Cutting the cost of hair services in Downtown Santa Monica



Wanting to do something a little out of the ordinary with your hair? Are you short on cash but long on locks? Want to help some cosmetology students hone their craft?  We’ve got ideas on how to become a hair model in Downtown Santa Monica.  However, rather than just tell you to contact hair academies, let me walk you through my experiences and give you a few pointers.


I started going to Vidal Sassoon Academy to cover my gray when it decided to come in at Indy car speed. Because I wasn’t gray all over and wasn’t sure if dyeing my hair was the right decision, the instructor and student suggest demi or non-permanent coloring and helped me choose the right color. For the next four years I colored my hair every two months. I was never disappointed with the color service, and the blow dry that followed. While an all over tint like mine is only $26, the school offers a variety of services such as bleaching, highlight and lowlights, which are more expensive but much cheaper than you would pay in any salon.

After seeing that the instructors are consulted every step of the way, I decided that I was ready to get my hair cut at the school. Some of the cutting instructors are artists and are impressive to watch. They also wanted everyone to walk out looking good. Although the students and instructors will do what you want, they relish the opportunity to work with people who want to change their look and those that want to do something that is a bit out of the ordinary. I was never excited about the change at first (who is?) but I always appreciated the well-cut style after a day or two and never went back to the old one. I haven’t gotten my hair cut anywhere else for quite a while.


So while I enthusiastically endorse the services, there are a few things you should consider before calling the school. One is the time it takes. You’ll need to plan to be available at least a few hours and maybe much longer depending on your service. Secondly, the instructors are there to teach techniques so if you only want a trim, this may not be the right place for you. Also, while they are open Tuesday through Saturdays, it is harder to get a weekend appointment.


And, here are some great reasons besides cost to go to a school. The students are from all over the world and excited to be practicing their craft, and there is camaraderie among the students, teachers and clients with everyone wanting to see the finished styles. They also finish every service with a great blow dry, so go on a day where you have evening plans with an A level celeb.


You can call Vidal Sassoon Academy (310-255-3322) for an appointment or to get their emails, which sometimes offer free appointments during the week but you must remember to bring a copy of the email with you. Toni&Guy (310-451-0101) also has an academy in Downtown Santa Monica, with cutting services starting at $18 and coloring services that range from $25 to $70. I am excited to try them out and blog about them soon.