Cut the costs of your cut
Costs for haircuts and styling can mount but there are several options to keep the price down.
One solution is to become a model at one of France’s many hairdressing schools, and it is worthwhile calling your local académie or école de coiffure to see if they offer this service.
Prices and ways to book vary. Some ask you to detail the cut you want so they can fit you in at times when students work on that style, and some require a minimum length they can cut off.
Jean Louis David welcomes models to its schools at Lyon, Marseille, Rennes and Paris. In Lyon, appointments are usually booked a fortnight ahead. They like to be able to cut 3-4 cm and charge €7 for a cut and €8 for other services.
Franck Provost has schools in Paris, Lyon, Bordeaux, Rennes and Marseilles. Paris asks people to be assessed first then set a time for a session. It also prefers to cut 3 cm. Allow three hours. Costs are €9 for men, €11 for a woman’s cut and €18 for other treatments.
Montpellier Perform Académie is open weekdays and its website lists prices of €15 a cut and €29 for a colour.
Working with salons to fill slots, leciseau.fr has half-price cuts or treatments. Book and pay online for salons in Paris, Bordeaux, Montpellier, Saint-Etienne and Toulouse.
Each June L’Oréal has its Nuit de la Coiffure with free cuts and treatments in 2,500 salons across France. Check its site lorealprofessionnel.fr