247Moms Frugal Living Editor
I’ve been a client at a particular salon in town for some
During my latest visit, I
asked them for their ideas and advice.
First of all, visit more than one salon when you’re new in
town or looking to find a new stylist.
Recommendations from friends whose looks you admire can be reliable, but
ultimately you need to find someone you want to build a long term “beauty
relationship” with. Loyalty to one
particular stylist and/or salon has its benefits. Discounts for referring friends, your birthday, anniversary
or other unadvertised specials may be available.
When you interview stylists, look for those who are
genuinely interested in the look you want. Showing them magazine pictures is helpful; however remember
that beauticians are not magicians.
Stylists recommend bringing photos of yourself with hairstyles that you
liked (or didn’t). When you leave
with the look you love, take a photo of yourself for your next visit.
Before you decide on the work that you want to have done, be
sure that you have communicated your budget. An experienced
stylist should be able to help you create an affordable version of the look you
want, and not try to “up-sell” you on something that is more than you can
maintain. Consider and discuss the
frequency you wish to have “touch-ups” done. Stylists may offer you discounts based on how often you
visit. Those that have their hair
colored every 10 weeks will pay the published price. If you like to have your color updated more often, you’ll
Other Hair Color Tips:
With your stylist, choose a hairstyle that’s consistent with the amount
of time you usually devote to your hair. To get the best result with a coloring
process, discuss any products you’ve been using, water type at home and any
color-related negative experiences.
Coupons can be found for beauty expenses. Look in local phone books, on the backs
of grocery receipts, ValPak.com, chambers of commerce, newspapers and other
couponing places. Before you
“salon-hop”, from one deal to the next, realize that cheaper may not always be
better. Sometimes longevity and
trust will pay better dividends in the long run.
Hair product prices change similar to grocery prices. Companies may also discount their
products seasonally and/or with holidays.
Inquire about the sale cycle of the products you prefer. Salon shampoos and conditioners are
concentrated. Use less! The best buy is a 1-Liter bottle, which
should last several months to a year.
Unopened product has a shelf life of 2-3 years. When you find a good price on the
product you prefer, stock up.
Salon products are purer than drugstore brands. When you invest in coloring your hair,
you want that look to last.
Drugstore brands contain wax and other additives which long-term, are
known to deteriorate the life of your hair color processes.
During busy seasons, or to handle the
“less-fun” tasks of doing hair, salons may be agreeable to trading your work
for reduced beauty treatments.
Inquire, and be sure you understand the bartering requirements.
Once your hair process is underway and you’re comfortable
with what your stylist is doing, delve into what they’ve heard lately. Hair stylists talk to a whole lot of
people over the course of a week.
They’re good sources for jobs, finding reliable businesses, jobs,
babysitters, and other beneficial information.
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