Over the years, I’ve found myself paying more and more just to have my stylist cut my hair.
I joke that it seems silly to pay someone so much money to take away my hair.
These days, it’s common for hair salon prices to reach into the triple digits, even for just a haircut.
If you care about your hair and your wallet, there are ways to cut the salon bill without sacrificing your style.
Ease Up on Your Routine
If your beauty routine regularly includes ironing your hair, curling it or using a blow dryer on a daily basis, you might want to relax a bit.
Over-styling your hair leads to damage, which means you’ll have to spend more time in the stylist’s chair.
The next time you get your hair cut and styled, ask your stylist to cut it in a way that lets you style it naturally.
For example, if you have wavy hair, a layered cut is ideal. A relaxed bob is ideal for fine hair, as it naturally adds more volume.
Limit use of styling tools to just a few times a week to minimize further damage.
See a Student
Hair salon prices can be exorbitant, but if you’re willing to let a stylist in training have a go at your hair, you can save a considerable amount of money.
Check out cosmetic training schools or places such as the Jean Madeline Aveda Institute, which let you book an appointment with a student for a range of services, often at a considerably discounted rate.
Keep in mind that visiting a student stylist will be different from heading to your usual salon.
The cut or color might take longer, as the student will need to check in with an instructor as she works. Some students are less far along in their studies and might not be as adept with the scissors or dye yet.
If there aren’t beauty schools or training salons in your town, try going to a chain, discount salon for routine upkeep.
A hairstylist at a chain can give you a trim and help you maintain your cut between bookings with your pricey stylist. Most chains offer haircuts for less than $30.
Trim Your Fringe
If you have bangs, most salons will give you a trim for free. If you don’t have the time to pop into your salon for a quick trim, you can do the job yourself.
Hold the scissors upright, instead of horizontally when you trim the bangs. Make small cuts, no more than 1/2 inch at a time, to avoid over-cutting your bangs.
Resist the urge to cut a lot and stop trimming when your bangs are slightly longer than they were when you left the salon.
Dye It Yourself
Boxed hair dyes have come a long way in recent years. The dyes are now made to be conditioning and easy-to-use.
If you want a subtle change, such as a slightly darker shade or to conceal some grays, try dying your hair at home. You can end up saving hundreds of dollars over the cost of heading to your salon.
A few words of warning about home hair dye, though. Home isn’t the place to try to bleach your hair or to make a drastic color change.
If your hair is blonde and you want to become a brunette, it’s time for a salon visit.
Care for Your Hair
Pampering your hair as part of your beauty routine will let you extend time between visits.
When you use a lot of product on your hair or use a harsh shampoo, you end up having to go to the salon more often, as your hair looks lifeless and dull.
Condition your hair often and look for shampoos that feature built-in conditions to keep your hair soft.
Try a deep-conditioning treatment at least once a week. You make your own conditioning treating using coconut oil or an avocado. Let the oil sit on your hair for about 30 minutes, then rinse off.
Kelly Anderson is a financial planner who blogs about financial advice you can use in your everyday life. Connect with her on Twitter, Facebook and Google+.