|Revised Date: 04/23/11
Actress Angelina Jolie is famous for her fabulous hair, regardless of the length, hue or texture she decides wears. The beautiful star is also well-known for working with some of the very best and brightest hairdressers around.
Of course the best hairstylists also can be pricey but Angie can afford the best when it comes to her famous mane.
It's possible for any hair consumer to still visit their favorite salon for amazing hair cuts, colors and services even if they don't have the budget Ms. Jolie may have. How? Follow some of the secret ways to save listed below.
Not only will you potentially save a bundle, but you can have amazing professionally styled hair in the same league as some of the best tressed stars like Angie.
The best hairstylists will understand if you've recently lost your job or have other financial factors which require you to follow a budget. In today's world everyone understands when money's tight.
While it never hurts to ask what options are available, remember to always be respectful and polite when inquiring about potential savings or deals. If your hairstylist or salon doesn't offer coupons or loyalty programs don't take it personally. There may be many hidden reasons for how a salon or hairstylist runs their businesses.
1. Calculate your budget for hair products and services
before you visit the salon
Obviously if you have limited funds you may want to pass on major hair color changes which require ongoing maintenance. Instead of full highlights opt for partial highlights and/or lowlights which will save money, but still give you a chic look.
2. Ask about referral programs
If a referral program isn't available ask if you might trade new customer referrals for discounts on salon products. Some salons will offer good customer freebies such as free bang or neck trims in between regular cuts. Others offer product refills at discounted prices. It never hurts to ask what specials the salon makes available to loyal customers.
3. Inquire about package deals and special group rates
Hairstylists working to build their client base might be willing to provide a discount on your hair services if you're willing to schedule during slow times or willing to come in at the last minute after a cancellation.
Ask about being added to the salon's e-mail list for specials on last minute appointments, seasonal coupons or discounts or close-outs on professional salon products. Don't forget to follow your favorite hairstylist on Facebook and Twitter for secret deals.
4. Work with apprentices or new stylists
Ask if the salon has different rates for new talent versus experienced stylists.
5. Arrive at salon with clean dry hair or do your own
post session blow-out
Doing part of your own hair service is not always an option depending on the type of service you have requested. These may work for hair cuts when hair is cut wet or on simple trims. It is unlikely to be an option with hair color or chemical services. Ask before you make any assumptions.
6. Combining services
7. Buy professional hair care products at your salon
If the salon also offers a discount on bottle refills you will save even more. Some salons will post printable coupons for their products lines on their websites. Check before each visit to see if there are secret deals for you to utilize.
8. Loyalty programs
9. Stock up on products when they're on special
10. Stretch out your appointments without sacrificing
the results to your hair
When your stylist understands you will remain loyal after your financial challenges have passed they will be willing to suggest hair cuts or color which last longer and have a softer or more invisible growing out period.
11. Avoid buying products you don't really need
Keep track of the hair care products you have at home and avoid buying products you don't really need.
12. Ask for gift certificates as gifts
13. Volunteer to be a hair model
14. Ask your hairstylist to recommend at-home hair
A great hairstylist you can trust and be honest with is one of your very best treasures. Treat your professional hairstylists with respect, integrity and loyalty and they will do the same.
When your fortunes have been restored don't forget to repay any special ways your hairstylist or salon helped you save by tipping generously, recommending the salon to friends and family and expressing your thanks.
Remember, while the majority of hairstylists sincerely wish to help their clients in good times and bad, they are in the business of doing hair to make a living and have their own financial commitments. Honor that knowledge and all will be good with the hair gods.
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Original Publication Date: 07/06/07 - Revised Date: 04/23/11
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