Hair Care 101 

Inexpensive back-to-school hair salon options

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Stepping into a new school year but still sporting that Kate Middleton hairdo circa May 2011? You need to get your duchess-inspired locks into a salon before the next changing of the guard. Luckily, we found a few beauty schools and salons around town that can trim that Middleton into something fresher for a more-than-reasonable price. And you get to support a few students.

The Aveda Institute
The Aveda Institute, located at the Pearl Brewery, offers a 10 percent discount on all hair services for college students who present their student IDs. This includes discounts on highlights, cuts, and hairstyles, but not those aromatic hair products. 250 Grayson, Ste. 101, (210) 222-0023,

The Milan Institute
The Milan Institute on Ingram Road offers haircuts Monday through Thursday till the end of August for only $3.99. The price is good for any length of hair and includes a shampoo. Additionally, all-over highlights, the in-house highlight special for this quarter, is half off when you purchase a hair-color product (with all-over highlights starting at $35, this brings the total down to as little as $17.50). Milan also offers machine steam facials by the esthetician students till the end of August on Thursdays, Fridays, and Saturdays for only $13.99. The 45-minute process includes exfoliating, and shoulder and arm massage. 6804 Ingram Road, (210) 521-6671,

San Antonio Beauty College
San Antonio Beauty College offers trims for college students and adults for only $6.50. However, they're also offering back-to-school haircuts for high schoolers and under. The special runs through August 27, with $3 trims for boys and $4 trims for girls. A design cut, such as layers or bangs, runs $5, regardless of length. 4130 Naco Perrin, (210) 654-9734.

Vogue College of Cosmetology
Vogue College of Cosmetology, also located on Ingram Road, runs specials throughout the week: $3 haircuts on Tuesdays for any length, boy or girl; facial waxing for $4 on Wednesdays; and highlights on Thursdays starting at $35. 6012 Ingram Rd, (210) 432-5904, — Désirée Prieto

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