Want to save at least half on your next haircut or hair color? Just book an appointment with a student, and you'll pay about a quarter of the regular price.

And don't worry, you're in well-trained hands. "Students tend to be very critical of their work, providing nothing less than perfection because they are working for a grade," explains Barry Brian, the artistic director of Empire Beauty Schools. "Students are also supervised by a licensed educator, so the client will always be comfortable knowing that the student has the support and guidance, if needed." Have you ever participated in a training program?

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