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Rudy's blows. They act like they're listening to what you're asking for, then bam, buzzcut.

Posted by Mr. Poe | June 29, 2007 10:34 AM

all i know is i hate getting my hair cut period. its so expensive for me, a female, to get a basic trim. i don't want any fancy fucking emo type hair cut. i just don't want to have my hair so fucking long.

oh and my bad experience was at vain. fucking guy didn't listen to what i wanted and ended up cutting my hair WAY too short. oh and talk about over priced jesus christ.

Posted by argh | June 29, 2007 10:39 AM

Go to Liana's on Olive near the Police Station. It is an inexpensive haircut and I have always thought a good basic cut. Ask for Liana or her sister Nancy.

And yeah, Rudy's I have not been at for years since the one really good guy who cut hair (Brian) left awhile back. The other "stylists" would be better off trimming hedges or trees.

Posted by Andrew | June 29, 2007 10:40 AM

The Cap Hill Rudy's is and always has been pretty awful. The Phinney Ridge outlet is much better.

If you are looking for a quality haircut on the Hill I would go to Zero-Zero, they are reasonable ($25ish). I especially like Desiree, but everyone there is great.

Posted by dj girth | June 29, 2007 10:41 AM

I go to Jim's Barber Shop on 15th East across the street from On 15th Video; his son Tim is the barber. Haircut: $13.

It's kinda dirty, what with Playboys and Popular Mechanics and such all over the place plus NASCAR on TV, but it's also charmingly unpretentious, affordable and Tim's a super nice guy.

This is a real Barber Shop, though. It's not for you if you want your hair washed, styled and gelled, 'cause Tim don't play that.

Posted by Original Andrew | June 29, 2007 10:41 AM

I agree. I like to get my bangs cut really short so that I don't have to get a haircut that often. So I specifically asked to have them cut short and said I didn't mind if they were really really short.

I guess this guy made an artistic decision and after he finished up he admitted that he did not cut my bangs short like i asked. Merely one month later, I needed another haircut. So I just cut my bangs myself.

It's not like I asked for a mullet.

Posted by D. | June 29, 2007 10:41 AM

Rudy's in Fremont set me up brilliantly last time. The ladies were super-nice, 5 minute waittime. In reality, I'm a Super-Cuts kind of guy, although my best haircuts have been done by women friends for free. And then there was the mohawk done by my buddy. Actually, a woman in Skyway next to the bar I go to is really good, but ever since the one time she cut my hair, she's slowly become more distant when I see her on Karaoke nights. I guess trying to talk down the $25 price was a cosmetology faux-pas.

Posted by Garrett | June 29, 2007 10:42 AM

I've had nothing but good haircuts from the U District Rudy's, but there have been some weak ones from the Fremont and Capitol Hill shops.

Posted by Postureduck | June 29, 2007 10:43 AM

Try City Hair. Cuts start at $35. They're all about the stylish and affordable do.

Posted by Gigi | June 29, 2007 10:43 AM

Zero Zero was fabulous! For a mid-length female haircut, nothing fancy just a trim and a bit of layering, it was $27 w/ tip. He totaly listened to what I wanted (I know my hair and what looks good) and 3 months later, my hair is still looking fab! I'll be going back next month for another haircut. More info at about Zero Zero at

Posted by J on 1st Hill | June 29, 2007 10:44 AM

i stopped that drama when my sister when to beauty school. now i have someone in the family that cuts me hair whenever, however, and for super cheap.
but, due to horrifying hair experiences long before this i am now afraid to move too many cities away from my sister.

Posted by yungrii | June 29, 2007 10:46 AM

zero zero on summit at pine... always do a stellar job.

Posted by paul | June 29, 2007 10:50 AM

Just get Josh Feit to shave your head.

Posted by Jonah S | June 29, 2007 10:58 AM

Spin's in Wallingford is the shit, and Spin is a cool guy.

4501 Interlake Ave N Seattle, Washington 98103 (206) 547-9667

Posted by satisfied customer | June 29, 2007 11:01 AM

Zero Zero is the only answer!

Posted by Tom C. | June 29, 2007 11:03 AM

Capitol Hill Hair on 19th & Republican has always been awesome.

I avoid Rudy's like the plague after a friend went to get a haircut advertised for $15 (approx), and then was charged $90+, then told that that was the correct price, then evil-eyed when he didn't tip.

