5 Places for Cheap Haircuts in D.C.

Keeping up appearances can be costly in this town; it's nearly impossible to find a cheap haircut in D.C. And a single haircut can mean the difference between looking like a hipster or a prep, between a Democrat or a Republican--so it's paramount to find a reliable hair salon that you can actually afford. Washington, D.C. is buzzing with high-end salons, but fortunately there are some tried-and-true spots for cheap haircuts in D.C. that will fit even a hill staffer's budget, no matter from which side of the aisle. (Pictured: The Aveda Institute)

Updated: September 07, 2010

Cheap Haircuts in Washington, D.C.

Aveda Institute Washington DC

713 7th St NW, Washington, DC 20001

This hair styling school (above the Aveda storefront near Gallery Place) is a great spot for cuts from highly trained students earning their hours for graduation. Graduates of the school have gone on to work at Ted Gibson and other high-end area salons. You can get a haircut and style for as low as $18.

Bang Hair Salon & Spa

1612 U St NW, Washington, DC 20009

Several Citysearch fans love the U Street location of this affordable but trendy local chain. "I've been a million places in the last three years," says Citysearch fan Elyse M. "Heather is the first person who's gotten my color right and given me a cut that I like." Women's haircuts start at $42, and men's cuts start at $35.

Bubbles Hair Salon

201 Massachusetts Ave NE, Washington, DC 20002

Citysearch fan Adrienne G. goes to this Massachusetts Avenue salon for a quick trim. "Great service, and they actually do what I ASK them to do, which is surprisingly rare for some odd reason," she says. Get a shampoo, cut and blow-dry for $30.


1605 17th St NW, Washington, DC 20009

Citysearch fan Marissa B. relies on this 17th Street spot for its reasonable prices; women's haircuts start at $39 and men's start at $33 for a shampoo, haircut and style. The salon also offers hair color services and scalp treatments.

Diego's Hair Salon

1901 Q St NW, Washington, DC 20009

This Dupont barber is a favorite among the gents--Adam R. goes there for a reliable cut around $20, which also includes a shampoo. Need some other patron endorsements? Just check out the walls, which are adorned with photos of Diego's celebrity political clients.