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Saving Money on Professional Hair Cuts

I have titled this post using the word ‘professional’ because many people think being frugal is cutting out all unnecessary costs and that hair cuts is one of them, so they do DIY cuts at home. I believe being frugal is being wise with your money and making it stretch for the things you want/ need. A hair cut in a salon is necessary for me now that I have shorter hair. When I had long hair, I could trim my own, but now it is short, any mistakes would be noticeable.

Fortunately, my husband does his and our son’s hair with electric clippers we bought on sale and this saves us money, but the females of the house require a salon. This post is how I save money on my professional hair cut.

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Ask for a Dry Trim

Once you are happy with your style, you should only require a trim to maintain it. My salon offers a dry trim (the ladies use a spray bottle to damp the hair when cutting). This cuts out the wash and blow dry prices. My salon only asks that you wash your hair thoroughly at home the morning of your appointment. My dry trim costs £17 instead of a full wash, trim, and blow dry at £27.

Stretch The Time Between Cuts

I did a little experiment to see how long I could go in between trims. 6 weeks was too short, but 10-12 weeks meant my hair became an awkward length. I now reschedule appointments for every 8 weeks. Of course, this also varies depending on your style and if you have your hair coloured etc.

Senior Stylists Cost More

Once again, this is preference. Senior stylists charge more because they are more experienced/ qualified, so if that is what you require, then that’s fine. I only need a quick trim that takes twenty minutes, so I use an ordinary stylist. I would have used the junior stylist (still in training) and saved an extra £5, but she doesn’t work on the day I have free to get my hair cut.

Don’t Be Pressured into Buying Their Styling Products

The first time I went to my salon, they tried to sell me various products for my hair type etc. At £7 for a small tube of curl defining serum, my budget doesn’t cover that, but I know some salons can be quite pushy. Thankfully, mine were not, and they no longer ask me if I would like to buy my styling products from them as they know it is a polite ‘no, thank you’ from me.

In regards to colouring hair, I don’t have to colour mine yet. Once I feel the need to do that (if I want to do that- grey is fashionable, you know), I will do so at home. That is my personal preference due to the cost of a colour in my local salons. Again, if you feel you need the expertise of a salon for this job or want highlights etc, then by all means budget for it. Perhaps you could have the cheaper root touch ups in between full head colours to stretch the time in between.

Do you have any tips for saving money in the salon? Especially, for those who like to colour their hair professionally?

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One thought on “Saving Money on Professional Hair Cuts

  1. Home haircuts are definitely a great money saver if you have a friend or family member that has a knack for cutting hair,Thankfully my husband does. My teen boys like their hair kept short, but not shaved, so they get their haircuts every three weeks, a combination of the clippers with attachments and clippers over the comb cutting for the longer hair on top and to blend with the shorter hair on the sides. He has been giving them haircuts since they were quite young. My hair is elbow length, and thick, so I have him trim my hair every couple months. He sections and pins my hair up, letting it down in increments to trim each layer. He has told me that while it takes him longer to do my hair, mostly because of the amount and sectioning, doing the haircuts for the boys is more complex and there is less room for error with short hair. My mother was visiting and watched him give my boys their haircuts, and she commented that he does a great job, but it looks like too much work, she would just buzz their heads. Needless to say, my boys won’t be asking grandma to cut their hair. A year ago in June, a couple friends of mine visited, and my best friend asked my husband to give her a trim, no big deal, he does that for her regularly. My other friend mentioned that she really needed a haircut, as the mullet thing on her neck was bugging her big time. She asked if he could cut short hair as it is harder than trimming long hair. I pointed out that he gives my two teen boys their haircuts. She commented that he does nice work on their haircuts, and said she would like hers cut like my older son’s hair. He said ok, and gave her a short summer pixie cut using the same techniques he uses to give my boys their haircuts. She was quite pleased with the results, as well getting a free haircut. Her husband likes her hair short, and he called later to thank my husband for giving her a great haircut. If he didn’t have a lot of experience giving my boys their haircuts, I would asked him not to, but being she was asking for the same haircut he regularly gives my boys, I was fine with it, even thought he had to cut off a good 3” all over. So I strongly agree that if you have a hair style that is more complex than simply trimming long hair, you should definitely seek out a professional, if you don’t have a friend or family member that knows how to cut hair. I would definitely not let my boys go to school or in public with wonky haircuts, and he certainly would not get my hair with shears if he didn’t know what he was doing. It would not be worth the savings.

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