Posted by Jessica | June 29, 2007 11:05 AM

Try Scream. Not the best, but better than Rudy's.

Posted by DOUG. | June 29, 2007 11:07 AM

Just go to Hairmasters. $16 for a cut and wash, and they do your hair to order.

Posted by Gomez | June 29, 2007 11:17 AM

last time i went to rudy's the stylist was more interested in talking to her junkies than cutting my hair. i wound up looking like a cop.

that was 8 (?) years ago.

Posted by maxsolomon | June 29, 2007 11:18 AM

I love Zero Zero.

Posted by It's Mark Mitchell | June 29, 2007 11:24 AM

Acme Barber Shop, corner of Denny and Bellevue Ave.

Posted by Phenics | June 29, 2007 11:26 AM

I quit Rudy's when I finally had enough. Everytime I went they skipped my name for people who showed up and wrote their name AFTER me. Then to appease me they always rushed through my haircut and it ended up sucking. Bullplop!

So I went to Zero Zero for a while and they were super nice but sadly the haircuts weren't.

I now go to Nucleus. It's right behind the Olive Way Starbucks on Summit Ave. They rock!

Posted by monkey | June 29, 2007 11:26 AM

Scream just off broadway on Thomas - way better than Rudy's and fun to visit. I've been getting my hair cut and bleached there for years.

Posted by Sparky | June 29, 2007 11:31 AM

Another vote for Liana's. Though they've recently gotten 2 new stylists, and one of them isn't that great (forgot her name though). Anyway, just ask for Nancy or Liana (I prefer Nancy). A simple men's haircut is something like $14.

Posted by Tony | June 29, 2007 11:32 AM

i cut my own. it's really very easy, especially if you are just doing short. i can even add different lengths now.

Posted by konstantConsumer | June 29, 2007 11:34 AM

Rudy's sucks! Never again you bastards!

The best haircut in town is on Rainier Avenue, on the corner just north of the Safeway. A little barber shop owned by 3 Chinese women who speak broken Engrish, wear leather miniskirts, and only charge $10 for a damn good haircut. Recommended!

Posted by Gurldoggie | June 29, 2007 11:37 AM

I've heard only good things about Zero Zero, but never been there. As far as Rudy's goes, Jonathan, it is hit or miss, but my roommate, Kelli, works in the Belltown one and she is AWESOME. Go to her! Seriously. She's there Thursday through Monday. Also, @16. $90?!?!? I think you got some incorrect information there.

Posted by Callie | June 29, 2007 11:38 AM

Is anyone from Rudy's listening?

Posted by mattro2.0 | June 29, 2007 11:42 AM

The best haircut for the money is Helmet Head in Georgetown. Relax with a scalp massage and a PBR! I still go there after moving to Capitol Hill.

Posted by manpants | June 29, 2007 11:46 AM

I second the Spins recommendation, my husband goes there. Yeah, it's not CapHill but his cuts are always awesome and the man has some of the best taste in music in this town. Worth the trip and the extra 10 spot.

Posted by Courtney | June 29, 2007 11:48 AM

I gave up on Rudy's when they gave me a she-mullet a week before I moved to San Francisco in 1996. I simply could never forgive them.

Posted by Ariel | June 29, 2007 11:53 AM

I've been one for two at Spins. First time was great, second time was awful -- and it was the same guy who ruined me at Lucky Seven around the corner.

Now I bite the bullet and pay the nice lady at the fancy salon $50, because she does a great job. I don't want a buzzcut anymore.

Though I'm about a month overdue right now and if you saw my hair right now you'd run away from my stylist (and from me). So I won't tell you her name.

Posted by Fnarf | June 29, 2007 11:56 AM

@27-- it was at the Bellevue one, and I saw his reciept. $91 for a cut.

Posted by Jessica | June 29, 2007 11:57 AM

I also endorse Zero Zero. Ask for Todd, the owner. Word is the others are good too, but Todd is good, and since he owns the place, he won't be leaving in 2 months.

Posted by Anthony Hecht | June 29, 2007 12:01 PM

I've had good luck at The Luck 7 in Wallingford, but since I just basically ask for them to cut it all off, it's kind of moot.

Posted by elswinger | June 29, 2007 12:01 PM

One more vote for Zero Zero--ask for Julea and ask her questions about the lives of eccentric mathematicians. She gave me my last cut and it still makes me fricken' happy.

