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Staff Picks: Best Places To Get A Haircut In State College

While getting distracted with schoolwork, clubs, and everything in between, you might forget to realize that it’s time for a haircut.

Even though many people still get their trimmings at home, there are plenty of great places to choose from to get a new look. With that said, some of our staffers made their picks for the best places to a haircut in State College.

Lindsay Tagliere: J. Rose & Co. Salon

J. Rose & Co. Salon has been my go-to for haircuts over the last year. Jenny’s absolutely wonderful. I swear she works magic and has never given me a bad haircut. I always leave with exactly what I wanted going in without any fuss. Her salon is in the Retreat clubhouse at 300 Waupelani Drive, but there’s also an option for house calls on her website.

The conversation is never lacking, she’s super knowledgeable about hair and exactly what you need to get your hair shiny and healthy, and booking an appointment is super easy. I cannot recommend her enough. To get a good look at her work, check her out on Instagram at @jrosesalon.

Will Pegler: Michael’s Silver Scissors

This may be a lesser-known spot, but Michael’s Silver Scissors is a great place to get a trim. Along with the fact that the store sits right across from Bagel Crust on Calder Way so you can grab a breakfast sandwich when you’re done, Michael is an absolute gem.

Just let the man know what you’re looking for, and he’ll get it done. He’s also a fun guy to chat with and offers a solid price compared to other places in State College.

Acacia Aster Broder: Looks Hair Design

My favorite place to get my hair cut in State College is Looks Hair Design. The salon is super clean, and the staff is really friendly. A bit on the pricier end for State College, but you definitely get your money’s worth. Every haircut and dye job I’ve had from them has been perfect, easily rivaling cuts I’ve had from pricier salons at home in Philadelphia. Definitely my go-to place when I need a cut!

Michael Tauriello: Pete Nebroski

I found Pete during the late stages of my freshman year while I was still really on the search for the best haircut in State College. That said, ever since I found him, I haven’t gone anywhere else! Located on East Calder Way, Pete’s humble barbershop is independently run and offers a good haircut for a more than fair price.

Pete’s also great for a conversation about nearly anything on your mind. He got his barber license a couple of years ago, but with the haircut that he gives and the business he runs, you’d think he’d been doing this for much longer. It’s also worth mentioning that he averages a 5.0 (!) rating with 633 reviews on his Genbook page. Pete’s the real deal, and I definitely look forward to my next haircut!

Connor Krause: Fetterolf’s

Located right in the heart of College Ave, Fetterolf’s has been a staple in the State College community for decades. The barbers are all friendly and efficient. Appointments are always met on a timely basis without much back-up between customers.

Additionally, the shop possesses a classic Penn State feel with autographed memorabilia from several Nittany Lion legends covering almost every inch of the walls. From the experience to the cut itself, you absolutely cannot go wrong with Fetterolf’s.

Jordan Mansberger: Great Clips

Some people are looking for a good cut. Others, an exceptional trim. Personally, I’m looking for a great clip. This may be the most basic pick on the list, but the Great Clips on Atherton has never let me down. The wait time is normally not bad at all if you are like me and are too lazy to schedule an appointment beforehand.

Matt DiSanto: Rinaldo’s

Located at 107 S. Allen Street, Rinaldo’s is a blast from the past in the best way possible. It sports a classic look, has friendly service, and is dependable no matter what kind of trim you’re looking for.

Look, I literally haven’t cut my hair since shaving it for THON (2020!) and am currently rocking the post-quarantine flow. But as soon as I muster the stones to head out into the real world, I’m getting a cut at Rinaldo’s.

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