on a real-girl budget
“In tough economic times, women want value for their money. They don’t want to give up their beauty routines, though – it’s the very thing that helps them feel and look better during difficult times,” explains Shelene Shaer, owner of Tanaz Hair, Body & Nails in Joburg. Follow her excellent purse-loving tips to help make your salon visits even more worthwhile, and your money stretch.
“Women tend to think that their hair is dryer or more damaged than it actually is, which often influences their choices when choosing products,” says Shelene. A consultation with a pro stylist will tell you the actual condition of your hair, which will help you pick the right products. You’ll have less wastage and get better results.
1 Go for a consultation 2Set a budget upfront
“Explain your budget and work together with your stylist to create a look that suits your pocket,” Shelene says. The salon would rather have you back regularly and work with what you have than only see you once a year.
3 Buy the best you can afford
“Your homecare products are the building blocks for keeping your style in good condition,” Shelene adds. If you’re getting your hair professionally coloured, it’s important to buy the correct products to care for your tresses at home. “You’ll need a good colour protector, as cheaper products can strip your colour,” she explains.
Remember: the time that you spend to style your hair is also an investment
If you love treatments, like Brazilian straightening, talk to your stylist. “Instead of going for deals from unknown brands, have your stylist only do sections of hair, like your parting and hairline. This will save you styling time without the cost of doing your whole head,” Shelene adds.