Money is tight, the holidays are coming and the oil tank needs to be filled. What happens to the budget? Usually the seemingly frivolous things are the first to go. A lot of you will cut your hair out of your budget and even cancel your appointment. You know what it costs the last time you got your hair cut and colored and you know you can’t afford that right now. DON’T cancel your appointment, keep reading.
I have to say that as a stylist and salon owner I see first hand when money is tight for my clients. I personally try to educate my clients on the different options that they have and what those costs. I want you all to know that there always are options. Talk with your stylist, tell them your budget and discuss options with them. There are many ways to maintain your look and keep it affordable. Don’t forgo looking your best based on what your hair services costs at your last visit.
If your hair coloring consists of foiling and applying color to your roots to cover your gray, than you simply do not need to re-foil your hair each time you go. Instead of doing both, for this visit just touch up your root area with color. This is the first place you can cut out the costs. If you are one of those clients who has to have your foil and color done every single time, then cut back on the amount of foils put in to save money. Think about it, where is it that you actually see the highlights as they grow out? Have your stylist re-touch those areas only for this visit.
Does your salon separate the costs for the cut and color? Our salon changed our pricing and did just that a couple of years ago as I saw the need to save my clients money. Do you really need a haircut this visit? I have clients who want/need their color touched up every 4 weeks due to the amount of gray they have and how fast their hair grows back. I honestly can say that you don’t need your hair cut every 4 weeks (unless you have a really short haircut that you want to maintain). If you are taking care of your hair and using the quality products your stylist recommends, then you can get away with cutting your hair every OTHER visit.
One way to really save your self some money is to “GO Back to your ROOTS”. Tone down your high maintainance hair color and go with a color that is more natural and less maintainance for you. PM Shines is something I use in my salon for this. It is a demi-permanent (lasts 4-6 weeks and rinses out) color that you can use to change tone or go darker, you cannot go lighter with this color. It only processes 20 minutes, contains NO ammonia, and conditions your hair. Your hair will look and feel great. Without a cut, this service will have you in and out of the salon in a lunch hour and only cost you $30! Even cheaper and faster than PM Shines is PM Flashback. It was originally created as a mens color, but I have found it to be great for my female clients in a time or money crunch. It processes only 10 MINUTES and will cover your grey with the same benefits that PM Shines gives your hair and costs $10 with a hair cut and $20 for the color and style.
One last thought. Don’t try to save yourself money and go buy the dreaded BOX color at the grocery store. I am begging you, don’t do that! Not only is this color going to ruin your hair by drying it out, but it most likely is NOT going to turn out the way you hoped. Box color contains 4x the amount of chemicals that professional color does. It is not consistent either. So, if it came out great one time, you were lucky. The next time it could do the opposite, leaving you calling your stylist frantically needing it fixed. These situations are called “Corrective Hair Color” and most stylists get upwards of $100/hour for that. In the long run, grabbing that box of color is going to costs you 3x what it would have cost you if you just kept your salon appointment and talked with your stylist about ways to cut costs with your hair. These are just a few of the many options I have to offer all of you to save money while looking your best. So, when the oil bill shows up on your door, don’t panic and DON’T cancel your next hair appointment.
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