Haircuts are one of those things that tends to sneak up on us. One day, our hair is manageable and the next we realize just how badly we need a haircut. The only problem is, haircuts can cost you a lot of money, especially if you are looking into getting the whole family done.
How to Save Money on Haircuts
Here are some tips for saving money on haircuts:
- For men and boys, it is worth investing in a good set of clippers. Most men's and boy's haircuts are easy to keep trimmed with one so you won't have to waste money on getting trims at the barber.
- Look around your community for a barber or beauty college. You can not only get haircuts, often without appointments for a huge discount, but also colorings, highlights, manicures and perms. You can often save 40-50% or more by going to a college. Don't worry, the students are supervised by licensed professionals, so you will get the cut you want!
- Sign up for coupons from hairstyling chains in your area. You can get these through email newsletters. Also, look in the paper for coupons. Many times, there are coupons for these stores in penny savers as well.
- Go for a very basic cut rather than a complicated one. A basic cut can still be styled all kinds of ways. If you get a cut with many layers and lengths, you will need to maintain it more often as well. A basic cut can mean only getting a haircut every 3-4 months while a more complicated one can leave you going in every 6 weeks.
- If you only want a trim, be very specific. The difference in price is huge.
- Make sure to ask about any services that the hair stylist wants to do and what the cost is. Many salons charge extra now for washing, blow drying, styling and even just putting a little product in your hair. This could mean a $10 haircut could end up costing you $30.
- Do you have long hair and want it to be cut dramatically short? You may be able to get a free cut. Locks of Love is an organization that take real human hair donations and turns them into wigs for terminally ill children. Many salons offer a free haircut with donation. Just call around and ask.
- Don't be salon loyal. While this is good for developing friendships, it can also mean you may be missing out on new customer specials at other places. Also, just because a place is more expensive, doesn't mean the cut is better quality. Many chain and small time salons offer wonderful services that have trained employees that cut hair just as well as the expensive stores.
- Wash your hair at home right before you come in to get it cut. Not only will this save you time, but it saves money as you won't need to pay for it at the salon.
- Don't think a barbershop is just for the fella's. Many barbershops are for all ages and both men and women. Barbers tend to charge less than a salon would as well. If your haircut is super simple, just take the whole family with you and get it all done in one place.
- Trim your own bangs and your children's bangs. Just make sure you look for some tutorials on YouTube or Google before doing so.