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8 Ways to Make Your Hair Salon Appointments More Affordable

November 3, 2023

In an era of ever-increasing living expenses, where balancing the budget can often feel like a high-wire act, For many, hair is the one beauty area we're often unwilling to neglect, even when financial times are tight. Finding an affordable hair salon that doesn't compromise on quality is essential. In this blog, we're here to provide you with invaluable insights, from savvy hair colouring techniques to steering clear of DIY solutions. Our goal is to empower you with practical advice that helps you save money while ensuring that your hair remains the source of your self-confidence.

1. Start With a Low Maintenance Hair Colour

Balayage - The Most Low-Maintenance Hair Colour Choice

Balayage is known for its low-maintenance nature. This technique involves hand-painting highlights, creating a natural and sun-kissed look that grows out beautifully. Consider opting for balayage if you're looking for gorgeously illuminated locks, it typically requires touch-ups only once or twice a year. if you already have highlighted hair or a grown-out balayage, try a reverse balayage if you want to reduce the frequency of your current salon visits.

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Opting for a toner can work wonders in seamlessly harmonizing your balayage with your natural hair colour, extending the duration for which you can let your balayage gracefully grow out. Incorporating a natural toner during your initial salon visit can imbue your hair with a beautiful sun-kissed appearance.

For those who seek to economize on their balayage maintenance, having a subtle balayage is the key, as it can remain stunning for up to a year before needing a touch-up.

2. Transition To a Lower Maintenance Hair Colour

Create a low maintenance blonde with - Reverse Balayage

Reverse balayage is a technique that involves darkening or adding depth to your hair colour. This can be a creative and cost-effective way to refresh your look without the need for full head coloring. It's a great option for those who want to experiment with a different look while saving money.

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3. How to Make Regrowth Bearable on a Budget - Covering Greys

If you're dealing with stubborn grey regrowth, there are two options for making your pennies stretch between appointments.

Root Sprays

Consider using root cover-up powders or sprays. These products provide a quick and temporary solution to camouflage the greys between appointments. They're easy to apply and can significantly extend the time between salon visits.

Front Edge Colour

If you're looking for a less messy and more permanent solution, consider getting a front-edge colour instead of a full head treatment.

Front-Edge Colour, starting at: £27 vs Full Head of Colour, starting at: £42

This method focuses on adding colour to the hair that frames your face, your parting and around your hairline - rejuvenating your look without the expenses associated with a full-head application. A front-edge colour is not only a more budget-friendly choice but also an effective way to stretch the time between your full appointments.

4. Maintaining your colour after your appointment

Toning Conditioners - Your new best freind

Toning conditioners are a great way to maintain the vibrancy of your hair colour without overtoning your hair like shampoos. Usually, at-home toning conditioners are purple or blue, to neutralize any brassiness although you can find a range of colours to maintain vibrant coppers to cool brunettes. They help extend the life of your colour and can be used in place of salon toning sessions. By incorporating toning conditioners into your hair care routine, you can reduce the frequency of salon visits. Please make sure to consult with your hair care professional on products as you may run into over-toning problems down the line or even staining the hair.

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5. Understanding Stylist Levels and Pricing

Salons often categorize their stylists based on their years of experience, each tier having its unique pricing structure. However, it's important to note that some salon services, like treatments, are typically priced the same across all levels. Gaining insight into these distinctions can assist you in selecting a stylist that aligns with both your budget and your specific hair requirements.

