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The Great Hunt: Your MoneySaving hairdressing tips

Former_MSE_Darryl Former MSE Posts: 210 Forumite
edited 27 May 2014 at 7:44PM in MoneySaving polls
Your MoneySaving hairdressing tips

Our poll found a third of women are paying between £26 and £50 a time to care for their locks, with 16% forking out over £51 for haircuts. Most men get away with paying less than £10, but how can both genders save money on looking after their hair? From cutting at home to using trainee hairdressers, we'd love MoneySavers' tips.

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  • scotsbob
    scotsbob Forumite Posts: 4,632 Forumite
    Men pay less because they are in and out in 15-20 minutes. Some women are in these places for the best part of an hour.

    Check out your local college and if they have classes for hairdressers get it done for free, they are always on the hunt for models.
  • Sunny_Day
    Sunny_Day Forumite Posts: 15
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    Don't bother with the glitzy town centre ones. You may well have a local hairdresser who can do just as well. I get my hair cut for £10.40 (just gone up from £9.80) and the owner recognises me as a local and gives me the pensioner rate!! (She knows I have several years to go before achieving that status!)
  • Sunny_Day
    Sunny_Day Forumite Posts: 15
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    Used to get mine done (when I lived elsewhere) at a training salon for a top hairdresser in that city. Always supervised by fully competent trained staff. Only ever one blooper and nothing serious - trainee cut my very long hair a bit shorter one side than the other. Easily levelled out. Wouldn't have happened with shorter hair. Cost me about £7 each visit.
  • SpottyDog_2
    SpottyDog_2 Forumite Posts: 2 Newbie
    I go to Tesco's and get a dry cut for £12.50 and get clubcard points too!
  • xr724
    xr724 Forumite Posts: 3
    Eighth Anniversary Combo Breaker
    For those gents (and maybe some ladies too (I mustn't be sexist here)) who have a number 1/2/3 cut via clippers with the relevant guard, buy your own clippers. I've been using mine for many years; for the cost of 2 or 3 vists to the barbers, you could have a lifetime of "free" cuts.
  • kayannie
    kayannie Forumite Posts: 223
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    I have just had a very satisfactory trim for £5 in my local barber's shop, and I don't have a 'short back and sides! A friend recommended them to me, and a lovely lady trimmed my hair just as I wanted it. I even paid £3 less than a man would have done!
  • joedenise
    joedenise Forumite Posts: 15,721
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    I use a mobile hairdresser who comes to my house to cut my hair. I have to sweep up my own hair but as I only pay £7, and she won't take tips, I don't mind that. Don't know what I'll do when she retires though!

  • amber_cloud
    amber_cloud Forumite Posts: 17 Forumite
    Sunny_Day wrote: »
    Don't bother with the glitzy town centre ones. You may well have a local hairdresser who can do just as well.QUOTE]

    I was going to suggest this but someone got there first! If you live in a city then try independent hairdressers in the suburbs or small towns nearby. They'll often be as good but charge a lot less. Ask friends and colleagues where they get their hair done for ideas. For example, I live in Leeds but go to a small hairdresser outside Huddersfield for my highlights and cut and it's literally half the price of a city centre salon (minus about £5 extra travel costs).
  • Lynnrc
    Lynnrc Forumite Posts: 2 Newbie
    I have been using Group-On and KGB vouchers - I have been some very up market hairdressing saloons in London and had my hair cut and coloured, or highlighted for as little as £24. Not had a bad experience so far.
  • Clariss
    Clariss Forumite Posts: 3 Newbie
    Try the local colleges that have hair and beauty salons. The students' cuts have to be signed off by the tutor. I haven't had any bad experiences so far and the maximum I have paid is £8 for a wash, cut and blow dry. My only tip is to ask for Level 3 students who already have salon experience.
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