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Use these resources to get personal services on the cheapIt's back to school season, and you want to leave summer behind looking and feeling good. But the moths in your wallet have begun to procreate. What's a prudent-pocketed spender to do this time of year? Some of the best deals on haircuts, acupuncture and massages can be found through services rendered to the public through trade colleges. You pay a discounted rate to get yourself poked, rubbed and coiffed by students, and they receive training that goes toward their accreditation. Aces! Go forth, and relax thriftily.
Get a Haircut
Albuquerque Barber College
601 San Pedro NE, #100, 266-4900
What: $5 flat-rate haircuts by barber students
When: Tuesday through Friday 9 a.m. to 4:15 p.m., Saturday 8:30 a.m. to 3:45 p.m.
DeWolff's College of Hair Styling & Cosmetology
1500 Eubank NE, 296-4100
What: Full-service salon, plus massages. Call for rates.
When: Tuesday through Friday 9:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m., Saturday 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
CNM School of Cosmetology
aka "Hairology 101"
CNM Cosmetology Lab at 5816 Isleta SW, 224-5034
What: Full-service hair salon, plus nails. Call for specific cut/style rates.
When: Monday through Friday 9 a.m. to 12:20 p.m. and 12:30 to 4:20 p.m.
Get a Massage
Aveda Institute de Bellas Artes
2614 Pennsylvania NE, 294-5333
What: Full-service salon and spa, includes facials and nails. Call for specific service rates.
When: Tuesday through Saturday 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Southwest Acupuncture College
7801 Academy NE, 888-8688
What: One-and-a-half-hour acupuncture sessions open to the public. $29.98, $16.03 for ages 55+. Free for cancer and HIV patients. Also, clients can request to be on a "cancellation" list, and if someone cancels their session, they can be squeezed in for free.
When: Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday 9 a.m. to 9 p.m.; Thursday and Friday 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.