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I Cut Off All My Hair And Only Paid 20 Bucks

Wednesday, December 25th, 2013

written by Carly Marsh

Sunday night, I crowd sourced on Facebook for good NYC salons I could walk into and get a cheap crop and blow out for under $80. One of my friends recommended I try out the Carsten Institute Salon, a cosmetology school right in Union Square, where I could get a cut for $20. A lot of people told me not to go to the schooling salon, but I figured, “what the heck, hair grows back, I’ll give it a shot!”

I called the salon the next morning, made an appointment, and an hour later went in armed with a picture of Jennifer Lawrence’s pixie cut and about as much bravery as I could muster up.

Everyone at there was very excited for me when I told them I wanted to chop it all off. I was just hoping it wouldn’t end in a Justin Biber-esque bowl cut and tears.

Pixie cut carly marsh

I was surprisingly pleased with my student stylist, although she seemed a little nervous (I think I was her first pixie cut.) Each time I could tell she didn’t know what to do, she grabbed her instructor. He was amazing. He’d come over to watch what she was doing with my hair, and then he’d take the reins and touch up my strands.

The end result was spectacular and only cost me $20 (I tipped an extra $10, I was so effing happy with it.) That’s better than my stylist back home in Middle-Of-No-Where, Pennyslvania.

They tried to sell me a tiny $18 tub of L’Oreal texturizing product, but I opted out and picked up a $7 tub of Organix Moroccan Surf Paste at my local drugstore and it works like a dream. It’s light and matte, not too sticky, and doesn’t make my hair look greasy at all.


I’ve been styling it up JLaw-esque for the past few days with my surf paste and today I even attempted using some paste and some hairspray to create a faux hawk.


I’m glad I let it all go, and cut it all off—without paying NYC salon prices upwards of $80.

  • woa, this is super cute!

  • Shauna Joelle Sarver

    Oh my lord!! This looks so fabulous on you!!! The last picture in this article though…!!! Holy crap!!!! You’re gorgeous!!! I’m so jealous!! I just chopped all mine off into a pixie as well but I feel it is no where as cute as yours!! You were MADE for short pixie hair!!!

    I added a picture of my current pixie to this comment… What do you think?

    • Very cute! You could do a lot of different pixie styles with the layers in your hair.