I love salon time. Being able to have an hour or two to myself—with the full attention of a beauty professional—is a welcome treat in my otherwise busy life. But the cost of routine services can become expensive, and I often wonder if my money can’t be better spent.
Luckily, I’ve found some ways to actually save money on these services, especially cuts; since these are what I get most often, this is where most of my money goes. Now, I can save money—without totally giving up these professional services!
Here are some ways you can do so, too.
Use coupons: Franchise locations regularly offer coupons for cuts.
Supercuts gives an automatic $2 off coupon with e-mail sign-up
Great Clips has on-going promotions
Sport Clips sends coupons via e-mail
Snip-Its has a $5 off referral program
Need more than a cut? Coupons for coloring, styling, straightening, and more are available from Ulta on a monthly basis. If there is no chain salon near you, check the local yellow pages, newspaper, and websites of individually-owned salons for any available coupons.
Say “No” to salon extras: In a salon, the customer pays for the shampooing, the cutting, the blow-out, and the style. So what can be eliminated? Maybe everything but the cut! Wash your hair before you go (just ask the stylist to wet it before cutting, if he/she prefers to cut damp hair), and kindly decline the style and use of products at the end. Most stylists will only charge you for the cut and not the additional dollars for the time and resources spent for the “extras.”
Slow hair growth by the phases of the moon: My grandmother swears by the Farmer’s Almanac, the classic, ole-time guide to living that includes remedies and weather predictions. Some believe that cutting hair after a full moon phase (when the light is waning) works to retard hair growth. Best days are listed by the Farmer’s Almanac here: http://www.farmersalmanac.com/calendar/best-days/health-beauty/cut-hair-to-retard-growth/ If you get your hair cut on one of these days—according to the Almanac—your hair will grow at a slower pace, meaning you’ll need to cut it less frequently, saving money.
Get it for free: With a little planning, salon services can be obtained for free. Redken and Aveda salons sometimes offer free services by stylists-in-training. In some major cities, you can even volunteer as a “hair model”. So if you are open to compromise with a style (based on the stylist’s developing skills) and have extra time to commit to an appointment (the appointment will probably take longer since the stylist is learning), this can be a fun, adventurous experience.
Not up for THAT much of an adventure? Call your local high school and inquire into their cosmetology program. Ask about volunteering for a cut, color, or highlights. While a student will be performing the service, the perk here is the supervision of a trained stylist/teacher.
Talk to your regular stylist: There’s no shame in having a financial conversation with someone who regularly provides services to you. So tell your stylist you are interested in saving money and ask about options. Perhaps she will recommend a cheap drug store hair product that works well, or maybe he can dye your hair in highlights that still look good as they grown out. When I asked my stylist about flat-irons, she gave me a great recommendation and even offered to order one for me with her company-direct stylist discount. Again, it doesn’t hurt to ask here.
So I Love to Gossip readers can even make routine grooming services less expensive with some planning and know-how. Now pardon me: I have a [cheap!] hair appointment to get to.
This is a guest post by Audrey W. from Texas
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