Keeping ourselves fresh and beautiful can get mucho expensive when you’re a girl on a budget. Luckily, there are easy adjustments you can make to your regimen that will save you precious pennies without sacrificing your style. Here are 10 easy ways to save on beauty.
Dye your own roots!
Dying your own roots is much cheaper then going to a salon for a touch-up. A box of hair dye costs less than $15, whereas a hair salon usually charges more than $50 for a touch-up — coloring your own roots also helps stretch your color between visits. For those of you who have not colored your own hair before, ask a friend to help you to avoid missing sections.
Choose a hairstyle that is easy to maintain
The shorter your hair the more often you will have to get your hair cut, which means you can spend up to twice as much a year on haircuts. However, if you have a hairstyle that is medium to long in length, you can usually stretch your haircuts for two to three months with occasional trims in between visits.
Get trims between visits
Some salons will offer to trim your hair for less than a regular cut between visits. If your salon does not offer that service, go to Great Clips or Cost Cutters for a cheap trim. This will keep your hair looking healthy and keep you from heading back to the salon and paying full price for another styled cut.
Beauty schools are another great alternative for cheaper haircuts and manicures
Although we are often skeptical about being guinea pigs, especially when it comes to our hair, beauty schools charge far less than salons and they are required to have you leave satisfied with your hair cut/color. With the money you saved on your hair, you can get an inexpensive manicure as well.
Buy in bulk
Lay off department store brands
We all have certain products that we swear by and are willing to buy, no matter the cost (well, maybe), but for your other make-up and skin care needs try to find cheaper alternatives at Target or Walgreens. You can find great make-up at drugstores for a fraction of the cost. Mascara at a department store can cost you more than $25 but at a drugstore, you can find mascara for $6.
Buy your nail polish and eye shadow on sale
If your favorite make-up or nail polish goes on sale, buy it! Usually products that are seasonal or trendy are the only ones that go on sale; however, if you receive coupons or see that your favorite staple items are on sale or are in a gift set, you should take advantage of the sale price, even if you stock it away until you need it.
Instead of pedicures, give your feet some extra loving
Pedicures usually cost more than $35 and can be skipped during the winter months if you take better care of your feet. A pumice rock, Sally Hansen Spa Peppermint Foot Crème and your favorite polish color will cost less than $15 and will keep your feet looking great without the expense of hitting the salon.
Buy alcohol free scents
Perfume that contains alcohol usually loses the scent faster than scents containing oil, which causes you to spritz yourself more often and go through your perfume faster. Try to buy scents without alcohol to help extend the use of your perfumes.
Thrift stores are great for finding deals; they are great for purchases that you only plan on wearing once or a couple of times. You can also bring in your old clothes and make a bit of money or trade them for something you find.