Cut, style or trim: a 'do for every budget

Monday, July 28, 2008 | 1:06 p.m. CDT; updated 3:13 p.m. CDT, Monday, July 28, 2008
Ihsan Yasar and Gulden Yasar have been working together at Shear Locks for 26 years. "I apprenticed for five years in Istanbul when I was a teenager. That's how I learned t he tips and tricks from professionals," Yasar said.

Coming to a new school, in a new town, away from family and friends is certain to cause rise to many fears and anxieties. One thing people don't usually consider until it's too late is: Who's going to cut/color my hair now?

 You know it's getting past time for a cut when your face is no longer visible beneath that untamed head of hair. Now, this might not sound like a very important matter, but there are girls and guys alike who allow one person, and one person only, the right to trim and sometimes completely change their luscious locks.

So let's weigh the options before deciding to drive home when you need a trim. (Have you SEEN gas prices lately??!)

 Here are a few options for where to get a cut in Columbia: People might not realize there is a hair salon in the lower level of Brady Commons. What could be more convenient than dropping in between classes to get trimmed up? Plus appointments aren't necessary.

 Chase Lauer, a senior at MU, who often uses Brady Commons' hair salon, said, "You can't use student charge, but it's still pretty cheap and really convenient." Reasonably priced at about $15 per haircut, this may be a great option for those who live on campus and didn't bring a vehicle to school.

 Another close-to-campus option is the Clip Joint on East Cherry Street. (They have another location on Chapel Hill.) The prices are slightly more expensive - yet reasonable for a designer salon. But, if you prefer high-end products and styles, you might be willing to spend the extra bucks.

 Erin Hendrickson, a junior at MU, said the friendly environment is worth the money. "I like it because it reminds me of my salon at home, and everyone is really nice and not snooty like some salons are."

 The Clip Joint offers services that are more commonly found at high-end salons such as eye brow waxing and deep conditioning treatments. These services are not provided by most barber shops or the salon in Brady Commons. Because they sell Redkin styling products and offer more designer cut and coloring options, the salon could be a good choice for someone seeking a new color or style.

 Columbia is also home to a cosmetology school that offers $2.50 haircuts on Tuesdays. Cosmetology Concepts Institute is located on Burlington Drive and offers a variety of services for discounted prices by cosmetology students trying to perfect their trade, including $12 manicure/pedicures. If you're a risk taker, being their guinea pig might be fun.

 Columbia offers a large venue of barbershops and hair salons, so the best way to find a stylist is by talking to people from the area to see where they've had success. Trial and error might also be a good option for you. If you're open to trying new places, you're sure to find a stylist in Columbia who will fulfill your hairstyling needs.


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