Hair Cuts and Colors: Pay Pennies, Splurge a Little, Break the Bank?

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I was talking to a friend the other day that does her own hair: cuts, color, highlights. I’m in awe, of course. I would never have the guts to cut my hair, much less put in highlights. I’ve colored it before, but I always choose the wrong shade and wind up looking quite goth when I didn't mean to.

I’ve also spent quite a bit of time in cheap salons. For a while I seemed to do okay, but three times in a row I got really bad results. (Think straw-like hair after a highlight job gone bad. I still have nightmares!)

At that point, I decided to pay a little more on cuts and color. I don’t pay top price, but I don’t get by as cheaply as I can.

I have another friend who pays top dollar to get her hair done every six weeks: cut, color, highlights, you name it. The ‘do’ takes a few hours in the salon and costs about what I pay per week for groceries. Her philosophy: the girl does a great job and she’s always satisfied with the way her hair looks.

Yet another person I spoke to this week paid $28 for a cut, looked great, but felt it was too expensive. She decided to head back to the least expensive salon and take her chances.

Three people: one who feels fine paying pennies on cuts, one who splurges a little, and another who goes all out when it comes to hair care.

Which made me think of you all, my readers. I love how interactive everyone is with this blog, so I’m going to start tossing out a few posts about specific items and ask you to tell me your philosophy on them (or so I hope you will!): pay pennies, splurge a little, or break the bank?

This week, it’s hair. I feel I fall in the middle at splurge a little. I don't mind paying a little more if I know the person I'm going to is going to do a great job. However, I feel great guilt paying a lot of money to get my hair done (but of course, I'm cheap and I always feel great guilt when I spend money on things!).

What about you? Do you go for the inexpensive salons, do you splurge a little or will you break the bank for a good cut? And why?

What do you think?

Hair Cuts and Colors: Pay Pennies, Splurge a Little, Break the Bank?

Kathy Murdock works as a full time writer and web designer. Recently planted in the middle of the deep south from the busy streets of Los Angeles, when she's not coding Wordpress websites or writing about women in business and thrifty motherhood, Kathy spends time photographing alligators, playing with her family, and running. ... More

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  1. Profile photo of Nicole Nicole says:

    My sister is a stylist and she has average prices. But I always tip her extra cause not only does she do an awesome job but we’re family!

  2. you pay more for something worth while

  3. Profile photo of KWRAY KWRAY says:

    If I had the money I wouldn’t mind spending a decent amount of money to have the look I like…but I’m so…blah…when it comes to my hair. I hardly ever do it so why spends tons of money on a great hairstyle when I never get a chance to style it, anyways.

  4. Profile photo of Angela Angela says:

    I have a hair dresser friend and we trade services. She cuts my hair and I then watch her baby for 2 hours while she goes and does errands. We are both happy.

  5. Profile photo of Sarah Sarah says:

    I also color my own hair which always turns out just as good as the salon and have found a lady that does an awesome cut for $11 at a local tan salon! Cant beat that!

  6. Profile photo of MomAgain MomAgain says:

    I haven’t had a cut – other than kitchen shears lopping off a ponytail – in 6 years, color either. I can never justify the money or the time on myself. Sometimes I’m like "gonna go for it!" but I always wimp out and stay home.

  7. Profile photo of anita anita says:

    I got to Regis salon, they are decent priced, but every time you come in they give you 3 coupon (1 for each of the next 4 months) (25, 30, 50% off all services) so the first one costs 80 for just the dye but then they o a great job, and with the coupons I get it makes everything decent priced. I usually wait until the 50% off then will get my har cut, and highlights in and I’ll only spend 60 with a tip. It makes it affordable to keep my hair done.

  8. Profile photo of isabel isabel says:

    I will say I splurge a lil, I pay about $30 for my haircut, I don’t do color and I only do it every 3 months or so,so I don’t think is that bad ,compare to my hubby who goes to the barber every week and pay $25 for it.

  9. I go to a girl I’ve known for a long time and I have only been disappointed once. My hair always looks great, but one time she seemed like she was in a rush. I recently got my hair cut and styled and it cost me $16. I couldn’t imagine paying an arm and a leg for a haircut.

  10. Profile photo of atothedbly atothedbly says:

    I definitely spend pennies on my hair! Ive never colored it before and dont plan to so Im all set there.. but I admit Ive even gone to the walmart salon and actually liked my haircut! and it was only like 17 bucks so I was really happy 🙂

  11. Profile photo of heps7 heps7 says:

    I am as cheap and cheap can be. I love the color of my hair so I don’t color it and I cut it myself. I know the way I want it to look and if it gets messed up I can only be mad at myself.


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