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5 Tips to Save Money at the Hair Salon and Make Your Haircut Last


For me, heading to the hairstylist is practically a form of therapy. My stylist lives in my neighborhood, so it means a couple of hours in the chair, dishing about our friends and talking about life in general. Since it saves me money on a real therapist, I consider our regular appointments a fantastic investment. But when funds are low, some of the first things to go are little luxuries, such as hairstyling and manicures.

However, instead of completely sacrificing my personal style to my personal budget, I’ve found a few ways to make sure that my haircut stays looking fresher for longer. That means longer times between visits with my hairstylist, which translates to savings in my bank account. By knowing how to make your style last, you won’t need to go in for a trim every six weeks.

How to Save on Hairstyling

If you don’t want to sacrifice style to a tight budget, start by taking care of your tresses. Lifeless, dull hair looks cheap and uncared for, so you’ll need to spend some extra time to keep your locks healthier. Here are some of the best tips for extending the time between salon visits.

1. Get the Right Cut

After seeing Rihanna rock a bright red perm, you might be tempted to try the same. But remember that stars in magazines have entire teams devoted to their hair – and you don’t.

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When you get a haircut, choose one that works with your natural hair texture. If you have wavy locks, a loose, layered cut works best. If you have fine, thin hair, go for a shaggy bob. That way, as your hair grows, it looks stylish, not awkward.

The same goes for colors. Remember that drastic changes result in heinous roots after about six months, so go with something closer to your natural color or a shade that you can easily reproduce with a boxed color at home.

2. Condition, Condition, Condition

When your cut starts to deteriorate, you can usually see it in the ends of your hair. I begin to desire a trip to the hairdresser when I notice that my locks aren’t exactly salon-smooth. That’s why deep conditioning can seriously help to fortify your hair.

By skipping the harsh shampoos and picking one meant for color-treated or damaged hair, you can follow up with a moisturizing conditioner to help keep your tresses stay strong. Additionally, it helps if you try a weekly deep conditioning treatment. You can snag one at the drugstore or mix your own along with natural homemade shampoo by mashing up an avocado and adding enough olive oil to make a paste. Spread it over dry locks and wrap in plastic wrap for 30 minutes. Rinse it out and you’ll have ultra-shiny, healthy hair that looks salon fresh.

Natural Homemade Shampoo3. Skip Styling

If you asked for a cut that works with your hair’s natural texture, you shouldn’t need to tame your hair with blow dryers, flat irons, and curling irons. This was a lesson I learned the hard way. After months of abuse with my heated styling tools, I noticed that I was making more frequent appointments with my stylist. That’s because I was doing major damage to my hair, leaving it looking fried and frizzy.

Now, I save my heated tools for one or two days per week and let my hair air dry the rest of the time. My hair looks healthier and I don’t need to see my stylist as often.

4. Trim Your Bangs

Are you handy with a pair of scissors? You can maintain your bang-heavy look with a set from the beauty supply store. Trimming your own bangs is surprisingly easy, especially if you were smart about getting layered, fringe bangs instead of a blunt set.

The trick is to hold scissors vertically when trimming your own bangs. Cut only a half-inch at a time, and stop cutting when your bangs are just a bit longer than when your stylist first cut them in. That will save you from cutting them too short and needing an emergency trip to the salon to repair the damage.

5. Get a Blowout

Sometimes, you think you need a new haircut when all you really need is a fresh style. Instead of spending dough on a cut, head to the salon for a $10 blowout. Your stylist can show you a couple of different ways to style your hair, and you’ll get that just-from-the-salon feeling without spending a ton. It’s the perfect way to freshen your hairstyle before a big event or date.

Final Word

Manicures, haircuts, and coloring are some of the first things to cut from a strained budget. But that doesn’t mean you have to completely forgo any type of styling. Gear up for a budget freeze by getting a flattering cut at the salon, and work to maintain your style at home on the cheap.

Do you have any other style-saving tips?

Jacqueline Curtis writes about edtech, finance, marketing, and small business strategy. With over 14 years of copywriting experience, she's created content and scripting for organizations such as GE, Walgreens, Overstock, and MasterCard. She lives in Utah with her husband, three kids, and an overzealous springer spaniel named Penelope.