Stylists come in different tiers:

  • ££ Stylists: These professionals are typically less experienced but offer cost-effective prices. They often collaborate with senior stylists and excel in services like highlights, babylights, and colours.
  • £££ Senior Stylists: Seasoned and skilled, senior stylists command higher rates, ensuring outstanding results. If you're aiming for a complex hair colour or style, such as scalp bleaches or colour corrections investing in a senior stylist is a wise choice.
  • ££££ Colour/Style Directors: With advanced training and the most experience, Colour/Style Directors are the salon's top tier. They excel in creating intricate and creative hair colours and styles. However, their exceptional expertise comes at a premium, making them the most expensive option.
  • £ Apprentices: Some salons provide reduced-cost services with stylists in training. Supervised by senior stylists, these appointments may take a bit longer but are a budget-friendly option worth considering. Keep an eye out for these programs if you're wanting huge savings or cheep hair cuts.
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Substitute the styling

Switching between stylists can often feel like cheating, but rest assured, most salons are entirely accommodating. Choosing different stylist levels for various services is a smart approach to achieving the best possible results while keeping your budget in check.

Leaving the salon with freshly styled and professionally blow-dried hair is a worthwhile investment for the longevity of your fabulous locks, especially when you have an exciting night out or a special event on the horizon.

To maximize your savings whilst not leaving with wet hair, you have two options:

  1. Opt for a quick "blast dry" from your stylist.
  2. Alternatively, you can book a blow-dry session with one of our skilled apprentices at a cost-effective rate of just £15.

For those with a colour appointment, it's crucial for your stylist to blow-dry your hair post-treatment to evaluate the colour and ensure you're delighted with your final look before you leave the salon. In this scenario, you can request a "blast dry" from your stylist, typically priced at approximately £15.

6. T-Section touch-ups for Blondes 

Similar to front-edge colouring, opting for a T-section of highlights can help save money if youre willing to sacrifice some styling options. A T-section involves highlighting or colouring only the top section of your head, allowing you to maintain a stylish appearance without the full expense of head-to-toe colour treatment.

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7. Root Melts

Root melts are an excellent cost-saving solution for those with coloured hair. This technique involves blending the root area with the rest of your hair colour, creating a soft transition that minimizes the appearance of regrowth. Root melts can extend the time between full-colour appointments and save you money in the long run.

8. Avoid the Temptation of Box Dye

While it might be tempting to reach for a box dye at your local drugstore when your roots start to show or your hair colour appears lackluster, it's crucial to exercise caution. Box dyes can be deceptively appealing due to their affordability, but they often come with a hidden cost. Here's why you should think twice before grabbing that box off the shelf:

1. Colour Disasters: Box dyes are formulated with a one-size-fits-all approach, but hair colour is far from one-size-fits-all. Your hair's unique characteristics, previous treatments, and current colour could react unpredictably to box dye chemicals. This can result in uneven colour, unexpected tones, or damage.

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2. Expensive Colour Corrections:

The biggest drawback of DIY box dye jobs is the potential for colour mishaps. If you end up with a hue that's far from what you desired or you encounter other problems like over-processing or hair damage, you might find yourself in need of professional colour correction. These services can be both time-consuming and costly, often costing around £80 per hour or more, depending on the complexity of the issue.

3. Long-Term Damage: Frequent use of box dyes can cause cumulative damage to your hair, leaving it brittle and lifeless over time. The costs of repairing this damage and restoring the health of your hair can add up significantly.

4. Straying from Your Desired Look: When you opt for box dyes, you're essentially rolling the dice with your hair. Instead of achieving the gorgeous results you desire, you might find yourself with an unintended colour that is far from your initial vision. This can lead to dissatisfaction and the need for additional salon appointments to correct the colour.

While box dye may seem like a budget-friendly solution, the potential pitfalls and subsequent expenses can make it a costly choice in the long run. To save money and ensure the health and beauty of your hair, it's advisable to stick with professional hair colour techniques or the tips mentioned earlier in this blog to extend the time between salon appointments while maintaining the integrity of your hair's colour and condition.


Maintaining beautifully coloured hair doesn't have to break the bank. By strategically choosing your colouring techniques and making use of root melts, toning conditioners, and other cost-saving strategies, you can extend the time between salon appointments and reduce the overall expense of keeping your hair looking fabulous. Don't let the cost of living deter you from looking and feeling your best. With these tips, you can save money without sacrificing your style.

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