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When you want a change in your look, there is no quicker way than to change your hair. A new haircut can change your appearance almost as much as losing 10 pounds, and it's a lot easier. It may be a quick fix, changing your hair can get pricey. Fortunately, there are options available in the Denver area where you can get a great haircut without forking over a huge chunk of change.
Hours: Mon 10 a.m. - 7 p.m.; Tues-Fri 10 a.m. - 8 p.m.; Sat 10 a.m. - 6 p.m.
Located in the City Park neighborhood, Babooshka is a fun, funky salon that caters to men and women. The salon displays art from local artists and offers free PBR to patrons. Though people tend to come in for the vibe, they come back for the stylists. The stylists at Babooshka stay up to date on trends and consistently deliver top notch cuts. This salon is perfect for anyone in the area who appreciates looking at art and relaxing while they are getting dolled up. Clientele here is very diverse, and the salon is very welcoming to everyone. This is the kind of place where anyone can walk in without feeling intimidated by the staff, and enjoy a good haircut at a reasonable price.
Hours: Mon 9 a.m. - 2 p.m.; Tues - Fri 9 a.m. - 8 p.m.; Sat 9 a.m. - 7 p.m.; Sun 10 a.m. - 4 p.m.
Full of accolades from papers and 'best of's' of all types, there is a reason this mother-daughter owned and operated salon continues to reign as one of the top hair salons in the southern part of town. The quality rivals and often exceeds that of the more costly mainstays in Cherry Creek, and the service is something spectacular without a whiff of pretentiousness. Open for almost 10 years in the Aurora-Centennial area, you may well walk in for a cut (generally priced modestly at under $60) and leave with a full color after the award-winning stylists educate you on the latest trends and best bets for your facial shape and hair type.
Hours: Sun 10 a.m. - 6 p.m.; Mon - Fri 9 a.m. - 9 p.m.; Sat 9 a.m. - 8 p.m.
A Denver staple for more than a decade, Floyd's is a great place for men and women of all ages to get a haircut. Known for their customer service and reasonable prices, Floyd's is consistent and dedicated to its customers. Since its inception in Denver in 2001, Floyd's has grown into a chain that stretches across 10 states and one that prides itself on quality cuts and exceptional customer service. The stylists are fun, and the shop bills itself as "the Original Rock & Roll Barber Shop." Music is a huge part of the image here. The shop even has its own radio station and often partners with local bands to help promote them. All of this does not deter Floyd's from continuing to offer services at rates that customers can afford. Cuts range from $15- $34 and are guaranteed.
Hours: Sun 10 a.m. - 5 p.m.; Mon - Fri 10 a.m. - 8 p.m.; Sat 9 a.m. - 8 p.m.
A unisex barber shop, Bull Lock's specializes in hair. Locally-owned and located in the Highlands, Bull Lock's offers cuts and color services for men and women. The shop is minimalist and eco-friendly. There aren't a lot of bells and whistles, giving it an old school barbershop feel. Bull Lock's even recycles the hair that it cuts. This is perfect for the person who wants to get in for a haircut without a lot of fluff and frills, as they do not offer ancillary services such as nails, massages and waxing. This is a shop that is 100 percent dedicated to hair. Men's cuts range from $15-$25 and women's cuts range from $25-$38 depending on the type of cut. All of the stylists at Bull Lock's are hair cutting experts, so you get a great value for your money.
Hours: Mon 9 a.m - 3 p.m.; Tues - Sat 10 a.m. - 6 p.m.
Clementine's is a boutique salon and a recent addition to the Denver area. This Highlands establishment is clean, the people are friendly and the haircuts are affordable. With cushy seats and a loft atmosphere, Clementine's has a cool, urban vibe that will leave you feeling chic and glamorous. Haircuts range from $30 to $55, depending on the stylist. Each stylist's rates can be found in the stylist section of the website, so double check before booking your appointment. Clementine's is also a boutique featuring jewelry and hair care products from Bumble and Bumble.
Remember, a great haircut doesn't have to cost a lot of money, but you are more likely to get the result you want by communicating with your stylist. Visit some of the salons listed above and treat yourself to a new 'do for the New Year.
Alaina Brandenburger is a freelance writer living in Denver. Her work can be found at Examiner.com.
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