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Save Money on Hair Care

Updated on June 3, 2010

Almost everyone has hair they need to take care of and most people do want their hair to look nice. The beauty market for hair care products and treatments is huge! Millions of dollars are spent each year by people trying to make their hair look nice. Most people consider money spent on hair care as non-negotiable. I think it is time for most people to reconsider how they think. I firmly believe that almost everyone can keep their hair looking nice for very little money.  To start with - embrace the hair you have.  Don't try to make it something it isn't.  That just costs a lot of money and takes a lot of time.

The first thing to consider is the style; the simpler the better. Remember to work with what you have, don't try to change your hair too much.  If you choose a style that requires a lot of upkeep then you will be paying the stylist much more frequently. Short hair typically requires cutting every six weeks or so. An old boss of mine kept her hair very short and paid to have it trimmed every four weeks. I remember wondering if there was anything even to trim after just four weeks?

Another way to save on haircuts is to lengthen the time between your haircuts. If you normally go every six weeks try waiting seven or eight. I usually go every four months, but have recently been stretching it to every six months. My hair is basically one length and when I get it cut I get three or four inches cut off and then grow it back out. Simple styles mean fewer haircuts.

Another way to keep it simple is to stay away from coloring, highlights, straighteners, etc. Anything extra like that will cost a fortune and has to be maintained. I have always said I would never color my hair - not because I wouldn't like it, but because of the upkeep of that. I don't want to be tied to going to the hair stylist every couple of months for a big session. As for gray hair? I figure I have earned them.

Hair care products are a massive industry in and of itself. Normally I purchase whatever hair gel I can free playing the drugstore game. Last month we were out of hair gel completely. I stood in the aisle at Wal-Mart completely overwhelmed at the sheer number of choices. You can choose how strong of a hold you want, what brand, what type of hair you have and more. This is just too many options. The prices for products at Wal-Mart ranged between $1 and $15. I wonder if the difference between the $1 hair gel and the $15 hair gel was really that great.

When your current product runs out try using a cheaper product and see how you like it. You might end up saving money. The simpler you can keep it the better. For instance while I do use hair gel, I rarely use hair spray. This saves me from buying an entire product. When it comes to products, see how little you can use. And please make sure you don't follow the directions on the shampoo bottle and "lather, rinse and repeat". It is not necessary to shampoo your hair twice each day.

You can also try to get one product that does multiple things. Due to lack of time in the morning I do not shampoo and condition my hair. I buy a product that will do both. I only have to put one thing in my hair to get the effect of both products. I just cut my costs in half. Another benefit of shorter hair is that you don't need to use as much of any product. It is also quicker to do your hair in the morning when it is shorter.

My last saving tip for hair care is one that many people won't like. I feel it is essential to mention it though. All the stuff you pay your stylist for - try doing yourself. Try cutting your own hair or your kids and spouses hair to start. I cut everyone's hair but my own. When I have had bangs in the past I have trimmed those myself between haircuts. If you get your hair colored, try an at home product. It might work and save you $50 or more every time. If it doesn't work and you end up at the stylist anyway, you will only be out a few dollars for the at home kit. It is worth a try anyway.

As a result of these tips we spend only about $100 a year on hair care for six people. I hope you can start saving money too.


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    • Kimbrena profile image

      Kimbrena 7 years ago

      Great tips! While I could never cut my own hair (I'm too scared of screwing it up!) I do buy my own haircolor and let my hubby color it. :) Not only that, I limit my haircuts to every 4+ months and just try to maintain any bangs on my own. It is ridiculous how much it costs to get a simple haircut and color at a salon!

    • miles23vaughn profile image

      miles23vaughn 7 years ago

      Thank you for a great hub.

    • JenDobson27 profile image

      JenDobson27 7 years ago

      Great tips Jennifer. I can't say I cut my own hair like lctodd (that's pretty impressive by the way!) but I do like a simple haircut.

    • lctodd1947 profile image

      lctodd1947 7 years ago from USA

      Jennifer this is very good advice. I cut my own hair and color my own hair. I have always done so. Yes it does save me lots of money. It may not be perfect but I can do it when I want and pay nothing. Great hub!


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      Hello, hello, 7 years ago from London, UK

      I agree, Jennifer, that it cost a lot of money. I only get a haircut and wash and b low try it myself. Thank you for a great hub.

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      HealthyHanna 7 years ago from Utah

      Hair care can cost a lot of money. Actually I have done the things you suggest in the last paragraph. I do cut my own hair between going to the salon. I do cut my kids hair (especially when they were little), and the boy's hair. It takes some practice, but if you start when they are little, you learn when it doesn't matter so much to them, and the girls in our family color each other's hair.