5 Austin Salons for Cheap Haircuts

Those luscious locks of ours need major lovin? after the hell we put them through, but frequent TLC at high-end Austin salons can be a toughie for those low on dough. Before you resort to the amateur hair hacker within, consider our top 5 salons that offer quality tress-taming services with a lessening blow to the wallet.

Updated: July 18, 2011

Haircuts $40 and under in Austin

Urban Betty

1206 W 38th St, Austin, TX 78705

The ?good ones aren't cheap, cheap ones aren't good? mantra may ring true for sofas and shoes, but hair salons can now be in a league of their own. The shabby chic decor, expert staff and free-flowing vino at Urban Betty set a new standard in indulgence for a steal. (And if we've learned one thing about discounts, it's to never to toss expired student ID cards.)

Avenue Five Institute

8620 Burnet Rd, Ste 300, Austin, TX 78757

Before they turn into sheer-toting masters, stylists come here for their tenure as trainees. Don't sweat it; instructors keep a keen eye on students' progress, prices are dirt cheap, and you leave happily with ears intact.

Birds Barbershop

2110 S Lamar Blvd Ste B, Austin, TX 78704

With all cuts clocking in at under $40 (inclusive of an ice cold Lone Star brew upon arrival), Birds Barbershop has quickly become an Austin staple for everyone from tattooed trannies (we've seen `em) to can't-be-but-wanna-be Anna Wintours. Although new outposts have sprung up around town, the original on Lamar is a maintained favorite of ours.

J Buccio Salon

6800 West Gate Blvd, Austin, TX 78745

All hail Jorge, owner and color god extroadinaire at this fuss-free Westgate salon. What J.Buccio lacks in storefront visibility (it's tucked away within the massive strip mall near William Cannon Drive), it overcompensates with a fiercely professional staff and affordable `dos ($40 or under).

Innu Hair Salon

2307 Hancock Drive, Austin, TX 78756

You're greeted with sunshine smiles and offers of oolong tea, but settling into the swivel chair with the latest rag mag isn't the only thing ladies love about Innu indulgences. The prices span a vast continuum, but arranging ahead can score you a stylist that will do a stellar job for $35.