Looking for ways to make your budget include your favorite spa splurges and necessities – cause let’s face it, once you see gray it’s no longer a luxury to get color! Although you may not be able to convince your stylist, colorist or manicurist to give you BOGO treatments to keep up your image, it is possible to make the time between treatments stretch. Once lucky lady figured out that the lessons her stylist gave her on doing her own blowout will save her more than $3500 a year! That makes her trips to the salon fit her budget and then some. Here’s how you can make your money work for you.
To make your haircuts last up to three weeks longer opt for a messier cut rather than a precise bob that looks terrible if you don’t keep it up religiously. Disheveled layers can grow out weeks longer and still hold their style. Another tip is to ask your stylist to show you how to trim your own bangs. That can save you up to twenty cuts a year! One stylist offers to order his clients the same professional tools he uses. It may require an outlay of cash up front, but it will save you hundreds of dollars a year on maintenance haircuts because it’s the tools that keep your cut looking great.
To make your color last longer ask your colorist to use a clear glaze. It’s applied with heat so it seals the cuticle to extend your color up to two weeks. You can also apply an at-home glaze to boost your semi-permanent color for another week or two. The easiest thing you can do is to use products formulated for color-treated hair. This will help hold your vibrancy much longer.
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Freshly manicured nails say so much about a person. It’s difficult to present yourself as a well-groomed woman with chipped polish and cracked nails. When weekly trips to the salon put the pinch on your pocketbook, make these simple changes to extend your nail treatments up to a month! Add some curves to your nail shape. Flat tips chip and crack easily when they hit any hard surface. Rounded nails will hold their polish and shape much longer.
Go buff instead of French. It’s a sexier, shinier look that will outlast even the most durable French manicure and you can easily maintain it at home with a four-surface buffer.
If you use colored polish, wipe your nails with an alcohol swab to remove dirt and apply a clear top coat every three days to boost shine and protect. You can paint your nails at home! Apply only a thin layer of polish so it will dry quickly and not smudge or bubble. Use a cotton swab soaked in nail polish remover to clean up any smudges and top with a clear or nude pink polish with some sparkle – it hides flaws and locks in your color.
These tips alone can save you enough to make your indulgences part of even a scaled-back budget. Don’t be afraid to ask your stylists for other tips and money-saving advice. Most will be happy to oblige since it means they get to keep you as a customer.