How to Cut Costs on Hair Care - Angieslist

Whether you want a simple cut or a full highlight, service at a hair salon can range anywhere from $25 to hundreds of dollars. But you don’t have to sacrifice style in order to save a few bucks.

Here's advice from highly rated hair salons and barbers on how to save on hair care services:

  • Be upfront about your budget: Let them know you're on a budget, and would like to have a haircut or color that is lower-maintenance. A good stylist wants to find the best solution for you, so it helps for them to know how much time and money you are willing to spend.
  • Schedule your appointments out: When you have them planned out for the next few months — even a year — it will be easier for you to plan your budget.
  • Inquire about costs when you schedule your appointment: Ask your stylist what the total charge will be before you start, so that there is no sticker shock at the end.
  • Spread out appointments: If you get more than one service in a salon, talk to your stylist about spreading them out. You could do your haircut and eyebrow sculpting in one visit, then your color or highlights the next.
  • Tell your friends: Ask if there is a referral program that will get you free or discounted services.
  • How much upkeep? Longer hairstyles generally need to be trimmed less frequently than shorter cuts, but they require more daily maintenance. For men who get clipper cuts, you can go one guard shorter than normal to extend the time between haircuts as long as you don't mind it being a bit shorter for a week or two. Many places will offer complimentary bang and neck trims so clients can keep their style fresh without paying for a full hair cut every time. When it comes to color, a shade that is dramatically different than your natural color requires more frequent visits to the salon.
  • Save on color: If you think your highlights grow out too fast, ask your stylist about a “flash.” This lightens the new growth area around your face a shade or two so there is not as much contrast between your highlights and natural hair color. One technique that requires fewer touchups is “balayage,” or hand-painted highlights. This gives a blurry, sun-kissed effect and looks more natural as it grows out.
  • Cover up the gray: If you’re hair is 20 percent or less gray, you can get a gloss at the salon that will "blend" your gray to look more like natural dimension in your hair. Glosses also don't have a definite line when they are growing out so it's not as noticeable if you need to extend the length of time between visits.
  • Satisfaction guaranteed? If you aren't happy with the hair service once you get home, ask if you can come back in. Some salons will fix it for free if you come back within the week.

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