Cutting Prices

Need a new, affordable do for the holidays? Hire a student stylist.

Talk about major dilemmas.

A $50 price tag for a mere cut at the salon is pretty steep, especially when there are gifts to buy. And you don’t quite care for the high-volume bargain cutteries.

There are alternatives.

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Cosmetology and beauty academies offer cuts, colors and, most important, low prices. Unsure about entrusting your tresses to a student? Remember: They work under the supervision of pros. 

The Delaware Academy (1420 Pulaski Hwy., Newark, 832-8418) is a Paul Mitchell partner school that offers full salon amenities performed by future professionals. Haircuts start at $10, coloring at $25. The academy even offers super conditioning treatments, and a T3 experience ($10 and $12, respectively). Walk-ins are welcome Tuesday through Friday. Appointments recommended on Saturdays.

The Delaware Learning Institute of Cosmetology (U.S. 113 Box 144D, Dagsboro, 732-6704) is a full-service salon open to the public Tuesday through Friday. There’s no need to make an appointment here, as they take walk-ins only.  Haircuts start at $7, coloring at $23, and chemical services such as perms start at $28. 

Pressley Beauty Academy Inc. (1487 S. Governors Ave., Dover, 734-9853) offers shampoo, cut and style for—ready?—only $15. Chemical services start at $30. This Kent County classic is open Monday through Friday.

Schilling Douglas School of Hair Design (70 Amstel Ave., Newark, 737-5100) is the place if you’re looking for experience. The establishment just celebrated its 30th year in cosmetology education—and some of its staff has been there from the start. 

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Walk-ins only are welcomed Monday through Saturday. A bonus: Unlike most beauty schools, which are open only during the day, Schilling Douglas has evening hours on Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays. Haircuts, including shampoo and blow dry, are only $8.50, and color services start around $30.

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