If a woman’s hair is her crowning glory, it should be no surprise that even when money is tight, many women would sacrifice a number of luxuries before agreeing to give up regular visits to the hair salon. Fortunately, cutting a few corners can keep you looking good without putting a huge strain on your wallet. From free trims to discount cuts, here are 10 ways to save big at the salon.
1. Participate in training night. One night a week, many salons allow you to volunteer as a model for new employees who are being trained to perform a new skill. If you’re willing to try something new, you can get your hair cut, colored or styled — completely free. Just remember, there’s always a risk in being a human guinea pig.
2. Skip the expert. Instead of paying a fortune to have your hair cut by a top stylist every time, use a junior stylist for maintenance cuts. Since junior stylists have already been trained, there isn’t much risk involved. To save even more money, consider having your hair cut at a beauty school. Although students are still training to become stylists, rest assured that they are overseen by an expert.
3. Try a new salon. Many salons offer great promotions to attract new customers. Look for advertisements online and in newspapers. You can also sign up for a salon’s mailing list or newsletter to be notified of deals. When a new salon opens, they also offer huge discounts to bring in customers. Keep a lookout for those as well.
4. Pick a slow day. Many salons charge more on weekends and weekday evenings than they do on weekday mornings and afternoons. They also charge more during major holidays, and prom and wedding season. If you’re up for getting your hair done on short notice, some salons are willing to lower prices to fill gaps for canceled appointments.
5. Wash at home. If you only need your hair styled, wash and detangle your hair before going to the salon. Not only will you save on the cost of the washing, you’ll also pay less in tips. If you have kinky or curly hair, you’ll save even more since many salons charge extra for detangling those hair textures.
6 . Save the color. If you dye your hair often, use hair products especially designed for color-treated hair to extend the life of your color between salon visits. Alternatively, consider opting for highlights — which are easier to maintain — instead of all-over hair color.
7. Get bangs for no buck. If you only need your bangs trimmed, save your money. Most hair salons offer free trims between cuts. All you have to do is stop by the salon and ask.
8. Donate your hair. If you’re willing to donate your hair to benefit a great organization like Locks of Love, you’ll get a new cut to go with the satisfaction of helping a child in need. Check with a salon in your area to find out when they plan to host a Locks of Love event.
9. Pick and choose. Instead of going for a full service hair makeover, decide which services you can do without. If you’re in desperate need of color, consider skipping the cut. If you’re going for a cut, pass on the blow-dry. Don’t be afraid to ask your stylist for a price list of all her services. You’d be surprised how many extras you can cut out to save more money.
10. Just say no. Avoid purchasing the expensive hair products your salon tries to sell you. Usually you can find similar products in stores or online for cheaper.