Cut the Cost of Your Haircuts?

Cheap vs Expensive Haircuts

A Fab vs. Fru “She Said, She Said”

Stephanie’s Fantastically Frugal Find

I must have walked past the Fantastic Sam’s around the corner from me thousands of times. I never gave it much thought, and never considered that I would ever go inside.  Truthfully, I figured Fantastic Sam’s wouldn’t be so… fantastic.  I was used to upscale salons, and of course the upscale prices that went with them.

A couple months ago, I was running errands, thinking about how badly I needed a trim, when I passed by FS for the third time tStraight haircuthat day. On a lark, I decided to dash in with no appointment – I figured even if it wasn’t so fabulous, it would definitely be frugal.  But the real question was … could it be both Fab & Fru? I was skeptical, to say the least. But, I only needed a trim, no fancy styling needed – how bad could it be?  Beverly Hills was only a short drive away if I needed some major fix-it work on my locks…

I have long brown hair that has had the same style since I was two – namely, no style. I get the ends trimmed every so often, and that’s about as complex as my haircuts get. Even though I don’t get anything intricate done it still costs me over $100 by the time I go to a salon, go through the whole shampoo, cut and blow dry – a lot of money and time for not a lot of style.

Who would have guessed – Fantastic Sam’s was the answer to my prayers! Ten minutes and $17.95 later I walked out with my dry ends trimmed away, a smile on my face and money in my pocket!

Now, granted, if you have more high maintenance hair, or really love the salon experience, then clearly this no frills service would not be for you!  FS had all the charm factor of a high school cafeteria, and it wasn’t like anyone was running around offering me hibiscus tea.  But, as far as I was concerned, my $17.95 trim looked the same as the $100 trims I had been getting. Plus this one only took ten minutes, and I just popped in when I had time. What could be better?

I have to admit, I didn’t try any of their “fancier” services, but for a basic trim you can’t beat it. I figure even if I just substitute Fantastic Sam’s for a pricier salon a few times a year, I will be saving hundreds of dollars, not to mention countless hours – now that is Fantastic!

Brandi’s Favorite (& Fabulous) Splurge

cutting curls Stephanie has beautiful long straight hair that every stylist on the planet would just love to get their hands on.  They’re trained on hair like Steph’s.  However, as a woman with curly hair, I have had more than my fill of disastrous experiences where stylists have no clue how to deal with hair like mine, and I leave the salon wishing I could put a paper bag over my head.

Now don’t get me wrong – I don’t have a high maintenance hair either.  I typically just wash and go, and because I have curly locks, I don’t even have the faintest idea how to use a curling iron.  So, you may ask: why would I CHOOSE to spend money on an expensive haircut?  Believe me – if a cheap cut got me what I wanted, I’d be the first to let my mother trim my hair for free…

Back me up ladies, you curly hair girls must know what I’m talking about!

I used to only get cheaper cuts because I thought that the mistakes made would just hide themselves in my mess of curls.  But after a few weeks, my hair would look like a mushroom – flat on top, then just bushy.   I found myself getting my hair cut every 6-8 weeks.

It was four years ago when I first stepped foot into the Devachon Salon in Soho, and my life changed forever.  Devachon is all about curls of all shapes and sizes.  They taught me to care for my hair differently than a straight hair girl (now I never have spilt ends and only need get my haircut 2-3 times a year).  They cut my hair differently, giving me lasting cuts that enhance my curls.  And they just simply understand my hair.  Finally!

I will never deny those of you looking for a bargain, and you may never understand why I think my salon is worth the hype and the splurge.  So, while Steph just discovered a Fru alternative to her high-end habit of luxe haircuts, I have finally found my rightful place at a totally Fab salon that GETS my unruly curls.   And even if I have to beg, borrow and steal – I will never stray back into the world of ‘straight centric’ hair salons again!

Remember, half of being Fabulous & Frugal is just being Fabulous!

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2 Responses to “Cut the Cost of Your Haircuts?”

  1. Ryan Cooper says:

    Never did get the high-end salon thing. Just seems like a waste of money to me. I can understand that the service might be better (at least it better be, you’re paying for it) but I don’t think the end result necessarily is. My wife gets great haircuts at some of the discount salons around here. As far as the guys go, I’d suggest investing in a pair of hair clippers and doing-it-yourself. We’ve been doing this with my family for years. Really saves you a lot of money.

  2. Mariah says:

    Some upscale hair academies like Toni and Guy need volunteer hair models for their continuing education classes, which is a great way to save in between upscale haircuts and still get a great cut. Just expect the appointment to take 2-3 times as long.

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