You spend hours in your stylist’s chair while she pulls strands of hair through foil and snips at various angles.
You look in the mirror and love what you see, but your wallet doesn’t.
But it’s possible to avoid a cringe-worthy bill at the salon without sacrificing professional care.
It’s all in the texture.
One of the easiest ways to save money on hair care is to find a style that doesn’t require a trim every six weeks. For most people, that means a low-maintenance textured cut.
“Texturizing techniques give the hair volume and prolong the haircut,” said Jennifer Ryder, a stylist and manager at Serenity Spa and Salon in Springettsbury Township.
There are lots of ways to texturize hair, so talk to your stylist about your best options.
“It allows you to just blow-dry your hair and go,” Ryder said. “You don’t have to style much. A textured cut is more of a free, ‘wind-in-your-hair’ style.”
Or, ask your stylist for a disconnected cut. “This is another low-maintenance haircut that doesn’t actually blend together, but it looks like it does,” Ryder said. “It could be shorter underneath and longer on top. It’s great
No matter your style, the key to haircut longevity begins in the salon.
“It’s best to get a good-quality haircut in the first place,” Ryder said.
Make color last
Most see a higher salon bill when hair color is involved. But don’t be afraid to ask your stylist for low-maintenance color that doesn’t require touch-ups every six weeks.
“Don’t stray too far from your natural color, Ryder said. “When the color runs out, it should blend with your natural hair color. Stay with your natural tones to help with longevity.”
For someone without any grays, it’s easier to extend time between touch-ups. On average, it’s recommended to get a full highlight twice a year. In between full highlights, get partial highlights (that’s a half-head of color), or natural highlights, which are just five to 10 highlights on the root area near the part.
“You can also soften the base,” Ryder said. “This uses a glaze on top that softens the root area. You can do this in addition to highlights, or in between time for highlights.”
To really lengthen the time between highlights, consider using a dry shampoo. (Ryder suggests the Eufora brand.) Choose a shampoo that’s the same color as your hair and spray on your roots daily.
“This can get you through another month before you should come back in for professional touch-ups,” she said.
If you spend the money to have your hair professionally done, it’s important to take care of it at home. Often, people dismiss the pricey bottles of shampoo in the salon and opt for a cheaper store product. But that can be a costly mistake.
“Professional, color-saving shampoos are definitely worth the investment,” Ryder said. ”Those products really prolong the need for touch-ups and extend the life of your hair color. If you’re investing in your hair to have it done professionally, you must invest in the right products to help the longevity and health of the hair.”
Another benefit to investing in salon-quality products? You’ll use less product and it will last longer.
“You use more of the drugstore stuff because you want the lather,” Ryder said. “But the professional products are highly concentrated, so you don’t need to use much at all.”