Whether performed at the salon, or performed at a clinic, certain beauty treatments can be incredibly expensive. There are however a number of things you can do to reduce the costs. This just involves a little effort and planning. But it’s well worth it. Here are 10 approaches you can potentially take to save hundreds of dollars!
1. Cheapest Isn’t Always Best
We all want that quick cheap beauty fix which will instantly improve our skin. Unfortunately this isn’t always possible. The majority of treatments don’t work in only one session. This is especially true with treatments like laser resurfacing, laser hair removal and microdermabrasion. If you just get one treatment you’ll be wasting your money. You won’t be likely to see results, and if you do, they won’t last for very long.
So think long term. Sometimes it’s actually worth spending more and getting a better treatment overall. Think about how you want to look in years rather than weeks
2. Do Your Research
Properly researching the whole process is very important. Firstly you want to properly research the actual treatment. You don’t want to spend money on an unproven procedure or you may as well just flush your hard earned money right down the toilet. Do as much research as you can – the treatment section on this site is a good place to start but you shouldn’t stop there. Google is your friend for in depth research. So are sites like Real Self.
Just as important is researching the spa or clinic you’re going to get the treatment at. A good procedure can still be performed badly. So try and find some reviews online, or even ask a friend who has been.
This will help you steer clear of the poor treatments and treatment providers. Not only could you end up paying more fixing a botched treatment, it could actually be dangerous to your health.
This one is probably the best way to get discounts, but also a method that few of us use. Some of us think that asking for a discount is rude.
If you’ve been a loyal customer for a while ask about a loyalty discount. Some salons may even offer a loyalty card which offer a % discount or give you a buy 10 haircuts and get one free type of offer.
However it may be easier for you to ask about discounts if you don’t know the person. That way your relationship won’t get in the way of you getting the best deal you can!
It never hurts to ask, you’ve got to remember that they’ll still be making a very healthy profit on the transaction.
You know the saying – “you don’t ask, you don’t get”. And always remember – you have the power to walk away and find somewhere else which will give you a discount.
4. Bulk Buy
Buying in bulk can usually save you quite a bit. The more treatments you buy, the bigger the saving per individual treatment. Some salons or clinics will advertise this quite aggressively because they’re still making a good amount of money from each transaction.
Be warned that this tactic can backfire. You may get drawn into getting treatments that you don’t need because of the low prices. Only get what you need. It may be a good idea to consult with more than one professional to ensure you’re getting the right number of sessions. You don’t want to pay for 10 treatments when 5 will do.
5. Online Offer Websites
Websites like Groupon can offer some pretty big discounts. Especially if you’re flexible in relation to the treatment you get. It’s a good way to try out some treatments you may not be too sure about without paying full price. You can sometimes even get discounts up to 70%!
Keep your eyes open for offers in your local area.
6. Home Devices
If you know you’re going to be getting lots of a certain type of treatment, it may be a good idea to buy a home device. Yes they may be more expensive initially, but over time it’s likely to work out cheaper. Let’s take laser hair removal as an example. Buying a home device can cost $300-400. That sounds like quite a lot. But fully treating a smallish area like the chin at a clinic costs around $400. Then if you want to do another similar sized area that’s another $400. So if you want a few areas treating then it could be the more cost effective option.
Many treatments aren’t 100% permanent either, so you’d need to go back to the clinic for a touch up session. If you own the device you can just give them to yourself at no extra cost.
7. Training Nights
Many salons and beauty schools will do training nights a few times a month. Experienced hairdressers may oversee new stylists or practice new techniques. They obviously can’t do this on customers who pay full price. You should be able to get your hair cut at a highly reduced rate.
Because a fully trained hairdresser should have a part in the process, you should get a great cut. Maybe not as good as a normal cut, but for the price it can’t be beaten.
It’s not just haircuts either, practically any salon treatment should be available. Again, a quick Google search can give you the information you need.
8. Take Care of Yourself
Nearly all beauty treatments are going to only last a certain amount of time. But if you take care of yourself you can significantly extend the amount of time they last for.
Had your nails done? Then take care of them straight after when they’re at their most vulnerable. Keep them away from heat and stay away from physical activities if possible!
Getting a spray tan done? Make sure you fully exfoliate your skin before.
Having teeth whitening? Stay away from staining foods like coffee, red wine and curry!
9. Wait a Little While
New treatments or products are always going to be more expensive. So if you’ve read about a new procedure it’d be best to wait a few months until the hype has died down. Another good reason to do this is because any bugs or problems with the treatment will have been worked out. For example a new powerful laser hair removal system could be released which works better at a certain frequency. This may only be apparent after the professional has gotten used to treating people with the device.
10. Don’t Be Too Nice
Remember that you’re getting a treatment done to make yourself look fantastic. Not make friends with the person providing the treatment! So be as direct and forward as possible. If you’re getting your haircut and it doesn’t look like it’s going the way you want, then say something! If you end up with a bad cut then it’s going to cost you even more money to get it fixed.
We all know that the outcomes of beauty treatments can sometimes be unpredictable. But if a treatment isn’t going to be suitable for you then you’re going to want to know. So if the specialist is being evasive with the questions you ask, keep pressing them! It’s their job to provide you with that sort of information. If they can’t provide you with good answers to your queries then find someone else who can. Let it be known that you understand whatever they say isn’t a guarantee and they may be more forthcoming.