By Zoe Williams
Ever wished you had enough money for a professional stylist to dip your hair in buttermilk and honey (or whatever it is they do to get the celebs looking so flawless)? Most of us are guilty of using and abusing our hair: curlers, straighteners, hair dryers…that much heat is too hot to handle! The signs of damage eventually start showing and we have to run down to the local hairdressers to save our poor tresses.
You too could go for up-market stylists, by choosing to save where you can. A pro treatment is affordable when you play your cards right and you too can get gorgeous tresses like the stars. Here’s how:
Pick up a menu of hair treatments from your stylist and work out a budget at home. If you’ve found yourself on hard times, be honest with your hairdresser about your financial situation and discuss cheaper ways to get your hair looking fabulous. Instead of full highlights, you could opt for partial highlights. Alternatively, choose great styles that need minimum maintenance.
Any hair studio worth its salt usually has apprentices on hand to be trained by the experts in the building. You can volunteer to go under their scissors at a massively discounted charge. You’ll get the same treatment, albeit by slightly less experienced hands, for a fraction of the price.
Usually stylists charge extra for a wash and blow dry. Turn up to your appointment with already sparkling clean hair and see if you can get your bill knocked down. Depending on your treatment, this may not apply, so ring up and inquire in advance.
A great way to reduce your salon visits is to ask advice from your stylist on home hair care. By keeping your tresses in tip-top condition, you’ll limit damage.
Buy Professional Products In-House
Salons tend to offer discounts on their products for regular customers. Generally this hair care is of higher quality than anything you’ll buy in Superdrug and refills may even come at a reduced price too. Find out your hairdresser’s policy on professional products and keep an eye out for sales around Christmas time; you may be able to buy a whole basketful of treatments at 50% off.
That said, don’t purchase products you really don’t need. When possible, opt for treatments that double duty. Again, consult your stylist about this.
Now that loyalty schemes are commonplace, it’s likely that your salon has some kind of system that’ll offer you freebies. Ask if there’s a programme in place, and if so, join up to it immediately to start saving money.
Sometimes, salons are on the look for models to show off their work. If you’re asked to pose for a style shoot, say yes, as you’re likely to receive a discount on your next haircut and a new hairdo absolutely free of charge. You’ll also have a pretty fantastic picture of you rocking a rad cut – so win, win!
About the Author:
This guest post has been contributed and composed by Zoe on behalf of http://www.salonsdirect.com.