How to get a haircut for free (or very cheap)!

When I started on my frugal living journey and trying to cut back on unnecessary spending; haircuts was one of the areas that I struggled with, I loved going to my hair salon and couldn’t figure out how I could change this.

I started by reducing the amount of times I went to the hairdressers per year, so I would go every 12 weeks instead of 8 weeks. I then changed to a cheaper out of town hairdressers, which started off fine, just as good as the more expensive ones. But then I would find the cuts became hit and miss, sometimes I was pleased with it, other times not so much, and I begrudged paying for something that I wasn’t 100% happy with!

So I decided to do some research to see if there was any ways to get a free hair cut.

Cut your own Hair

The most obvious one to me was to try to cut my own hair. I had no previous experience with this at all so I had no idea how it would turn out but actually it wasn’t as scary as it sounds I promise! There’s so many great tutorials on YouTube that guide you through the process, I just watched a few and gave it a go! The first cut was pretty terrifiying but actually once you’ve made that first snip it’s not so scary! There’s tutorials for long or short hair, straight or layers. I have long layered choppy hair so I wasn’t too bothered about it being perfectly straight; I’m happy with it anyway. I’ve also been dying my own hair for a while as well and that cost of paying to get it dyed at a salon was was just getting ridiculous. As much as I would love to not have to dye my hair (that would obviously save some money) as I have dark hair the dreaded greys unfortunately are showing through now so I have to disguise them.

If cutting your own hair sounds a bit too terrifying there are a couple of other options you could consider to get a cheaper haircut:

Teaching Academy/Salons

Search to see whether you live near any colleges or beauty schools as their students will be looking for clients on which to practice their skills. At the hair and beauty college near me I can get a cut and blow dry for £10 and a full head colour and cut is £35! These prices are for Level 3 students so although they are still students they are pretty much qualified and they are supervised anyway at all times. I haven’t been for a hair cut but I have been a few times for the beauty treatments that they offer and it’s definately worth it, a fraction of the cost of going to a high street salon.

Groupon Deals

If you sign up to receive Groupon deals for your local area, there’s always offers for money off hair cuts. A quick search as I’m writing this brings up loads of offers with at least 50% off (some even more) the average price being around £15.

Trading Skills

If you have a friend who is great at cutting hair, find out if they would be willing to trade their services for something you’re skilled at. Unfortunately I don’t have any skillfull hairdresser friends; one of my friends and I did discuss cutting each others hair, but I was too scared in case I messed up her hair!

I’ve also been dying my own hair for a while as well,  as the cost of paying to get it dyed at a salon was was just getting ridiculous. As much as I would love to not have to dye my hair (that would obviously save some money) I have dark hair and the dreaded greys unfortunately are showing through now so I have to disguise them!

So I now spend about £5 every 6 weeks on a shop bought dye and nothing on hair cuts, which works out about £43 per year.  I used to spend about £60 every 8 weeks on a haircut and colour, which worked out as approximately £390 per year; as I now spend £43 per year that’s a saving of £347 per year!

So that’s how to get a haircut for free, (or very cheap)! Is hair and beauty something that you need to reduce your spending on? How do you save money in this area?

 

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