Saving on haircuts and hair care is easy and always a great way to free up some cash for other things, even in good economic times. In this article you can find some ideas and tips on how to make the most out of
your beauty budget while not giving up your good looks and quality of your care.
Pick a low maintenance haircut
The best way to save on haircuts is to pick a style that does not require trims every three or six weeks. Many short styles and cuts with very distinct, straight lines, like one length bobs, loose their shape
quickly and require regular visits at the salon. Medium long to long, layered or choppy styles grow out gracefully and you will only have to get them cleaned up and trimmed every 8 or even 10 weeks.
Cut and color your own and have a party too!
Do it yourself! Buy a good pair of hair cutting scissors and learn how to cut your own bangs. It is easier than you think. You can also ask a friend to help and maybe give her a manicure in return. Get together
for regular “beauty parties” and help each other to color your hair and to do small and simple trims. Add some cupcakes and tea (wait with the wine until all the cutting has been done) and have a great bonding time
with your girlfriends.
Choose your Stylist
Many salons offer different prices according to the experience level of the stylist. If you are only there for a maintenance cut and not a refined, elaborate restyling, you should give one of the apprentices or new stylists a chance.
Salon brands smell and feel wonderful and do good things for your hair. But they can easily cost you more than the cut itself did. You can get great results also with brands that are available at your drugstore and even
with store own brands, generic brands that have the same ingredients as the more expensive bottles. Check the labels and you will be amazed at the savings.
Always remember that if your hair is damaged to a certain extend, there are no shampoos or conditioners that will fix it. They are made to clean your hair, to keep it moisturized, soft and shiny. Split ends,
extreme brittleness and hair breakage need to be fixed with scissors.
Watch how much you put in your hand. Especially if you have medium long or short hair, you do not need a handful of shampoo. The amount of one teaspoon is often more than enough.
Conditioner does not have to be distributed all over your hair. Massage it in the ends or when your hair is long, in the lower third or half of it.
Once you found your favorite shampoo and conditioner that you plan to use for a long time, check if it is available in large bottles. The cost per ounce or milliliter is much less. Often you can find those in
megastores like Costco, Sam’s Club or even Walmart. These bottles usually come with a practical pump dispenser that will help you with the dosage. No need to push it three times… start with a one time pump and see
where it will take you.
Add a scent and save dollars
If you like to switch fragrances and usually buy many different shampoos, try this trick: buy a neutral smelling shampoo and add a drop or two of your favorite essential oils into your hand before your wash your
hair. You can do the same with your conditioner. One little bottle of essential oil goes a long way and has many uses, not just for your hair. It is a worthy expense, especially when you choose natural oils like
lavender, rosemary or eucalyptus, which have many health benefits. You could even make your own shampoo!