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How to Get a Cheaper Massage, Facial, or Pedicure

Money Tip: Get a Cheaper Massage, Facial, or Pedicure

Visiting a stylist-in-training for your trim is a known trick for saving money on your beauty upkeep, but I hadn't thought of utilizing the same idea for other treatments until I came across the tip in an article by The Frisky. In an article called "Five Ways to Stay Fabulous on a Budget," the author mentions that she can indulge on things like massage, pedicures, and facials by making an appointment with a massage or beauty school.

A student may or may not have the same polished touch of a full-fledged professional, but serious savings can be worth the slight sacrifice. If you went to a school for your treatments alternating every other appointment, with your usual splurge salon, you'd certainly notice the positive change in your bank account balance. The article's author suggests searching online for a recommended massage or beauty school, so I checked Yelp for reviews in San Francisco. There were plenty to choose from, and the affordable prices made me eager to try one for my next indulgent treatment.

Have you ever taken advantage of this money-saving method?


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fuzzles fuzzles 8 years
The salon that I have been going to for the past 4 years offers free cuts with stylists that have gone through beauty school, but are still being trained by the salon. I actually left with one of the best haircuts of my life (!) and have been going to the same gal ever since!
lms lms 8 years
I have had a massage from a school once, but it was my friend who was in training and she asked me to be one of her guinea pigs. It wasn't bad, but she was still very gentle and needed to use more pressure. She went on the work at the Ritz Carlton. I personally wouldn't go to the schools for a massage on my own b/c it is supposed to be a relaxing thing for me. The one that I had was in a room full of ambiance at all. My husband knows too well about my spa trips at resorts. I get a room and schedule a bunch of treatments and just hang out at the facilities.
lemamike lemamike 8 years
I've done this for a haircut..a friend of mine was going to school at Paul Mitchell in Rhode island. She cut it shorter than i wanted but hey it grew back! ANyone in the massachuetts area theres a place the Catherine Hinds school in Woburn that i think does facials/massages etc. i've been meaning to check it out!
ilanac13 ilanac13 8 years
well i know of a few friends that have done the haircut and color by a beauty school student, but i've never thought about the other options out there which really do make a lot of sense. this is a great suggestion. i have to say though that i've gotten really spoiled by what i do for work. i work in advertising and a lot of my reps will take me out for massages and dinner/lunch wine, manis/pedis etc. that's the best way to do things on a budget.
Spectra Spectra 8 years
This is why I learned how to give myself my own manicures. Of course, it's always a treat to get a professional mani, but I think I do a pretty dang good job (if I do say so myself).
Savs Savs 8 years
They do this with massages here in LA... but it's a three week wait. :(
4peachMoney 4peachMoney 8 years
I also tried it for a manicures and had a bad experiences. The first time, girl didn't even have nail polish--she had to borrow it from someone else--and it was old and chunky so my money was wasted. The second time, in another place, the girl filed my cuticles until they bled and carved dents into my nail beds. I'm better off doing it myself--so long as I keep it simple, I'm fine.
bluebird bluebird 8 years
Instead of getting a full pedicure when I get my nails filled, I just have them change the color. It still looks as nice, and as long as I remember to put lotion and socks on at night my feet stay soft and pretty-looking!
a1stbornunicorn a1stbornunicorn 8 years
did it once for a manicure and i'll never do it again. first off, i got a guy who really didn't want to- he was practically forced (for class credit). i saw why once he started- he was totally lazy and was prob just in beauty school bc his female best friend was (who he chatted with the whole time). he didn't wait for the polish to dry in between coats and it ended up looking really crappy. i'd rather just pay an extra $10 for a professional or do it myself (apparently i'm much better at doing nails than he was). i'd be too scared to try a stylist-in-training (i barely trust full-fleged ones, as it is), but i might give massage school a whirl in the future.
KMattes KMattes 8 years
We have some excellent massage schools here and I LOVE helping the student practice their art :) It can be kind of hit-or-miss; sometimes I get someone who is excellent and near the end of their training and I can't tell they're a student. Other times I'll get someone who is a little more timid and not quite so good...but still totally worth the $30 for an hour-long massage!
margokhal margokhal 8 years
Hmm. I've never tried any of these, but I usually don't get massages or pedicures or anything like that anyway. But I might try out the massage one!
syako syako 8 years
I went and got my hair cut at a beauty school recently. It took a really long time for her to cut it, but for $12 it was a GREAT haircut. I agree it's a bit of a "commitment" but I'm not a huge "my hair defines me" person, so I figured if it got fudged, I'd wear a hat and be done with it. ;)
lawchick lawchick 8 years
I would never go to someone in training for my hair -- particularly for color, but cut would scare me too. However, I would totally do this for a manicure --- if it looks bad, it's temporary
dcfashionista dcfashionista 8 years
I do utilize my beauty school for my roller sets. My regular hair stylist charges $40-$50. The beauty school charges $9.00 plus an extra $1.00 for the conditioner. I haven't tried the beauty school for pedicures but I may.
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