5 Salons for Cheap Haircuts in San Francisco

Sure, the bells and whistles of a fancy salon are nice--who doesn't love a good scalp massage with their glass of champagne?--but in these tough times, sometimes all you really need is a good, affordable cut. If "cheap haircut? calls to mind childhood memories of bad bowl styles and thick bangs that took you years to grow out, relax. These spots may be thrifty, but you'll leave happy--with good hair and even enough cash leftover for that glass of champagne.

Updated: August 18, 2010

Affordable Haircuts in San Francisco

Sassoon Salon

359 Sutter St, San Francisco, CA 94108

Show up for a "model call" (Thursdays at 6pm) at this famed academy for veteran stylists and beauty-school grads and get a shampoo, cut and blow dry, all for only $18.

Zenzi's Beauty Academy

2517 Van Ness Ave, San Francisco, CA 94109

A beauty college is admittedly always going to be a little hit-or-miss, but there are more hits than misses at this family-owned training facility in Hayes Valley. Supervised student cuts (complete with scalp treatment, shampoo and finish/style) are just $23.

Notorious for Hair

561 Castro St, San Francisco, CA 94114

First-timers get cuts for just $35 at this hip Castro salon. And if you you like your 'do so much you just have to come back, don't fear--the regular rates start at only $45.

Vierra & Friends

85 Carl St, San Francisco, CA 94117

With women's cuts that hover in the $50-$65 range, this off-the-beaten-path Cole Valley salon is certainly not the cheapest spot on this list. It does, however, deliver a more traditional salon-pampering experience for about two-thirds of what you'd pay at similar SF salons.

1512 Barber Shop

1512 Pine St, San Francisco, CA 94109

And, finally, for the dudes: At about $30 for a men's cut, this barbershop falls somewhere between Supercuts (a guaranteed waste of $15) and your high-maintenance girlfriend's Maiden Lane salon (realistically, way more than what you need).