Posted by Ian S. | June 29, 2007 12:01 PM

One vote for Patricia at Folicle (the space next to the new Walgreen's on Broadway). Patricia is very chill, takes her time to get it right, and listens well (she also speaks Spanish). Your cut may also end with a neck massage if you tip well and there's no one waiting...

Posted by High-Rise | June 29, 2007 12:06 PM

If you're out in Ballard, Baba Louise on NW 65th is the way to go. I drive there from West Seattle for my cuts - it's that good!

Posted by Explorer | June 29, 2007 12:08 PM

Rudy's on the Hill and in the U-District are totally inconsistent. I've gotten haircuts at both that I took pictures of so they could be reproduced in the future, and haircuts so bad I made them buzz it off and left no tip.

Zero Zero is consistently good.

Posted by Gitai | June 29, 2007 12:23 PM

Try Clean Cut Barber Shop, 221 James St,
downtown and ask for Miguel. The shop looks like it's been there for 100 years.

Posted by clean cuts | June 29, 2007 12:24 PM

Sal's ain't bad. when they're open. i really like Clean Cut on 3rd & James(or is it Cherry?)...those cats always hook it up. good convo in there too.

but riddle me this- why are so-called hiphop barbershops the only place you can get a fade that doesn't make you look like billy blanks? why aren't white barbers required to learn how to do a decent fade? it's only been in style for 20 years.

Posted by lar | June 29, 2007 12:24 PM

Paul at Pandemos as been cutting my hair for 10+ years now, doing different styles as the times have changed. No complaints and a good price.

Posted by happy customer | June 29, 2007 12:26 PM

Folio on 45th in Wallingford. It's not Cap Hill, but Todd is great.

Posted by gaaahgrk | June 29, 2007 12:33 PM

Lucky 7 in Wallingford. Definitely. Ask for Yvonne.

Posted by 206Life | June 29, 2007 12:36 PM

These all sound like fine suggestions if you want a basic cut on the cheap. For around $40-45 bucks though, you can get a wash, cut, and style at Salon Moxi on Pine & 13th (next to Bootyland). All three ladies there are super cool and friendly and do a great job in a relaxing setting. It's a little more than what you were looking to spend, but it does include a FREE maintenance cut!

Posted by defman23 | June 29, 2007 12:46 PM

leave the ghetto. go to Helmet Head in Georgetown. Ask for Heather. $20, and then you can eat at Calamity Jane's of Georgetown Liquor Company.

Posted by rtm | June 29, 2007 12:54 PM

Another vote for Spin's in Wallingford. Spin, Jordan, Aaron, and Monica (hoping I remembered that one!) all do a great cut, and are all cool to talk to. They work on appointments mostly, but it's pretty easy to get in. You'll be glad you went. Try it.

(206) 547-9667

Posted by Steve G | June 29, 2007 12:56 PM

We love Kelli!! I agree with Callie @ 27. Unfortunately, she isn't at the Capitol Hill Rudy's, but it's worth it!! I really don't think it's a matter of WHERE you go, but who you go to. I have found my hair stylist, you just need to find yours. Then you can follow them around if they move salons. Good luck on finding someone and if you feel like making the "trip", go see Kelli at the Belltown Rudy's!!

Posted by Scottie | June 29, 2007 1:02 PM

Second Fnarf and defman: Spend 50 bucks on someone that turns your crank. It's like therapy.

Posted by Lloyd Clydesdale | June 29, 2007 1:04 PM

ace barber shop on broadway off john/olive. they gave me the "king of all cosmos" beard from katamari damacy and didn't complain. even when i don't ask them to do stupid shit they are great.

Posted by josh | June 29, 2007 1:47 PM

$50 for a haircut? Would rather spend that dosh on a nice deep tissue massage and get the $15 Great Clips special..

Posted by high | June 29, 2007 2:18 PM

another vote for Liana's.

Posted by investigatory journalist | June 29, 2007 2:33 PM

I second/third/etc... all the people who mentioned Zero-Zero, but would like to pimp out my stylist Henry. He gives a great cut and is a great guy.

Posted by Andy | June 29, 2007 2:44 PM

could not be happier - Liana's is THE place - reasonable, friendly and good, cut and beard trim for 20.00 - terrific cut

what a crock of baloney, the 50.00 cut --- WOW ---- yes shearing sheep of their bucks

Posted by Essex | June 29, 2007 3:08 PM

I love Scream on Capitol Hill. Been going there for ages now and I am always happy with the cut and colors I get there for more than a reasonable price!

