Economising on Haircuts

You can save $200-£200/year (or more) by economising on haircuts. There are a lot of great and easy ways to easily achieve these savings for yourself - and often people aren't thinking about the obvious ones. Below are my top tips for some big savings that can be had.

Pay Less At Your Existing Hairdressing Salon

When you go to the hairdressing salon maybe you book in for the full treatment. A nice shampoo, a cut, then a blow dry and some added conditioner. Doing this can literally double the cost of your haircut.

You can economise, yet still have your hair cut by your favourite stylist, simply ask them for a "Dry Cut" and tell them you don't need it drying. What I do is wash my hair right before a haircut and I walk into the salon with my hair wet already - if you don't do this, then let them know you're happy for them to spray wet it as required. Once your hair's been cut, simply pay and leave. You don't need them to add on the extra products and finish with a blow dry and finish that with hairspray.

If you have your hair cut every six weeks, at a current cost of $16/£16, this could save you $8/£8 each time. Plus, if you tip 10% that saves you another $1/£1!

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Annual Saving
: 8x9 = $72/£72
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Economising on Haircute - How to Save Money on Haircuts
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Comparison Shop Local Hairdressers

Maybe you've got into the habit of always using the same hairdresser, another great tip for economising on haircuts is to take 1-2 hours to make a list of all the hairdressers in your area and ask them how much they charge for your usual cut.

You'll be surprised that prices can vary so much. If you can save $5/£5 off each cut it all adds up.

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Annual Saving: 5x9 = $45/£45 per year saved
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Discount Days and Discount Vouchers

Look around your local area, see if any of the salons offer a day of the week when they offer a discount.

Check the local papers to see if anybody's offering a discount voucher. Watch out that you're not sucked into paying more though, so do the math when comparing your current salon -v- the discounted cut at a different salon (which might normally be charging much higher rates).

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Annual Saving
: 5x9 = $45/£45
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Don't Buy Hair Products at the Hairdressing Salon

It's so easy to get sucked into buying the special salon shampoos when you're in the hairdressers. Most hairdressers will be trained to offer you their expensive shampoos/conditioners. Economising on haircuts isn't just about the haircut itself, but all the other spends you make while you're out!

If you really want to buy that shampoo and that conditioner, why not just make a note of the name and get the price - then see if you can buy it elsewhere, either locally or online, cheaper. In most cases you probably are fine with your existing shampoo and conditioner, you're just being played for the cash in your wallet.

If you find yourself buying the salon shampoo and conditioner just twice a year and manage to stop yourself, you can make significant savings.

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Annual Saving: 20x2 = $40/£40
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Use Your Local Hairdressing College For Cheaper Haircuts

Every hairdresser needs to be trained somewhere - investigate the local Colleges as most of them will have regular "Model Sessions" where the students work on real people, under the beady eye of their tutor.

A haircut at a hairdressing college will take a lot longer than your normal haircut will, the students are watched very carefully by their tutors and there will be some checking/discussion before the student makes a cut or adds a mixed colour.

Some Colleges will offer free haircuts, some will offer "at cost" services. My local College is 20 miles away, yet when it comes to economising on haircuts it still makes economic sense to travel.

You won't have complete free rein to book an appointment when you want, maybe their on-site salon is only open 2-3 days per week, or one evening per week. But this inconvenience will mean you get your hair cut cheaper.

And remember: some of these students will be advanced stylists - they won't be in their first week of training!

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Annual Saving: 10x9 = $90/£90
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Expand Your Search Area for a Salon

You might find that you habitually have your hair done close to your home, or maybe close to your workplace. Why not expand your search area to find a cheaper salon to include all the locations you regularly frequent.

If you have your holiday in the same place, or if you stay with friends/family on a regular basis, why not check out the prices in their local salons too!

Economising on haircuts is sometimes about thinking outside the box. Step out of your usual routines!

Increase the Time Between Cuts

If you've been trapped into the "get a haircut every 6 weeks" mentality, you can make savings simply by leaving it a little longer.

Having your hair cut every six weeks is nine cuts per year. Why not try waiting eight weeks instead, this would mean only six cuts per year - slashing 30% off your annual hairdressing bill in one go!

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Annual Saving: 3x20 = $60/£60
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Parking and an Afternoon Tea Treat

When you're economising on haircuts, you have to look at the whole picture. Are you paying for parking? Can you park free/cheaper elsewhere, even if it does mean an extra 1/4 mile walk or so.

Are you turning your haircut into a complete event, by treating yourself to a Starbucks or afternoon tea and cake afterwards?

Do you buy yourself a nice new magazine to take to the hairdressers with you?

All these little extras can add up too.

  • Parking: $2/£2
  • Magazine: $3/£3
  • Starbucks/cake/treat after: $5/£5

That can add up to an additional $10/£10 each time!

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Annual Saving: 9x10 = $90/£90
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Mix N Match

There's scope above for everybody to mix n match these tips for economising on haircuts. If you combine 2-3 of these ideas you could literally save yourself hundreds each year.

I've just had my hair cut this weekend - and I made £23 savings by:

  • Phoning around to find the cheapest salon in my area, I saved £10
  • Having a dry cut and no blow dry, I saved £7
  • Less tip, I saved £1
  • Leaving it an extra two weeks before having it cut, I saved £5

I hope you find these ideas helpful!

Let me know which one appeals to you most.

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Princessa 5 years ago from France

Fantastic tips especially the one about paying less at your existing hairdressing salon. It is amazing how much a haircut can mount up once you add the extra wash, conditioning (with personalized products), drying, styling, buying hair products and the coffee and biscuits while you wait!


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CyclingFitness 5 years ago from Nottingham UK

Cracking hub. Where i live there's often a groupon offer for a local salon every so often- worth checking out although would you really let a stranger touch your hair?


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tirelesstraveler 5 years ago from California

Good advise, especially about the extras you treat yourself to when you get a haircut.


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Kelly Camara 5 years ago from Fall River, MA

I appreciate your ideas so much, and can easily apply them here in the States. I do admit, the idea of pampering myself every 6-8 weeks is quite appealing so sometimes the splurge is worth it! Great hub, thanks!


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Just Ask Susan 5 years ago from Ontario, Canada

Great tips. I wish I could get my husband to cut back on his haircuts a bit. Will have him read this. Thanks.


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dahoglund 5 years ago from Wisconsin Rapids

Partly to save money and partly because I don't really like going to barbers I trim my own hair.


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tirelesstraveler 5 years ago from California

All three of my sons buzz their own hair. The one with wavy blond hair does his every other week.


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GoingOnline 5 years ago

hehe really useful, must remember next time I go get my hair cut. The cross-selling bit is specially annoying, it feels a bit bad to tell somebody that no, you are going to ignore their advice and not buy their overpriced shampoo.


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Hello, hello, 5 years ago from London, UK

Down our high street are £5 haircutshops springing up all over the place and they do a great job.


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kafsoa 5 years ago

I'm the hair cutter here at home :)and my eldest daughter has picked up the job from me and trimming her own hair and her sisters' hair too. I also use razor comb and electric razor for my son's and husband's hair. Women are economists ;)Rated up and useful!


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Pamela99 5 years ago from United States

I think your tips are great. It's certainly easy to wash your hair first and half the time they want to put more products on my hair when it is dried that I don't really want. Great hub. Voted up!

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