Hair today, gone tomorrow

The best hairdressers in Glasgow and Edinburgh

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Hair today, gone tomorrow

Shelley O'Neill talks you through where to get the best bang for your buck

A good hair cut usually gets put to the bottom of the to-do list when you're a student. It's hardly surprising when a cut and colour can cost more than your monthly food bill. Bad dye jobs and drunken fringe trims are regular occurrences when home hairdressing is attempted but there are plenty of ways to get your hair styled cheaply and we're here to help.

First, try your student discount. That little card is your ticket to hair heaven. Most salons offer a discount although there may be restrictions on when it can be used. Medusa Hairdressing in Edinburgh will knock off a whopping 20% at its three branches across the city between Monday and Thursday. Call round a few salons and ask about discounts, you might be pleasantly surprised.

The idea of becoming a model at a salon or academy may fill you with fear, but all students are supervised and most will be fully trained and just need someone to practice on. Saks Hair Academy in Glasgow are always looking for guinea pigs, sorry, models for their busy school, call 0141 222 2662 to book an appointment. The Rainbow Room also have a branch on Howard Street, Glasgow with a special academy price list where a cut and colour starts from £43 and permanent straightening cost only £42 from an Academy Director.

Boys often have an easier time when choosing hair cuts, it's normally cheaper and short hair grows more quickly so mistakes aren't such a traumatic experience. If you have particularly short hair or want a basic style, you won't be able to beat traditional barbers. They can do more than a short back and sides and you probably won't even need to make an appointment.

At the cheapest end of the scale, it is always tempting to try a DIY haircut when it's out of control and you're desperate but don't be silly. A trusted friend might be able to give you a tiny trim but don't let them get scissor happy. Home dye kits are also relatively easy to use, just remember to do a patch test to check for allergies and always follow the directions. Semi permanent or wash in wash out colours are the safest option and are great for trying a colour before taking the permanent plunge.

Your time as a student is the best time to experiment with your look, you don't have a proper job yet and there will always be someone with worse hair than you.

Edinburgh Hairdressers

Be-Ba-Boom

37 Leith Street, 0131 556 9999 http://www.bebaboom.com
A trendy salon that is always looking for models for staff training. The models are required for colouring, cutting and make up treatments.

Bibi Beauty

118 Bruntsfield Place, 0131 229 9851 www.bibibeauty.co.uk
A fantastic and original salon, set up by Laura Nolan in 2002 to provide
a unique experience in beauty treatments. Another salon that offers 20% student discount.

Cheynes Hairdressing

45a York Place, 0131 558 1010 www.cheyneshairdressing.com
Branches across the city offer the best student discount, 40% off your first visit, restrictions on appointment times apply, ask when booking.

Craig Davidson Hair

200 Bruntsfield Place, 0131 228 2488 www.craigdavidsonhair.co.uk
This award-winning salon also has a great 20% student discount and reasonable prices on all treatments.

Medusa Hairdressing

26 Bread Street, 0131 622 7277 www.medusahair.co.uk
A popular salon with three branches across the city, they offer a great student discount, 20% off between Monday and Thursday.

Glasgow Hairdressers

Beti Reilly

75 Bath Street, 0141 331 2241 www.betireilly.com
This independent salon has been running for over 13 years and offers beauty treatments such as tanning and waxing as well as hairdressing.

City Barbers

99 West Nile Street, 0141 332 7114 www.citybarbers-glasgow.co.uk
One for the boys, they offer more than a short back and sides in the form of stencilling, designs artistically shaved into the side of your head.

Rainbow Room Academy

64 Howard Street, 0141 221 0400 www.rainbowroominternational.com
Students at the Academy are graded from Academy Stylist to Academy Director with prices reflecting their experience.

Saks Hair and Beauty

178 Hope Street, 0141 333 9944 www.saks.co.uk
The chain of salons is headed by British Hairdresser of the year 2006, Andrew Barton, call 0141 222 2662 to book your place as a model.

Toni & Guy

96 St Vincent Street, 0141 248 9243 www.toniandguy.com
One of the originals, and probably one of the best, Toni & Guy have an excellent training scheme so their hairdressers have the best techniques in cutting and colouring.

Comments

1. cusp hairdresser, worst hairdresser EVER8 Dec 2009, 5:16pm Report

On the subject of good hairdressers, i thought there may be interest in the ones to avoid - Cusp on Argyle street is one of those, here is my experience...

On arriving for a consultation, I was told to speak to the "hairdresser" whilst she finished blow drying another clients hair, on enquiring about the extensions she advertises in the window was told "you won't be able to afford them" now I'm no millionaire but I am aware of the cost of extensions...and whilst my hair was a bit messy post gym, I did not look like a hobo? A true Pretty Woman moment and this salon was no Rodeo Drive.... the conversation ended with her saying "I don't need your money"

Em, well this was a bizarre experience and certainly not one I'd care to repeat or recommend to others. To add to it, she was finishing a rather strange red striped do on quite an old woman, who incidentally didn't look like she was enjoying herself either!

2. Poupee.7 Jun 2012, 3:05pm Report

Had an amazing morning in the salon. Jennifer was an absolute star and the epitome of an excellent stylist. Having suffered a horrifically bad haircut at the hands of another salon at the weekend; were I asked for a trim and left with what could only be described as a short mushroom. Jennifer managed to fix the monstrosity yet give still give me a style that I like and one which I can maintain. She took into consideration my hair type, my styling ability and my personal style and I now feel much much happier. I will definitely be back. Merci xx

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