10 Ways to Get a Discount on Haircuts

Saving money on haircuts doesn't have to mean going shaggy. Here are several strategies to help you reduce the cost of your cut,

Look for Salon Coupons for Discount Haircuts

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Check your local newspaper and junk mailers for salon coupons, and get on the mailing list of your favorite salon for a chance at even more coupons. Still not turning up the savings that you seek? Then, head online, and do a search for the name of the salon you want to go to and the word "coupon." They may have a coupon on their website or Facebook page.

Go to a Training Facility or Beauty School

Woman getting hair cut at beauty school
Woman getting hair cut at beauty school. Alyson Aliano/Image Source/Getty Images

If you want a big salon cut without the big salon price, try a beauty school or salon training facility. What you'll get: a deeply discounted cut from a (supervised) stylist-in-training. Most beauty schools also offer dirt cheap dye jobs, so be sure to inquire about what other services they offer.

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Stretch the Time in Between Visits for a Haircut

Little boy getting hair cut
Little boy getting hair cut. Leigh Webber/EyeEm/Getty Images

Just because your stylist says you should come in every six weeks, doesn't mean you have to. Stretch the time between your haircuts, and you'll save big. Just how big? Having your hair cut every eight weeks instead of every six shaves two visits off of your yearly total. Not too shabby.

Do It Yourself Haircuts

Woman cutting her own hair
Woman cutting her own hair. moodboard/Cultura/Getty Images 

Stick to a simple hairstyle, and cut your hair at home. After you invest in a good pair of scissors, you won't have any additional costs.

Alternate Between Pricey Salons and Cheap Salons

Hair dresser styling woman's hair
Hair dresser styling woman's hair. Nancy Honey/Cultura/Getty Images

Your hairstyle can probably survive a trim at a less-expensive salon between major overhauls. Beauty expert, Julyne Derrick, recommends getting maintenance cuts at a cheap salon in between your pricey salon visits.

Tip: Snap a picture of your hair before you leave the pricey salon, so you can show the cheaper salon what you want your hair to look like.

Donate Your Hair and Get a Free Cut

Woman getting long hair cut
Woman getting long hair cut. Caiaimage/Gianni Diliberto/Getty Images

If you are going to have your long hair cut by eight to ten inches or more, you can donate it and get a free cut. Many salons host free haircut events to benefit Locks of Love, and similar organizations, where your hair will be donated to make wigs for people who are fighting cancer. Locate one of these events in your area; and donate your hair to a good cause. You'll help others, while helping yourself to a free cut.

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Become a Hair Model

Hair Model
Hair Model. Innocenti/Cultura/Getty Images 

Willing to take risks with your hair? Then, contact the top salons in your area, and let them know you're interested in becoming a hair model.

Note: You're more likely to score a free cut if you have long hair that hasn't been chemically treated, and you're willing to let them do anything they want to your hair. This could mean cutting it super short, dying it or doing something super outrageous. And of course, serving as a hair model means you'll need to model the finished product. This could mean posing for photos or taking to the runway. Make sure you're comfortable with this before you agree to participate.

Watch for Sales

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Sale sign. Glowimages/Getty Images

Many discount salons run sales. Watch for commercials and ads to alert you to any upcoming salon sales in your area; then take advantage of the best offer. One chain that does this: Great Clips.They have a $7.99 haircut sale several times a year, and they also offer vets free cuts for Veteran's Day. If you served, be sure to take advantage of this awesome deal. Also be on the lookout for their haircut card around the holidays. It allows you to pre-purchase haircuts at a discounted price. Go here to view all of Great Clips' current promotions.

Seek Out New Salons

Barber shop with open sign in window
Barber shop with open sign in window. wundervisuals/E+/Getty Images

New salons frequently run special promotions to attract new customers. Spot one in your area, and you could be rewarded with a half-price cut. 

Barber Shops Aren't Just for Men

Barber in a barber shop
Barber in a barber shop. Dave and Les Jacobs/Blend Images/Getty Images

Are you a woman with a straight-forward cut? Then, head to a barber shop. You'll pay less than you would at a salon that caters to women, and the service is usually just as good.