be willing to put up with some duds to get there!
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Current Main Rotation: MG217 medicated or Aim2Health 'poos for scalp, Elucence cond., Spiral Solutions Protein & Deeply Decadent Cond., CJCCCC reg or lite,CJ Pattern Pusha,, Giovanni LA Hold Hair Spritz + lots more, sporadically

HG Method: Super Soaker + Smasters-ing, brief upside down diffusing w/360o diffuser then clips/clamps & air dry. Newly gray - stopped my henna glosses!

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They're not curly-trained as far as I know, but I've been going to Lewis Salon in Shadyside in Pittsburgh.

A cut and a color cost me $80 including tip. They used Pureology on me, instead of sulfate/silicone products when I asked.

That said, I'm a wavy (2c) so It's not as hard to cut my hair. I've also heard great things about Salon Cercone. I think RedCelticCurls goes there? We're both from the Pgh area.
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PT: SS Repairing Protein Treatment
Had to kiss a few frogs, but my two current favorites here in Atlanta are both about $50, including tip. Before them, I was usually paying $100+ for cut only, often leaving with it wet.
Originally Posted by auntnett
Who are these two current favorites?
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I usually pay about $12.00 for a haircut. The best thing about being curly is it hides a multitude of haircut sins.

I don't color, so I can't help you there.

Had to kiss a few frogs, but my two current favorites here in Atlanta are both about $50, including tip. Before them, I was usually paying $100+ for cut only, often leaving with it wet.
Originally Posted by auntnett
Who are these two current favorites?
Originally Posted by wowohwow
Martha Gustafson at Salon Disegno in Lawrenceville is who I'm currently using - she's very good and very close to where I live. Not Deva trained and doesn't cut dry, which doesn't work well for me anyway - she uses her own curly method (see her reviews on this site).

Carol Russman at Salon 54 in Peachtree City is also very good and where I went to for over a year before going back to Martha last fall (gave Carol a try because of her Deva training and high recommendations of a friend) - opposite sides of town, but she's near my parents. She is Deva trained but just incorporates it with what she already knew, cutting either wet or dry, depending on your hair. We decided together that wet worked best for me, but yours may be different. You can see my review on this site - I think it's the only one.
2C/3A/3B - modified CG - fairly fine now, normal/low porosity/normal elasticity

Current Main Rotation: MG217 medicated or Aim2Health 'poos for scalp, Elucence cond., Spiral Solutions Protein & Deeply Decadent Cond., CJCCCC reg or lite,CJ Pattern Pusha,, Giovanni LA Hold Hair Spritz + lots more, sporadically

HG Method: Super Soaker + Smasters-ing, brief upside down diffusing w/360o diffuser then clips/clamps & air dry. Newly gray - stopped my henna glosses!

www.fotki.com/auntnett

Last edited by auntnett; 04-09-2010 at 12:11 PM.
I usually pay about $12.00 for a haircut. The best thing about being curly is it hides a multitude of haircut sins.

I don't color, so I can't help you there.
Originally Posted by Kitschy
soo super cuts/great clips kinda thing?
3a/C/iii; mod-CG since 07/14/08
Shampoo: Whole Foods 365 Citrus Grapefruit shampoo (same results as Deva Low Poo but a tenth of the price!)
Condish: Deva One Condition
Styling: Deva AnGel, then SOTC with no Frizz creme
Hairtwins! Ab-star, Ledzeppole, Shellynot, soficurls and tarc817


I have on a few occasions lucked up and gotten a decent cut at Great Clips, Supercuts, Fantastic Sams, e.g., however, when I'd go back again either the same stylist was no longer there or they weren't able to duplicate their own results again.
2C/3A/3B - modified CG - fairly fine now, normal/low porosity/normal elasticity

Current Main Rotation: MG217 medicated or Aim2Health 'poos for scalp, Elucence cond., Spiral Solutions Protein & Deeply Decadent Cond., CJCCCC reg or lite,CJ Pattern Pusha,, Giovanni LA Hold Hair Spritz + lots more, sporadically

HG Method: Super Soaker + Smasters-ing, brief upside down diffusing w/360o diffuser then clips/clamps & air dry. Newly gray - stopped my henna glosses!

www.fotki.com/auntnett
I usually pay about $12.00 for a haircut. The best thing about being curly is it hides a multitude of haircut sins.

I don't color, so I can't help you there.
Originally Posted by Kitschy
soo super cuts/great clips kinda thing?
Originally Posted by wowohwow
We have local shops that try to stay competitive to Super Cuts/Great Clips, although I've done the chain thing too. I try to go to a local shop called The Cutting Crew - fun place!

A bit of perspective: While a good cut is necessary for hair to look good, color is optional. No one needs to color. So consider doing a less expensive home color and keep the budget open for a good stylist.

Let's say a great stylist in your area will run you--being generous--100 bucks.

You'll get your hair cut maybe every 3 or more months (depending on layering, etc). That's 33.30 a month. That's a dollar roughly a day. What can you give up that's worth less to you than having pretty hair? A couple visits to a coffee shop a week? Something in your treats budget? A trip to the movies a month? That new pair of sandals? A few less makeup items a month?

I figure having a qualified, knowledgeable stylist is more than worth 100 a visit (though I've never paid that much), cause it means I'll be much happier with my daily hair look, every day, for 90+ days.

So, if I were you, I'd tweak that Newlywed Budget to allow for 30 more dollars a month and see what treats/luxuries/non-necessities can be deleted.

You'll probably be able to find someone good that's less than $70 bucks per visit (sans color) and spread over 3 months, that's pretty doable. Think in terms of what you need to save PER WEEK to pay for that eventual cut /color. It's less daunting than one fell swoop of cash.
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