The secret to getting your hair done for this price is...
to find a local "Beauty School". I know, I know.. You aren't about to let some amateur practice on your mullet or fabulous Ferrah Faucett lookin' mane of hair you've had since the 80's! That's what I thought too. But when I saw a local school was doing a "99 cent haircut" day, I had to check it out. On that day, the school was very busy. Luckily, I had called for an appointment. I was seated in minutes, and my hair was cut by a pleasant student who asked all the right questions and cut it just the way Mrs. Sniveler likes. (My hair is no longer my own. I think it's in our marriage contract) When finished, an instructor (licensed cosmetologist) checked her work, and asked if everything was okay. I paid my 99 cents with a dollar bill and left a dollar tip. I haven't been to another shop since. I now pay $4.25, and give a $1 tip. That may not seem like much, but do the math: that's a nearly 25% tip. Remember, this is a student, and if in the course of a day they do 10 haircuts, that's $10 in their pocket. Hey, I never got paid for doing my schoolwork, did you? And since I am pretty sure they won't report it as income, its untaxed. And also, on my $4.25 I paid no tax. My total: $5.25, period. At the local clip shop, there's about a dollar tax and a 15% tip is $2, total: $16.00. I saved 10.75, or $129 a year - and I helped a student get her license.
How do you go about finding a good beauty / cosmetology school in your area? First, start with your phone book. To narrow the field if there are more than one may require a bit of subterfuge on your part - and you'll have to pay for one more full priced haircut. Go to your regular hair shop once more. Most hairdressers are very chatty- spark up a conversation and mention that you - or your (child, niece, neighbor) is considering becoming a cosmetologist. Ask if there is a school locally they would recommend. Remember to thank them for their advice and tip well: you'll probably never be back again!
One of the best things about going to a school is they probably offer a wider range of services than your regular shop. There are a few things you need to be aware of.
- If you find a particular student you like, you can sometimes get her every time. This depends on the rules at the school.
- Don't get too attached to your regular student. They will graduate someday!
- Appointments: MAKE ONE!
- Make sure you have the proper payment: some places (mine included) do not accept credit/ debit.
|Ceramic Style Short/Med||$7.50|
|Ceramic Style Long/EX Long||$9.50|
|UPDO/Special Occasion Styling||$9.50|
|Braiding/Cornrows||$5.00 - $30.00|
|* Styling is extra with hair cutting, deep conditioning, and scalp treatments|
|Short Hair Perm||$24.95|
|Long Hair Perm (Spiral) - Long Hair Perms Include 1 Extra Solution||$39.95|
|Hydroxide Relaxer||$25.00 - $50.00|
|Perm Relaxer||$25.00 and Up|
|Opti-Smooth Relaxer||$45.00 - $125.00|
|Short Tint (Ear Length)||$20.00|
|Retouch Tint (New Growth Only)||$20.00|
|Medium Tint (Above Shoulders)||$23.00|
|Long Tint (Shoulder Length)||$32.00|
|Ex. Long / Ex. Thick Tint (Below Shoulders)||$37.00|
|Highlighting (Foils) Short/Med||$29.95|
|Highlighting (Foils) Long/Ex. Long||$34.95|
|Highlighting - Each Additional Color||$15.00 and Up|
|Bleach (Full Head)||$20.00 and Up|
|Color Correction||$45.00 and Up|
|Scalp Treatments||$5.00 - $10.00|
|Deep Conditioning||$5.00 - $10.00|
|Under Arm Wax||$5.00|
|Leg Wax (To Knee)||$20.00|
|Lash and Brow Tint||$3.50|
|Individual Nail Repair||$2.50|
|Artificial Nail Removal||$10.00|
- Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday
- Party of 6 or More
- 1/2 Off Selected Items
- By Appointment Only
- Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday
- 15% College Students (Must Show ID)
- 15% Senior Citizen (60 & Up)
- Discounts are not offered on Product
- Coupons may be found in the Phone Book and College Coupon Booklets
You've saved $129 a year or more, dahlings, and may I just say;You Look Mahvelous, Simply Mahvelous!
Now, what will you do with the money you saved? *
*Hint: your favorite cheapskate blogger has a paypal and smartypig account.