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Beauty schools offer reduced salon rates

Posted July 10, 2009 5:59 p.m. EDT
Updated July 10, 2009 8:03 p.m. EDT

— A trip to the salon can add up. A haircut alone with a high-end stylist can cost upwards of $40. But there are ways to save money and get a great haircut.

Becky Ward spent $10 on a recent haircut at The Emerald Academy, located at 8551 Glenwood Ave., Suite 100, in Raleigh.

“It’s cheap. It’s professional, and it’s great,” Ward said. She previously paid $45 for a haircut at a salon.

The Emerald Academy, a Paul Mitchell Partner School, allows students who have logged 300 hours on a model to work with actual clients. The students are supervised by a licensed professional.

“They’ll supervise the student and make sure the customer has a full complete service,” said Elton Williams, owner of The Emerald Academy.

At the Carolina Beauty College, 5106 N. Roxboro St. in Durham, customers can get a haircut for $8.

“We have three licensed instructors at all times on the floor with them supervising, so no students are left unsupervised,” Carolina Beauty College Director Vanessa Wilson said.

Customers should also ask about specials on services and discounts on specific days.

Robert Davis said he has been getting his hair cut at the Carolina Beauty College for 15 years.

“If I was to go to another barbershop, it would run me about $15 to $20,” Davis said. “It’s economical.”

Business has been up at The Emerald Academy and the Carolina Beauty College.

Williams said the academy has seen about a 40 percent increase in business recently. The Carolina Beauty College has seen a one-third increase in the last three months, Wilson said.