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    • MSE Jenny
    • By MSE Jenny 6th Oct 09, 1:56 PM
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    Great ‘Hair MoneySaving’ Hunt
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    • 6th Oct 09, 1:56 PM
    Great ‘Hair MoneySaving’ Hunt 6th Oct 09 at 1:56 PM
    Cuts, colours, shampoo, styling products: looking after those locks can really add up. So we want to tap MoneySavers for their top tips on keeping their tresses lovely for less.

    Do you really need a chop every six weeks, which cheap shampoos beat salon brands, and how can you recreate posh colours at home? We’d love to hear from any hairdresser MoneySavers too.


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    • minerva_windsong
    • By minerva_windsong 6th Oct 09, 2:18 PM
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    Go every eight weeks rather than every six. You can even push this out to every twelve weeks if you have long hair. As long as you condition it properly and don't use excessive heat to style it you shouldn't get split ends.

    If you've got a fringe, the vast majority of hairdressers will trim it for you for free, and most will do it there and then - it's a ten minute job but makes a big difference.

    Boots Expert heat protection spray costs Ł2.99 - half the cost of the salon brands in Boots - and is just as good if not better as the posh ones.
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    • 6th Oct 09, 2:21 PM
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    • 6th Oct 09, 2:21 PM
    I've been following a blogger who is giving weekly moneysaving tips to raise money for charity and in her "Week of Questionable Hair" she suggests (a) getting a wet cut instead of having your hair blow-dried as part of the cut, saving about Ł5 to Ł10 if your hairdresser has that option; (b) trying a mobile hairdresser because they're generally much cheaper than a salon (about Ł15 to Ł20), and she explains how to find one; (c) trying a trainee, again much cheaper but risky; and (d) having your hair cut just a bit less often.

    She also tried washing her hair in Fairy Liquid, which is apparently often recommended but it didn't work for her.

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    • morocha
    • By morocha 6th Oct 09, 3:07 PM
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    • 6th Oct 09, 3:07 PM
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    • 6th Oct 09, 3:07 PM
    My best conditioner treatment is almond oil.. i heat it up in the microwave then put in my hair for as many hours as i want/can then wash it off.. and my hair is lovely and really shiny.
    I thin my own hair and i really like the result.. i get highlights, go to the salon to re do them every 12 weeks.. so in a year that's 4 times... i get t section...my hair is black but i get caramel and golden highlights...
    I am trying to get my hair done every 12 weeks.. t section then every year the whole head.. i dont want to damage my whole head every couple of months, i want to see if this works... ahh my hair is shoulder length.
    Last edited by morocha; 06-10-2009 at 9:22 PM.
    • **Juice**
    • By **Juice** 6th Oct 09, 4:11 PM
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    • 6th Oct 09, 4:11 PM
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    • 6th Oct 09, 4:11 PM
    Coconut oil is a fab hair conditioner (can use it on your body too) - pretty cheap from Boots/Superdrug, they do their own brands of it.
    • flippin36
    • By flippin36 6th Oct 09, 8:12 PM
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    • 6th Oct 09, 8:12 PM
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    • 6th Oct 09, 8:12 PM
    Another vote for coconut oil. I have really, really badly processed hair from bleaching and straightening. It has been breaking off and is in a bit of a mess. I didn't want to have it cut short, so I did a search on the net which kept bringing me back to coconut oil. I got mine from Holland and Barrett for Ł11.99 (but its a large 453g tub which will last me months). I put it on my hair (and face) every evening and wash it off in the morning (washes off easily not like olive oil).

