How to Get a Free Haircut in New York City

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New York has some of the best hair stylists in the country, but the prices are rarely pocket-friendly. There are many opportunities, though, to find some great deals on hair styling. Many salonsw offer free services (at specific times), reward customer loyalty and participate in charitable events that allow you to get a great cut while doing a good deed. Here are suggestions for getting yourself a free (and stylish) haircut!

Things You'll Need

  • Hair that needs cutting
  • Cash (for tipping)
  • Patience

How to Get a Free Haircut in New York City

Keep your Tuesday mornings open for a free haircut at Rumor Salon (15 E. 12th St., 2nd Floor; 212-414-0195). From 9 a.m. to noon, Rumor holds classes, and student hair stylists will give you a cut under the watchful eyes of hair specialists. Opened by Vidal Sassoon alumni, Rumor specializes in modern cuts that keep up with current trends but are still highly wearable. Plus, the salon has a calming atmosphere that is accentuated by shoji-screen partitions, so getting your hair cut there makes for a unique experience!

Head to the downtown salon Bumble & Bumble (located at 415 W. 13th St., 8th floor; 212-521-6500) for a free haircut in their Model Project. (And, no, you don't have to be an actual model!) Students from the B&B school will cut your hair; note that haircuts here normally start at $90 -- and that's for really short hair -- so this is a great deal. It can take a month to book a free cut (and they are only given during daytime hours), so don't wait until you actually need a haircut. to schedule an appointment. When you do sign up, you'll have a consultation with an experienced stylist; you'll then choose one of the many Bumble styles. You'll then have your hair cut by one of the students (under the guidance of a B&B educator) and receive tips on how to keep it styled.

Visit the magnificent Toni & Guy, a London-based salon founded by Italian brothers Toni and Guy Mascolo, on a Friday at 6 p.m. (473 Madison Ave., Ste. 2; 212-702-9771). You'll have your picture taken and receive a hairstyle evaluation. If you are chosen, the salon will schedule you for a free haircut anytime from Sunday to Wednesday, during the hours of 8 a.m. to noon. This is a great chance to have your hair cut by cutting-edge stylists who regularly charge $150 and up.

Earn a free haircut through customer loyalty. Trek over to uber-trendy Brooklyn neighborhood of Williamsburg and visit the Beehive Salon (115 N. 7th Street; 718-782-8376). Ask a stylist for a punchcard and rack up visits that will earn you a free haircut. The Beehive Salon is very environmentally friendly, and all their products are sulfate-free. They also tend to be generous with complimentary services; for example, if you happen to have dry hair, you might receive a free deep-conditioning treatment.

Be generous and patronize a salon that donates long locks to charities like Pantene Beautiful Lengths or WIgs for Kids -- such as Insitu Hair ( 77 Irving Place, 212-533-1130). Call to find out their policy on donating hair. But chances are, they'll take any locks that are in good condition. Not a bad deal for cuts that start at $85, and you'll be doing a good deed as well!

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