Visiting a beauty salon is not merely a way for you to fix whatever cosmetic issue you have. It’s also an opportunity to get some “me time”, relax, and relieve stress, which makes those visits beneficial to your health and general wellbeing. Therefore, these visits are worth the investment by default. However, this doesn’t mean that you should overspend on them. In fact, the realization that you’ve wasted your hard-earned money might erase whatever stress-relief points you managed to score during your visit.
To make sure this doesn’t happen, you should choose the right kinds of treatments to get in a salon and use other tricks to save money while there.
4 Tips on Making Your Beauty Salon Visit Worth Every Penny
- Never pay for anything but the exact treatment you need
Beauty salons are businesses and, just like everyone else, they want to make more money. As they can’t charge too high prices in the fear of losing customers to competitors, they score some extra income by offering additional services and even selling products.
Rule one of not wasting your money in a salon is not to fall for these pitches. Note that some stylists and salon managers can get rather annoying and downright aggressive trying to sell you additional services and products. In this case, you definitely should consider going to a different salon.
Bear in mind that this doesn’t mean that you shouldn’t invest some effort into searching for a salon that offers free extras. For example, as the “bar” format is currently the most popular in the beauty industry, it should be easy to find places that include free drinks into their offer. It will be so much more effective to relieve stress by enjoying a good drink while you kick back in a comfy seat and wait for your stylist to work wonders with your look. And note that evaluating a salon by the comfiness of its stools is a valid strategy for testing how good the place really is.
- Choose only the treatments that are worth the money
Beauty salons offer a great variety of treatments today, from a simple hair wash to laser hair removal and Botox shots. Of course, your stylist and beautician will want you to get all of those. But objectively speaking, not all salon treatments are worth the money because you can easily perform them by yourself, at home, at a fraction of the cost.
Treatments that are worth the investment include:
- Anything that involves lasers
- Injectables (Botox, dermal fillers, etc.)
- Hair treatments that alter its texture and form (perm and hair straightening)
- Major change of hair colour
- Massage (totally worth it for the relaxing effect alone)
Note that even with those treatments you get some leeway. For example, you can save some money by choosing a low-maintenance haircut, which won’t require you to go for a repeat cut for a while.
You can also get colouring treatments like ombre and bayalage. They will look more natural when coming from under a professional hairstylist’s hand. They also grow out well, so again, you will be able to extend the time between repeat salon appointments.
- Choose a newbie stylist
Unless you need a treatment that explicitly requires specialized skills and experience (laser-related anything, for example), you should choose a stylist who has yet to make a name for themselves.
The reason is simple, their rates should be lower by default. You also need to understand that these professionals provide you with a great opportunity. They are beginning their careers so they need to prove themselves and build up a loyal customer base. Therefore, they will work twice as hard on making sure you are perfectly happy with the results of whatever treatment you get. They might also add a free extra service, and all that for a generally lower price.
- Become a “guinea pig” in a fun way
If money is really tight but you want to enjoy the many benefits of a salon visit anyway, go to your local beauty school. Those places usually require volunteer models ready to take the risk for a free or very cheap service.
You might not end up with a perfect haircut or whatever the thing you get during your stint as a live model. But you’ll surely get the service you need and pay next to nothing for it.