Some people walk in expecting a bar, others a concrete mixing company (?!), but American Cutting Company is really just a cool new salon offering low-priced cuts, colors, and styles designed to get you in, out, and on with your life.

Blowouts at the Blow Dry Bar — hence the occasional patron asking where the drinks are — are a house specialty, and take unruly locks from frizzy to sleek in a matter of minutes. How do we know? We test drove the dryers and shears, and we have the pictures to prove it.

Fellow intern Clancey Denis and I had our tresses tamed by Patrick and Angel, respectively. Clancey asked for a simple trim and got just that: a shampoo, a few snipped ends, and a blow-dried, more polished version of herself. The pro didn’t even pick up a straightener.

I was going to a store opening later that night; I explained the event and asked for something appropriate. Angel shampooed and blow-dried my naturally wavy hair into something a little more modern, glossy, and of course, straight, with a little flip at the ends.

Check out the slideshow for our before and afters.

With exposed brick walls, high here’s-how-you-know-you’re-in-a-stylish-city-setting ceilings, and a red neon sign advertising the aforementioned bar at the back of the open and airy space, the mix of historic and modern touches (don’t miss the iPad you can play with while you wait) is just what you want out of the kind of place that’s all about convenient pampering.

Prices range from $15 for a conditioning treatment to $105 for a haircut, shampoo and conditioner, full color, and styling. Walk-ins are always welcome but you can also make an appointment online at

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