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Get beautiful hair on a budget

Sean James began his career as a hairstylist in his native Australia when he trained with the country's leading hairstylist Oscar Cullinan. In 1989, Sean moved to London where he trained with Vidal Sassoon. A few years later in 1992, Sea...

Affordable hair care

With online fashion and beauty websites and social media sites like Pinterest, we're constantly surrounded by hair-spiration. The only problem? Getting gorgeous hair doesn't often come cheap.
Woman getting blowout

So how can you keep on trend and get sexy strands without emptying your bank account? You make affordable changes! Here are a few of our faves.

Ask your stylist for a "framing"

A framing is when your colorist paints on, or "balayages,” a few strands around the face. This is a great way to get a new look and brighten up your face without paying for a complete highlight! Make sure they don’t paint it on too thick or too close to the root because it can bleed onto the scalp and cause spotting.

combTrim your bangs

For a quick update on your look, book a bang trim! This can be a great way to freshen up your look without spending money on an expensive haircut, and it usually costs about $20 (some salons do them for free, too!). Don't forget to tip your stylist!

Try a blow bar

With the uprising of blow dry bars (salons that forego cuts and colorings and focus only on hair styling) all over the country, beauty is now totally accessible. For $35 to $40, blow outs are the finishing touch on your look, and are a great way to make you feel instantly refreshed and like the star you are meant to be.

Color your hair correctly

Ladies, let's face it -- doing your hair color at home always looks like you did your hair color at, well, home. Don’t kid yourself! Leave it to the professionals. Salons can be expensive, but here are some quick-fix options:

A semi-permanent color refresher brightens a washed-out look with an in-between color, and in many salons, it's a little more affordable than a permanent color.

A demi-permanent color refresher will blend your gray strands. It’s a great way to introduce someone who has grays into coloring their hair. But be warned, these do not give full coverage. Semis and demis are there to help blend and brighten what you have.

Phytojoba Intense Hydrating MaskTake care of your hair at home

Luxury hair care brands may seem like an expensive option, but in the long run, their nutritive qualities will prevent you from having to spend money at the salon fixing your hair. The bottom line? Spend more on your hair care products to avoid overspending at the salon.

A personal fave is the brand Phyto hair care. The Phytojoba intense hydrating hair mask is great for general moisture control, and for anyone with colored or highlighted hair. The Phytosesame conditioner has tons of nourishing oils and smells so delicious that you’ll want to eat it. And the protein-rich Phytovolume Actif spray will give you that added vavoom you've been looking for! These products are chemical and sulphate-free, low lathering, nutritive and completely plant-based. They have an all-natural scent, and I'm in love with every product in their line! These products are a must-have if you're looking to save some money and stretch your time between salon visits.

I hope these hair tips will inspire you to make some affordable changes to your beauty routine! And remember to always find acceptance within and be accepting of others.

Watch: How to make a quick homemade hair mask

Is your hair dry and lifeless? Wander over to the kitchen and concoct a remedy.

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