Here are some tips for saving money on Hair Cuts. We all need to "trim" our budget these days and this is as good a place to start then any!
- Don't go to a Salon
I have a simple no-frills cut, for years I would go to a salon and spend $35-$45 every 6-weeks, I'm afraid to add up how much that costed me. I was reluctant to go someplace like Supercuts or Fantastic Sams believing I'd get an inferior cut. I finally swallowed my vanity and went to Fantastic Sams and was pleasantly surprised with a more then adequate cut. The women who worked there were older and obviously very experienced, unlike what I thought they would be young and fresh out of beauty school!
- Look for Newly Opened or Opening Salons
They will often offer discounts and promos to build up their clientelle!
- Ask for a Junior Stylist
If you just can't give up the Salon for a cheaper franchise store, ask if your Salon has a junior stylist. This is someone with less experience and will often offer their services at a discount.
- Get your cut at a Training Facility or Beauty School
You'll get a salon cut without the salon price. Keep in mind that they will do their work under the supervision of their instructors from a supervised stylist in training. They usually offer cuts, perms, manicures, waxing and more for a fraction of the cost. Think about asking who is nearest graduation, thus ensuring you'll get somebody with the most experience.
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- Look for Coupons
Keep your eyes open for salon coupons in your junk mail, newspaper and coupon booklets. Also check to see if some of the Salon's near you have an email mailing list and get yourself put on. That way you'll be notified of sales and promos. Don't forget to Google a salon with the word coupon to see what will come up!
- Stretch the Time in Between Visits
They would love you to think you need your hair cut every six weeks but that's a myth. The next time they say "let's put you in the book for your next visit now"....kindly decline. If you have simple cut/style you can easily stretch that to 8-10 weeks that will shave 3-4 visits off per year!
- Get Your Bangs Done, Free
Don't pay to get your bangs done. Most stylists will trim your bangs between cuts for free. You simply drop in and the trim takes less than five minutes. At best they will charge you a minimal fee of $5, this can help you stretch time between haircuts!
- Wash and condition at home.
Many salons, including the franchises like Great Clips and Fantastic Sams will charge you extra for that shampoo. They very sneakily will not tell you this, so when you look at the marquee or pricing pamphlet you are seeing the price w/out the Shampoo and Conditioner. Do what I do jump in the shower before heading and arrive with freshly washed and still wet hair. Or let them spray it down to wet it. You'll save a minimum of $3.
- Blowdry & Style
Same as the wash and conditioner this costs extra, so I always skip this part. Plus I really don't have the patience to sit through it, once my hair is cut I'm antsy to get out and finish running my errands.
- Go to a Barber
If you have a simple cut/style consider going to a barber, they're not just for Men. I realize this can take some guts but you'll pay alot less in most cases.