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Have You Switched Salons Because of the Economy?

I'm a level-headed girl who switches up her splurges with wallet-friendly or DIY techniques in the interest of saving money. However, pricey salon visits to banish the grays often keep me out of the black.

If this sounds familiar, we're not alone and many people are switching shops to keep their cash. Since real estate is cheaper in, say, malls than the premiere locations of high-end alternatives, franchise salon development is going strong. I'm immediately nervous whenever anyone has chemicals or scissors near my hair (no matter the price), but shelling out hundreds of dollars on nonessential services makes me want to say the buck stops here . . . in my head at least.

If you've already tested out the services of beauty school students in the recession, would you turn your back on your independent salon and take a seat in a chain location to save money?


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leeluvfashion leeluvfashion 8 years
* Clarify: I've been to the salon once in the last 7 months (roots. noticeable roots. eek!) and in the last 2-3 yrs I had to cut down my salon visits to once or twice a year (high price.) Still, I would rather go 1-2x's yr and know I am dealing with an expert, rather than pay a cheap price and get a cut that reflects a low cost. Too much risk.
leeluvfashion leeluvfashion 8 years
Lately, I rarely go to the salon(more like the last 2yrs) however I am switching salons. The pricing is not the problem (with quality comes higher amounts) but because the stylist did not listen to me well. Asked for natural, barely there blonde highlights; I get medium-sized bold, stripey highlights. I do not want to risk a repeat problem.
sidra5397 sidra5397 8 years
Nope because I don't go that often to begin with; three seasonal haircuts a year do it for me. My stylist only charges $30 and it always looks great.
bastylefilegirl bastylefilegirl 8 years
I would sale my soul of myself and all my family members before changing hairstylist.
mek123 mek123 8 years
I've been going to the same stylist for over 10 years and have followed her to different salons but now she is on her own so I'm supporting the local economy. She is reasonable but so far, I'm not cutting back my cut and color schedule.
sonia-tex sonia-tex 8 years
I have taken other measures to accommodate my budget....first I've finally read the newsletter from my salon and discovered donating clothes to Dress for Success, entitled me to a $25 discount on my next service! Additionally if I book an appointment on a "slow day" Tuesday or Wednesday I get a 10% discount. Work it!!
michaeluvnikita michaeluvnikita 8 years
the only time i need a stylist is for a haircut i do my own hair
hiptobesquare hiptobesquare 8 years
I go less - this means trimming my own hair and only getting a "real" haircut every couple months when it needs to be shaped (such as now). I still keep up on eyebrow waxes and use the local beauty schools for color - but I've always done that.
fashionplate525 fashionplate525 8 years
I moved to a new city last year and found out about an Aveda school nearby. I have gotten my hair done a few times there (it is so cheap) but have noticed it isn't looking as great as it once did. I am considering trying out a different salon to see if I notice a difference in my hair quality, and if I do, the extra money is worth it!!!
HoneyBrown1976 HoneyBrown1976 8 years
No, it would require too much effort to change up (e.g. driving distance, cost). I'm fine with my normal hairstylist.
robinlh912 robinlh912 8 years
I'm loyal to my stylist. I go to a nice salon, I don't pay too much, and hey, we all have to pay bills! Might as well help my stylist!
ren_kr ren_kr 8 years
I said no, but it's the location of where i am that factors into my switching salons (to find a good stylist). I just get one major nice haircut at my salon at choice (less than $55) once a year or year and half, and just upkeep my hair at a beauty school for $5. I sometimes go for years without a salon haircut just because I stick to simple and natural cuts and I can get by without the pricey services. I just cut my hair short so I think the $55 i spent last week justified my splurge.
TrendyTurtle TrendyTurtle 8 years
Yes, I did (Cost Cutters). Unfortunately the new person who did my hair screwed it up! :( Instead of giving me a few caramel highlights she gave me almost a half head of bright blonde!! I don't trust going back to that place for them to fix it so I'm going to have my aunt (whose done her own hair for years) fix it for me!
leslievanhouten leslievanhouten 8 years
I'm with ladybirda. But my cuts are *gulp* $135. When I started seeing my stylist, it was 7 years ago and the cuts were 75. I've grown my hair out and baby the heck out of it, so I only need a cut three times a year, with bang trims in between. I went to a cheaper place once, and they jacked my hair so badly, I cried when I got in my car.
ladybirda ladybirda 8 years
Funny you should ask - I just paid $100 for a haircut today, and I'm unemployed, but I did use Lifebooker for a 20% discount. I did the free haircuts at Bumble and Bumble schools for years, and the cheap Aveda school haircuts, and the John Louis David chain cheap haircuts - I even tried my boyfriend's barber! No one has gotten my hair right until my current stylist. I only get my hair cut two or three times a year at most, and don't color my hair, so I think it's worth it.
Merlin713 Merlin713 8 years
I've had the same hair stylist for 10 years now. She's the only person I trust, and her prices are very reasonable.
digigirlnz digigirlnz 8 years
Nope! I have been with the same hairdresser for 5 years, and I have always loved everything she has done with my hair. I would rather pay more for a hairdresser that knows what shes doing, then get a cheap haircut. She works independently and runs her own business, so i like that im also supporting small businesses in this economy!
smartiez smartiez 8 years
No way. One close to me completely DESTROYED my haircut and I will never go there again.
Talldiva45 Talldiva45 8 years
That is just one of the things I just will not sacrafice/switch bc of the economy or my budget if at all possible. I know others have difficult hair as well, but as an african american woman it's hard to find a stylist that knows and is willing to treat your hair w. care and concern. I have been going to mine since I was in the 5th grade and am now 25 yrs old. and my hair is healthy thanks to her. :)
wackydeli wackydeli 8 years
yes i go to papa murphys now.
juliefischer juliefischer 8 years
No, I havent switched b/c of economy. My cuts are only $18, $22 w/ blow dry. I love my stylist too. She always does a great job.
bethinabox bethinabox 8 years
I've never been picky about my haircuts. I've gone to Supercuts for as long as I can remember and have never had a truly horrible haircut.
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