Visiting a hair salon is simultaneously the worst and best part of my to-do list. While I like getting a new hairstyle, I hate handing over the money it takes to get one. Whether we like it or not hair upkeep is a necessity in our budget. I'm not even close to brave enough to buzz everything off just to save money. And if you're reading this, you're not willing to do that either.
I like to alternate these tips to help cut down the on the yearly cost.
Increase the Time in Between Cuts
This is completely dependent on the type of hairstyle you have. My hair is long, with blended layers. The only real upkeep I have is a trim here or there. Because my hair isn't bluntly cut straight across, you can't tell if it's been 6 or 12 weeks since I cut it last.
By the way, it's been 16 weeks and it still looks great. Just keep reading to find out why.
Plenty of TLC
Not everyone is born with luscious, healthy locks. Some people get breakage just by washing their hair too often. (Me, me, me!) To avoid this, I use Suave Professionals Keratin Infusion Dry Shampooto extend the hair washing to at least every other day. It's less than $5.00 a bottle and it does the trick without leaving any of that nasty white residue.
I'm also religious about hair masks and I don't spend a lot of money to use them. I use a small handful of organic coconut oil (like this one by Viva Labs), slather it in my hair, and let it soak for about an hour. This keeps my hair strong and the split ends almost non existent.
Word of advice: If you're going to use coconut oil, make sure it'sunrefined, cold-pressed, and extra virgin for the best results!
This is the most obvious piece of advice I can give you. Heat damages the hair. We all know it. If you want to avoid trimming every 6 weeks, cut back (or completely stop!) using heating tools.
Now, if you're like me and want to have a pretty curl every now and then, be sure to use a heat protectant like TRESemme's Smoothing Spray. My hair starts to break and split if I forget to use this even once .
If you're brave enough, have a student hairstylist or barber cut your hair. They typically have a supervisor there so nothing can get too far out of hand. And their rates are a fraction of what it would cost in a fancier salon. Although...
...sometimes it's necessary to shell out the $50 to get a professional, layered cut. But only about once every 18 months if you have a lower maintenance hairstyle.
Once you have the cut you really like, you only need to worry about trims and touch ups. Those can be taken care of at a more affordable hair salon.
It's been over 2 years since I spent a cent over $25 on a cut and I'm still incredibly happy with the way my hair looks.
Are you a student, senior citizen, or military personnel? It can't hurt to ask if they provide a discount for those categories. In fact, they usually do.
I used to be embarrassed (ridiculous, I know) to ask for student discounts when I was in college. Now I'm out of college and still too young for the senior discount. Shoulda, woulda, coulda, my friends!
Stop the Dye
Coloring your hair is so expensive! And then there's the upkeep and fancy shampoo to try to make it last longer.
If you absolutely can't live without a different shade from your own, try to keep the dye a shade that's at least similar to your natural hair color. It's easier to extend a trip to the salon if you don't have brunette roots growing into blonde locks.
Cut You Own Hair
This is only for the bravest of the brave! Research YouTube tutorials and work very carefully and very patiently. This is not the type of situation where you can just wing it and still look good!
I don't cut my own hair but I know people who do. Some of them haven't paid for a haircut in over 10 years. That's a lot of money that's been saved!
Maintaining your beautiful hair shouldn't be a huge expense. You don't have to wait 16 weeks in between cuts like I do, but there's no rule that says you have to go every 4 weeks. And I'm a huge believer that if you treat your hair well it will return the favor and look good. This means no heat, limiting the dye, and lots of TLC.
Look for cosmetology students, budget salons, or even DIY tutorials if you can't afford an expensive hairstylist. There's talent everywhere, trust me. And you may even receive an extra discount!
How do you save money on haircuts?
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