Fantabulously Frugal Friday: Drastically Reduced – Free Haircuts

by Lisa on June 5th, 2009

After I graduated from college and moved to Chicago I was broker than broke. No joke. I was getting paid $23,000/year, living in a $550/month studio apartment, paying $300/month toward my car lease, paying who knows what toward my credit card debt, starting to pay off my school loans, and BARELY surviving. I kid you not – there were some months when I had a total of $50 to pay for ALL incidentals, which included food, clothing, entertainment, and gas for my car.

I was barely scraping by. To put it lightly.

One of the perks to living in a big city though is being able to utilize such websites as Craigslist. Craigslist was my best friend: I found used furniture and appliances for free on the site, and I even found the roommate I would live with for the next 3 years on the site! It was great.

But I would say the most important thing I found on Craigslist was stylists-in-training offering FREE haircuts. On any given day there are at least 20 listings from students in various salon training programs looking for people who needed their hair cut, styled, colored, or even straightened… most of which were free.  I did have to pay $15 the one time I had my hair chemically straightened, but that fee was to pay for the cost of the chemicals of the normally $100+ procedure.   Additionally, I tip each stylist $5-$10.

I definitely could not have afforded to pay for a haircut during that first year in the city – so these free services were an absolute lifesaver. I mean, hair saver. :)

I was a little nervous when I went for my first free haircut, since I had no idea if I’d end up with a Fantastic Sams-like cut, or if I’d end up with a high-end salon type cut. But I needn’t have been worried – every single free hair cut and/or service I’ve received has ALWAYS been fantastic, and, better yet, almost all of my cuts have taken place by stylists that would soon be charging top dollar at some of the most expensive salons in Chicago.

So here’s my advice to you – if you’re living on a budget, or even if you’re not, and you’re not one of those picky types that always sees the same stylist, see if you can get a free haircut!

Check out your local Craigslist, or check out this site, Salon Apprentice, which has those same stylists listing their free services on a more organized site.

One Response

  1. Zoë Moët says:

    I love Craigslist. I just found myself a $30 dollar loveseat using it(Ok, it's a little dusty and musty, but nothing a little TLC and Fabreeze can't fix). I also found my adorable and beloved kitty on craiglist (free), see my blog for a pic :)