How to trim your hair care costs

The Western Star - - Money Saver Hq - SARAH SURMAN

MANY women see get­ting their hair done as es­sen­tial, de­spite hair care some­times cost­ing them four times as much as men.

A Moneysaver­HQ in­ves­ti­ga­tion has found that hair main­te­nance for women typ­i­cally costs be­tween $160 and $275 ev­ery six to eight weeks, while men pay $15 to $40 ev­ery three to six weeks.

How­ever, both sexes can find ways to cut their hair-care costs.

Sydney ca­reer coach Jac­quie Hoyes, 49, said she spent $250 ev­ery three months on hair­dress­ing ex­penses plus an ad­di­tional $200 per quar­ter on hair prod­ucts.

“When our hair looks good, we feel good,” she said. “Find­ing a qual­ity and trusted hair­dresser at a price point that one can af­ford is im­por­tant.”

Ms Hoyes said she had saved money by stop­ping us­ing straight­en­ers, buy­ing shampoo in bulk and shar­ing with fam­ily and friends, and shop­ping around for dis­counted prod­ucts.

Ade­laide wealth ad­viser Phil Parkins, 29, spends just $15 ev­ery six weeks at the bar­ber and $8 on su­per­mar­ket hair prod­ucts ev­ery three months. “Shop around for a cheap bar­ber and don’t be afraid to tell them how you want your hair cut,” he said. “In­vest in a good elec­tric shaver rather than get­ting a beard trim at the bar­ber.”

TONI&GUY Ge­orges Vic­to­ria sa­lon owner Jo Smith said women not want­ing to spend a lot ev­ery six weeks should use the right home hair care for their life­style.

Us­ing ton­ers in be­tween visits would help colours look fresher for longer, Ms Smith said.

“We can cover grey roots by alternatin­g the hair line and part­ing with do­ing a full head,” she said. “This gives the ef­fect the whole head is done – it’s good for sav­ing money and time.”

Cir­cles of Su­bi­aco Perth owner Shar­lene Lee said some of her clients stretched visits to 12 weeks.

Global con­sumer trends spe­cial­ist Kristina Dryza said one of the most ob­vi­ous ways to save money was to avoid buy­ing prod­ucts from the sa­lon.

“In an age of on­line com­par­a­tive shop­ping, it pays to shop around,” she said.

“You also don’t need to see the most ex­pen­sive per­son in the sa­lon. Most ju­nior stylists are hun­gry to display their tal­ent and skills.”

Ms Dryza also sug­gested find­ing recipes on­line to make dry shampoo or hair masks “from food like olive oil, coconut oil, av­o­ca­dos, ba­nanas and mayonnaise”.

SHAVE COSTS: Mi­lano Hair Stu­dio sa­lon man­ager Frankie Dou­glas-Wal­ton with cus­tomer Jac­quie Hoyes, who has saved money by stop­ping straight­en­ing her hair. Pic­ture: David Swift

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