New York

V Beauty Salon, NYC

New York is a place where people think nothing of shelling out $300 and up for a haircut.  I myself remain loyal to a wonderful stylist who sets me back $100 before tip every time I go in.  Is it worth it? Yes. I truly believe that it is.  However, I’m not a millionaire, and when times are extra tough, there is only one spot and one man that I trust to cut my hair for less.  A friend of a friend of a very wealthy friend knows about this place, tucked in the steaming fetid bowels of Chinatown.  Sound too  sketchy for you? Well, your loss because when you head down to V Salon, my man Ronnie will do you right for only 35 bones.

First a heavenly shampoo with scalp massage is administered by an older lady who knows what’s up.  Your scalp will feel utterly tingly with delight.  Then!  You are whisked away to a chair where Ronnie will ask you what you want and actually really listen.  I wouldn’t advise making any dramatic changes–he does err on the J-Pop side of things when it comes to angles, but for a straightforward trim or cut he’s fantastic, fast and never too heavy on the product.

For $35, that ain’t bad-and you can still afford to go get dumplings after.

V Beauty Salon (between Hester and Grand)

75 Elizabeth Street

(212) 966-7767

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Ashley Friedman - Cornerstore Correspondent

Ashley Friedman - Cornerstore Correspondent

Like most kids, Ashley grew up in New Jersey. Unlike most kids the Friedman's televison set acted as a third parent, imbuing young Ashley with the stern moral values of Claire Huxtable, the dramatic tendencies of Brenda Walsh and the earnest hopefulness of the blond kid on Silver Spoons. After graduating from Sarah Lawrence Ashley made her way to the Park Slope area of Brooklyn where she can currently be found reading foreign fashion magazines, scouring ebay for vintage heels, eating out in restaurants and otherwise stretching her meager income as far as it will go in NYC.