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Get Salon-Worthy Hair without Salon Costs

Pixie cuts will come and go, but when it comes to your hair, saving money never goes out of style. And between salon visits, products, styling tools, and the latest must-have shampoo, you can rack up quite a tab to achieve those luscious locks. Luckily we have a few tips that will help keep costs down, while upping up your hair’s style factor.

  1. Get the right brush: Boar bristle brushes have long been touted as the best thing for your hair, but recent studies show this is actually misleading. These expensive brushes can actually put a lot friction on the hair and cause damage. So forget everything you’ve been told, and stock up on inexpensive plastic brushes with wide-spaced needles. It will save your hair and your bank account.
  2. Use less shampoo: The purpose of shampoo is to clean the scalp, so there’s no need to lather up all the way to the ends of your hair. Your hair will remain as clean as ever, and your shampoo will last a lot longer. Also, since shampoo can dry out your hair, it’s best to only wash every other day.
  3. Almost all shampoo is created equal: While your stylist would lead you to believe otherwise, it’s not necessary to buy the ultra-expensive, brand name shampoo and conditioners. Most shampoo and conditioners that line the shelves of your local drugstore will do the trick, and they much more budget-friendly. If you color your hair, just make sure to buy something that is specially formulated for color- treated hair—it will be gentler and may even help extend the color.
  4. Color your own hair: As terrifying as this may sound, those who pay big bucks for single-process colors at the salon could save huge with a do-it-yourself version. The dyes applied at the salon are basically the same as those you can purchase at a store and do from home.
  5. Go easy on the product: It’s tempting to load up on products that promise more volume, shinier locks, and damage control. While it’s a good idea to protect your wet hair with a spray before styling, don’t go overboard with the impulse buys. See if you can get a sample before you commit to an entire bottle of product, and use it sparingly. Bonus tip: If you’re looking for more volume, skip the product altogether and blow dry your hair while bent over.
  6. Try a homemade product: We like this milk and honey mask, which helps seal in moisture and protect. All you have to do is mix up a single teaspoon of honey into one glass of whole milk then massage it into your hair from root to tip. Leave it on for 15 minutes and rinse with lukewarm water and shampoo.