When we start budgeting, a lot of the “luxury costs” get hit first. This includes beauty and salon costs. As a mom, one of the things I like to do for myself is to go to the salon and relax, it is my form of therapy! I have found ways to save money at the salon without feeling deprived by using a few frugal beauty tips.
We all work hard so it is important to be able to treat ourselves with a relaxing trip to the salon without stressing about how much we are spending.
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Easily Save Money at the Salon
Referrals and Rewards
If you go to a chain salon, you may be able to sign up for any reward programs they may have. This can get you a free service, like a cut or blowout. You may even be able to get a percentage off your visit. I love using refer a friend programs to get free services!
If you go to a smaller salon, ask if they have any type of special promotions or referral programs. They may be able to offer these to you if you just ask. Make sure to follow your salon on Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram to see if they offer any special promotions for followers.
Know When to Go
A lot of salons will raise their rates during wedding, prom, and holiday seasons. If you can, try to wait and make an appointment at another time. Most places will have specials during back to school and summer times. This is such an easy way to save money at the salon.
Another easy way to save money at the salon is to score a great deal on beauty treatments by using sites like Groupon. They offer some great discounts for 50% off or more. Look under the Beauty & Spa section for deals on massages, hair cuts, manis & pedis, waxing, facials, extensions, and so much more. This is a great way to try out new salons, too.
Skip the Salon Products
If your stylist suggests certain products that might help your hair, skip on buying those products from the salon. You can write down the brand and name of the product and search online for a better price. Salons usually have high markups. You can usually get a lot better price when you search Amazon or you can look for a cheaper alternative.
Do Root Touch Ups at Home
If you color your hair or get highlights, you might be able to get away with doing root touch ups at home. This will depend on your color but a lot of boxed hair colors work great. This will help prolong your salon visits. Instead of paying around $40 for a touch up, you will only be paying around $8 to do it yourself.
I love these tips for getting the perfect hair color at home.
Tips to Save Money at the Hair and Nail Salon
Get a Low Maintenance Cut or Color
Instead of getting a style that is trendy, get one that will work well with your hair type, color, and texture. This way you won’t be spending a lot on upkeep and it can grow out and still look great.
If you get highlights, ask your stylist to put them under the first layer of hair and get a color that is close to your natural color. That way when your hair grows, the roots won’t be as noticeable and you can stretch out your visit to the salon.
Saving money at the salon actually starts at home. Take good care of your hair and use the proper products. If you have color treated hair, use a shampoo and conditioner that is specifically designed for colored hair and it will last a lot longer.
To keep your hair looking healthy, use a deep conditioner once a week. You can even find recipes online for treatments you can make yourself and that are more natural.
Don’t forget to look up beauty schools in your area. If you really want to save but don’t want to give up your beauty routine, this may be a good option.
All students are closely supervised by an instructor and they can offer you treatments for half off what you may normally pay elsewhere. Just do a quick Google search to find one in your area and give them a call to see what they offer.
Talk to your Stylist
Be honest with your stylist about your budget. Let her know what kind of look you want and how much you want to spend. She may be able to give you some great advice about what will work for you and what you should skip on.
Also, ask if they offer free trims. Most stylists won’t charge you if you just want a quick bang trim. This alone can help prolong your visits.
I honestly only get my hair cut about twice a year. I get a cut that will look good even when it grows out so I only go when I want to get rid of the length. I also do my manis & pedis at home unless it is a special occasion.
This alone saves me so much money. What are some ways you save money at the salon or on your beauty routine?