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We all want celebrity-worthy hair. But who wants to pay the huge celebrity-style price tag? Let’s face it — haircuts really can be cost-prohibitive for women, and that’s without factoring in color and other treatments! So how do you get layers that leave people oohing and ahhing over your picture-perfect coiffure without breaking the bank? Read on, and hear your wallet breathe a sigh of relief!

Name brand salons such as Vidal Sassoon and Bumble and Bumble have weekly training sessions for their newbie staff members. That means deep discounts for hair cuts, hair color, highlights, and more. And don’t fret over having your luscious locks in the hands of new stylist. Trainees are constantly supervised by professionals, who may sometimes even demonstrate a technique to ensure accurate results.

The best part is that the volunteers are encouraged to be very specific and to interact with their stylist. This means you don’t have to feel awkward bringing pictures of haircuts you’re looking for, or even letting the stylist know that you don’t feel like the cut is going in the right direction. You might also get to leave with some free hair products! Go to Vidal Sassoon or Bumble and Bumble to find a salon near you.  Or, call another brand name salon nearby and ask if they offer similar services.

Don’t live near a brand name salon? Not a problem. In fact, it’s often at the smaller — yet still trendy — salons where you’ll be able to get a cut for free. Just call the local salon of your choice and ask if they offer this service. It took some calling around. I managed to find a nearby salon that not only offered this service, but was so short on volunteers that they cut my hair at no charge! The same basics apply when you go to a smaller salon. Trainees are always supervised, you’re encouraged to be vocal about your desires, and you get an inexpensive, or free, haircut.

If you’re still not having much luck, you can also try your local beauty school. I have yet to find a beauty school that doesn’t offer free haircuts, and the people are very nice to work with. Simply google your city’s name and “beauty school,” and see what you can find!

There’s nothing better than feeling like a million bucks, for free!

This has been a guest post by Brittany from Sacramento, CA
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