    Breakage seems to have stopped and my hair is shiny and strong, I feel like its actually growing now. Smells great too.
    Last edited by MSE Jenny; 08-10-2009 at 10:32 AM.
    • lostinrates
    • By lostinrates 6th Oct 09, 8:34 PM
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    • 6th Oct 09, 8:34 PM
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    coconut oil just doesn't work for me...gives my hair an odd fluffy texture and feel. I'd love to cut down on the amount I spend on my hair. styling products for curly hair, and mine is very curly, really add up: frizease, some sort of curling cream (I use Catwalk). I do only go to th hairresser 3-4 times a year. The only other thing that has really saved me anything is reducing the frequency of shampooing. I have animals, and don't like smelling them in my hair, so use to wash alot, but I have found my hair is better, and it costs les, to just condition instad. This is sufficient to deal with smell. I also sometimes leave odinary, not leave in, conditioner in my curly hair. It protects it a bit from the weather/temperature changes I think.
  • humblebumble
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    • 6th Oct 09, 10:45 PM
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    • 6th Oct 09, 10:45 PM
    If there is college near you that runs a training salon you should be able to book in for VERY low cost hair-dos and beauty treatments. Our local one in Redcar charge Ł5.00 for a cut and blow dry. All students are monitered by tutors. The downside is they tend to take far longer than a high street salon but a nice long sit down in warm friendly surroundings being pampered isn't a bad way to spend an afternoon!!
    • IDProtected
    • By IDProtected 7th Oct 09, 8:01 AM
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    • 7th Oct 09, 8:01 AM
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    • 7th Oct 09, 8:01 AM
    I only ever have a fringe trim, and the hairdressers I go to told me that if I make an appointment to have this done they have to charge Ł5, whereas if I just call in on the off chance, they will do it for Ł3 if someone is free. 9 times out of 10 I can get it cut within half an hour by just calling in.
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  • joesaunt
    I have just been to our local College for a cut and blow dry for the sum of Ł7.50. Took her about an hour and a half, but it was checked over several times by the "teacher" and except for being a tad on the short side (it will grow) it is a nice haircut. I have been used to paying in the region of Ł45 / Ł50.00 for a cut and blow dry. Can't afford it any more and I will cetainly be going back. Also, at the beauty department their pedicures are Ł8, rather than the Ł20 I usually pay....

    I have curly/frizzy hair and I love using a tiny drop of almond oil, olive oil as a serum..mind you a tiny tiny bit goes an awful long way. Compares well to the John Frieda serum I used for years.
    Last edited by MSE Jenny; 08-10-2009 at 10:32 AM.
  • karenx
    So does coconut oil really work?
    My hair is bleached white and while the majority of it is in great condition then ends are a bit dry and horrid looking. Even after getting a wee trim it goes dry again after a while. I use sebastian shampoo and conditioner, they are Ł10 each but I need really decent stuff as I have extensions too. I used aussie before I got extensions and it was truly amazing but it doesnt work on my extensions
    I also do my own coloring at home so I save loads on that! I need my roots done every 4 weeks and at the hairdressers that was about Ł50 a time. Now I spend about Ł30 in sallys for all the stuff and that lasts me about a year!!
    I need to get my extensions redone every 3 months so when I get them taken out I get a small trim
  • fedupfreda
    Cut your own hair. I've been doing this for years. I have shoulder length layered hair and after a few mistakes I quickly learnt how to do it. Now I can cut my hair at my convenience, at no cost, how often I like.

    Suggestion - get a good book from the library first, I got 'haircutting for dummies'. This has a useful section on how to cut your own hair as well as teaching you to cut everyone elses hair. (BTW I also cut my 2 sons and my Husbands hair!) Get a good set of clippers and stick to simple crew cuts for boys. Luckily the boys are of an age where they will tolerate having mum cut their hair.

    I dread to think how much I must have saved over the years - estimate Ł7 for each of the boys, Ł10 for my Husband and Ł20 for a wet cut for me, every 2 months, comes to Ł44 for 2 months, over the course of 8 years this comes to a grand total of Ł2112
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    • flippin36
    • By flippin36 7th Oct 09, 9:40 AM
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    So does coconut oil really work?
    My hair is bleached white and while the majority of it is in great condition then ends are a bit dry and horrid looking. Even after getting a wee trim it goes dry again after a while. I use sebastian shampoo and conditioner, they are Ł10 each but I need really decent stuff as I have extensions too. I used aussie before I got extensions and it was truly amazing but it doesnt work on my extensions
    I also do my own coloring at home so I save loads on that! I need my roots done every 4 weeks and at the hairdressers that was about Ł50 a time. Now I spend about Ł30 in sallys for all the stuff and that lasts me about a year!!
    I need to get my extensions redone every 3 months so when I get them taken out I get a small trim
    Originally posted by karenx
    It has worked for me. It makes my hair feel stronger. If your ends are split and very dry you need to have a trim then use the coconut oil to prevent it getting damaged. TBH I have bleached my hair to death and cannot get it to grow below the neck. I have stopped bleaching and straightening whilst I grow it. If coconut oil doesn't work for you try Henna Wax treatment. Its very cheap and works.

