Even though I'm officially brown-bagging my lunch since the e-word fell into a r-word, the one thing I can’t bear to give up is my pricey haircuts. Try as I might, I just can’t cut back on them. I’ve considered trying to DIY, but I had a bad experience in my youth that left me with uneven, half-inch long bangs on Picture Day Eve, so I can’t even handle a pair of shears without having traumatic flashbacks. I guess I’m a salon snob, but I dealt with so many horrible hair cuts back in the day (hello infamous bowl cut of '92), that the minute I had the chance, I plopped myself in a chair at Bumble and have refused to go anywhere less since. The unfortunate side effect of this stubbornness is that my already anemic bank account goes on life support every 6 - 8 weeks. So, news: Ted Gibson, one of my all-time favorite stylists and an all around sweetheart, was feeling my pain. The man behind the hair of Angelina Jolie and Anne Hathaway understands that times are rough and wallets are tight so he’s launching Recessionista Tuesdays at his eponymous salon. Every Tuesday, you can swing by the Fifth Avenue location for bargain basement prices on all the basic services. We’re talking $40 for a blowout and $75 and up for a cut or color. Considering the usual base price for services is $125, that’s one hell of a deal. Best of all, if you swing by the salon between 10 and noon on Tuesdays and drop your business card, you’ll be entered to win a free hair makeover with Ted himself at the end of the day. The economy might be a mess but Ted is apparently a firm believer that your hair shouldn’t have to be. Amen. --MEGAN MCINTYRE
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