Posted by lilblackcat | June 29, 2007 3:15 PM

I love Scream on Capitol Hill. Been going there for ages now and I am always happy with the cut and colors I get there for more than a reasonable price!

Posted by lilblackcat | June 29, 2007 3:15 PM

Jesus christ, people, if all a guy needs is a haircut, then why would he pay that much?! 50, 70, 90 dollars?! For a haircut?!

Hipsters are stupid with their money, absolutely brain dead retarded STUPID.

Seriously, guys, you're not losing that much getting it done at Great Clips, Supercuts or Hairmasters for $15-20. Spare the hipster joints that start at $30-50 your business. They probably don't need it ;P

Posted by Gomez | June 29, 2007 3:28 PM

Gomez, if they didn't need it....

Ok, if you're a once-every-4 to 6-weeks guy, you keep it trim and no one ever actually notices that you get a hair cut, sure, go somewhere cheaper if you want, save some dough; they're basically just cutting it back into an already-visible style. Sort of dumb, in fact, to go to a salon that often. Unless that's no problem to your paycheck, I guess.

Me, on the other hand, I go once every 6 months or something like that. I look like a Jesus Freak (with hat-head) at that point, so spending 50 bucks to get gondola'd through the whole deforestation process by the same someone that's happy to see me again is calming to me, as well as a wash to the above.

Now, getting your hair cut every every six months at Great Clips, now that's worthy of establishing an additional savings account for.

Posted by Lloyd Clydesdale | June 29, 2007 3:48 PM

Just don't go to JC Penney! My mom took me there to get a perm when I was 17 and my luxurious auburn hair fell out leaving me with mousy brown crap and an ever expanding bald spot (which is why I always get a $10 buzz cut).

Posted by elswinger | June 29, 2007 3:56 PM

Rudy's is ridiculously inconsistent. If you've been more than once, you've gotten a horrible 5 minute cut by somebody who just broke with her girlfriend.

It's not a matter of location, it's a matter of the person you get there. That said, Paulette @ Rudy's in Belltown is great, although she's the only person I've met who's a little hot for Jeremy Piven. Make sure you tell her what's happening on Entourage b/c she's keeping via DVD.

Posted by vegetable lasagna | June 29, 2007 5:08 PM

Lewis at the U-District Rudy's cuts a fine head of hair. Best I have found in this city.

Other notables, both on top of Queen Anne:
Chad at Oslo's ($20 - includes a wash),
The Bostonian ($10).

Posted by paralogist | June 29, 2007 5:18 PM

Been going to Rudy's for over 6 years. No problems yet. If you get someone you like, stick to that person. That's all there is to it. Put your name on the list specifically for that stylist.

I've never been charged extra without being told first. This only happened two times.

What the hell do you guys do to have all these hilariously awful experiences there, anyway? Maybe if you told them "Fuck you, cut my hair right or ELSE!" then maybe I can understand the results you guys are reporting.

I think I would have seen someone freaking out at Rudy's over a bad cut after six years if the place didn't have a good reputation, but it hasn't happened yet. And the wait times continue to increase.

Posted by matthew fisher wilder | June 29, 2007 5:34 PM

wow, awesome to see so many responses here!

seems like zero zero gets the most recommendations, and lianas comes in second. im gonna go w zero zero. ill let you guys know how it goes.

thanks for all your suggestions! go slog!

Posted by jz | June 29, 2007 5:36 PM

Acme (Bellvue and Denny) . Great stylists, great music, great hairdo. I highly recomend it.

Posted by catalina vel-duray | June 29, 2007 7:59 PM

Ace on Broadway and John. Same price as Rudies, but they rock.

Hairmasters is closed, Gomez.

Posted by Sean | June 29, 2007 9:57 PM

hey, so sorry about any bad experiences at any of the rudy's. thanks to 60, 48, and 27 for the love. and if you read them, note they are all at the belltown location. so come down and check us out. and if you are unhappy with your service or haircut you do have a week to go to any location to get it fixed for FREE!so if that's the case then please speak up, we are more then happy to help in anyway.
kelli @ belltown

Posted by kelli | June 29, 2007 11:47 PM

Thanks for the comment! Nucleus is locally owned and operated, there's no turn over of people here, we all do a great job ! Nathan, Julie, Will and now welcoming Julea!

Posted by Will | June 30, 2007 10:54 AM

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