    Am thinking of doing the conditioner only wash. Apparently the cheaper the conditioner the better as it won't leave a build up on the hair like the pricier ones do. Anyone tried this?
    Last edited by flippin36; 07-10-2009 at 9:44 AM.
  • karenx
    Awsome, Im due my extensions out at the end of the month so I will make sure I have some oil by then! So just some cheap stuff out of boots be ok? xx
    • sammylou100
    • By sammylou100 7th Oct 09, 9:46 AM
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    If you live or work in London you could go to one of the hairdressing academies, Toni & Guy, Saks & Vidal Sassoon all have them, but generally you have to go in during the day...the one that I go to does any colour for Ł15 and a cut is a fiver! It does take a while because they are training but that's the only downside, they are supervised at all times. I've been going for about a year and I always leave happy with my hair. This works out almost as cheap as colouring my hair at home because I have VERY thick hair and have to use 2 boxes of colour.
  • Jawuk
    coconut oil just doesn't work for me...gives my hair an odd fluffy texture and feel. I'd love to cut down on the amount I spend on my hair. styling products for curly hair, and mine is very curly, really add up: frizease, some sort of curling cream (I use Catwalk). I do only go to th hairresser 3-4 times a year. The only other thing that has really saved me anything is reducing the frequency of shampooing. I have animals, and don't like smelling them in my hair, so use to wash alot, but I have found my hair is better, and it costs les, to just condition instad. This is sufficient to deal with smell. I also sometimes leave odinary, not leave in, conditioner in my curly hair. It protects it a bit from the weather/temperature changes I think.
    Originally posted by lostinrates
    I have very curly hair, frizzy when brushed or after rain. I comb it through only when it's covered in conditioner and not again until I next wash it. I've found that using a little conditioner mixed with water in an ordinary garden sprayer to dampen my hair calms the after-bed frizz into curls, and if I'm lucky, ringlets.
    • flippin36
    • By flippin36 7th Oct 09, 9:53 AM
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    Awsome, Im due my extensions out at the end of the month so I will make sure I have some oil by then! So just some cheap stuff out of boots be ok? xx
    Originally posted by karenx
    I couldn't find any in boots, but someone else mentioned you could buy it there and superdrug. Worth asking. I got mine from H&B but I imagine thats not the cheapest place - I will be shopping round next time I need some. I am also using Organix coconut shampoo & conditioner too (the best I have ever used, its all natural active ingredients, doesn't strip the hair. Not cheap but they are 3 for 2 at boots at the moment. I got the coconut anti serum as the free item. Now, considering my hairs in a bit of a mess at the moment (I'm refusing to have it cut any shorter) this serum has stopped me from using the GHD's, my hairs more relaxed so it doesn't look so damaged. HTH
    • **Juice**
    • By **Juice** 7th Oct 09, 10:07 AM
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    The one I bought was from Boots - it wasn't with the hair stuff, I think it was in with the moisturisers? And don't let the word "oil" fool you, my one was solid in a pot (it melts at body temperature).
    • **Juice**
    • By **Juice** 7th Oct 09, 10:08 AM
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    I am also using Organix coconut shampoo & conditioner too (the best I have ever used, its all natural active ingredients, doesn't strip the hair. HTH
    Originally posted by flippin36
    I used the vanilla one of those and hate hate HATED the conditioner, it felt like I hadn't conditioned at all. Smelled lovely but that was about it...
    • clairol55
    • By clairol55 7th Oct 09, 10:32 AM
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    If you live or work in London you could go to one of the hairdressing academies, Toni & Guy, Saks & Vidal Sassoon all have them, but generally you have to go in during the day...the one that I go to does any colour for Ł15 and a cut is a fiver! It does take a while because they are training but that's the only downside, they are supervised at all times. I've been going for about a year and I always leave happy with my hair. This works out almost as cheap as colouring my hair at home because I have VERY thick hair and have to use 2 boxes of colour.
    If you don't want an extremely modern cut or colour i'd stay clear of Vidal Sassoon academies and go for Tony & Guy who are happy to do more classic cuts. I wasn't aware of Vidal Sassoon's style for modern, choppy cuts and colours and wish someone had told me before...
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