I’m not exactly a tomboy and not really too fancy of a girly girl, but I like looking nice as much as the next gal. There was a time in my life that I had my hair highlighted every 6 weeks and mani-pedis fairly regularly. Now, it is harder for me to shell out a lot of money that regularly for beauty services—I’m pretty thrifty and live a much simpler life. If I had a regular hair stylist with whom I really gelled I think I might step in the salon more frequently, but alas, I haven’t found that person yet. So, what do I do to save money on salon purchases when I need or want them? I use coupons and group buying deals, of course!
- Sign up for all of the big group buying programs in your area (example, Groupon). Set aside a designated amount each month—whatever works for your budget. Then watch for the deals to come to you. It is a great way to try out a new salon and see if the fit is right for what you want and need.
- Silent auctions are another good place to score gift certificates. Faith UMC will have a big silent auction as part of the Faithstock event and I look forward to bidding on any salon services that are available. Last year I won a manicure and it was so nice to be pampered!
- Watch for coupons. Most salons, massage therapists, and nail techs offer coupons regularly. Look for them in your newspaper, in the little sales magazines that arrive in your mail, and in school coupon books. Sometimes these specify certain days, services, or only new customers—be sure to read the fine print.
- Go to a beauty school. I have a friend who regularly goes to the local beauty school to have her hair and nails done. She’s also raved about the massages there. I’ve never been before because the local school is on the other side of town from me, but I’ve heard that there are great deals to be had.
- Balance doing your own with professional work. In the summer months I’ll get a pedicure every so often and then polish my nails in between visits. I do the same with eyebrow waxing. I find it helpful to have a pro wax my brow and then I can maintain that look for a few months afterwards. Also, in this area, I’m not a person who can “do” her own hair. I learned how to dye hair when I was a teenager fixing my grandmother’s (she had the patience of Job!). I’ve dyed friends’ hair and have even cut friends and family members’ hair. Yet, I cringe to think about what would happen if I attempted to do my own. Y’all, I’m just not that coordinated! I’d be the lady that arrived to church with purple hair and a hunk cut out of the back! I appreciate the skill of a good stylist and am happy to shell out money for quality work. While I might trim my own bangs, I’m not going to try and layer my own hair.
- Realize that sometimes you get what you pay for. If you have a friend who has a style you like, ask her where she goes to get her hair done. Then get nosy and ask how much she pays. Learning from friends about their stylists and price ranges will allow you to decide a place that is right for you. I’m just no longer at the point in my life where I’m willing to pay $50+ dollars for my hair to be trimmed, but at the same time I’m willing to pay more than $10 when I’m getting something more complicated done. I have a friend who goes to Great Clips for basic trims but then goes to a salon when she wants her hair layered or a specific style done. Also know that you won’t get all the bells and whistles at a less expensive place. Great Clips will cut your hair, but you won’t get that luxurious head massage/hair wash, cup of tea to sip on while you relax, or neck massage.
- TIP!! Y’all these people have to feed their families too. Even if you get a free cut or a great discount on a service, it is important to tip when good work is received.