I skimp on most everything except for my hair. I pay a chunk of change to get my hair cut/colored/etc. But unemployment does crazy things to a girl with split ends.
So I looked for a school in my neighborhood and kept driving by Marinello's on MLK and thought I'd give it a try. Called, told them I wanted a basic cut and had long hair, naturally curly (read: difficult), and they told me it would be $9.95.
Admittedly, I was nervous. But also poor. So the nervousness had to take a backseat. At first, I was a bit put off by the atmosphere. I showed up a few minutes 'til noon and people were just walking around completely ignoring me. Come to find out that everyone was on lunch hour (this is a school, after all) and it ended at 12.
Now, I watched some other people working on people and head...thingies with hair and I wasn't impressed. But Dana. DANA. So sweet, very polished looking, and even though she took a bit longer than I'm used to, I understood because she said she was only halfway through her schooling there and she wanted to make sure she got everything right.
Her instructor was there, ready to assist right away with any question of technique she had. Dana was very friendly, detail-oriented, and made sure my hair looked how I wanted.
Bottom line, I usually spend (not including tip) $60 for a haircut. Dana did a fantastic job, made sure I got exactly what I asked for, and including tip
(and I gave her 50%) it came out at $15. I got a shampoo/deep condition, layered cut, blow dry, flat iron/style. So, while I can't speak for the other students, I think Dana deserves a clientele upon graduation. I wish I'd given her a bigger tip. I'll definitely be going back for my high/low-lights. Also, when you leave they give you coupons for future services and hair product samples.
2540 NE MLK, 97212
(Tell her Nicole sent you! ;)
Oh, and picture of haircut