If you’re looking to whittle your budget, take a look at your beauty costs.
In my area, a simple hair cut starts at $10. Add in color and you’re up to $40 to $60 or more.
My boys’ hair grows FAST, so they’re due for haircuts about every 4 to 6 weeks. Just for the little guys, we spend over $200 per year in haircuts. Add in my husband, myself and my girls, and that total goes upward of $500.
How do you cut costs at the beauty shop? What about these tips?
1. Stretch It Out
If your hair grows slower, you might be able to stretch your visits to the hair salon out to every 8 weeks or longer. This works with my middle daughter, but definitely not with the boys.
2. Shop Around and Look for Coupons
Costs for haircuts vary widely – check around. Salons like Great Clips and Fantastic Sam’s frequently run coupons.
Don’t forget to check Groupon. I’ve seen deep discounts for salon services there.
3. Low Maintenance Style
If it weren’t for coloring my hair, I’d be able to stretch my haircuts out to every 8 weeks. I’m a little vain.
Try growing out your bangs or wearing your hair in long layers. These don’t ‘show’ as much if you’re in between haircuts.
4. Let Them Learn
Check your local beauty or barber schools. Many times, they will have discounted rates since the stylists are still learning.
Do you have a garden? Raise chickens? Talk to your stylist and see if she’s in need of a service that you can provide. My husband’s niece is a hairdresser. She barters some of her services for massages, manicures and more.
I have plenty of friends who cut their own boys’ hair. I’m not quite that brave — but you can certainly save a lot of money. You can get started with a kit for under $40.
Do you have tips for saving money at the hair salon? Be sure to leave your ideas in the comments!
Dianna Kennedy is the newly minted mother of five, including a high school senior, a precocious first grader, identical twin boys, and a beautiful new baby. You’ll find her sharing her stories at The Kennedy Adventures, where she hosts Saints and Scripture Sundays. She’d love for you to cheer her on as she trains for her second half marathon in the spring! You can connect with her on Twitter, Facebook, and Pinterest.
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