As a woman, you definitely understand what I mean when I say that beauty doesn’t come cheap. From makeup to manicures to haircuts, maintaining your appearance can really put a dent in your budget.
In a 2013 report, it was found that a woman will spend approximately $15,000 on beauty products in her lifetime. That’s a staggering number considering beauty products and services aren’t something we necessarily need to survive (although I might disagree).
Even so, beauty is fun! Plus, it’s hard not to splurge on it every now and then. If you’re on a tight budget, here are five beauty tips to help you stay beautiful without breaking the bank.
Try It at Home
While I wouldn’t recommend trying to give yourself a haircut (although there are plenty of YouTube video tutorials available), there are plenty of other beauty regimens you can do yourself right from your own home.
For example, instead of spending $20 to $40 on a manicure, you can purchase salon quality products for a fraction of the price and do it yourself.
Additionally, you can make a spa night out of it with your girlfriends. Try out some DIY facial mask recipes, or give each other hair treatments. These are things you can do right from the comfort of your own home — and you won’t have to worry about how much to tip.
Find a Cosmetology School
Professional stylists, with years of experience, can cost an arm and a leg. But looking for someone who’s less experienced can save you a bit of money. If you don’t mind being a guinea-pig-of-sorts, seek out a cosmetology school.
Many schools are often looking for models to learn on, and in exchange offer services at discounted prices. These students are trained, and often have a supervisor looking over their shoulder, so there’s nothing to worry about.
Use a Groupon
Maybe you have a salon or spa that you love and go to religiously, but if you’re on a tight budget, you may have to try out a few other places. Give Groupon a try. They have lots and lots of discounted beauty services to choose from right in your neighborhood.
You may even find one you really like, and that costs less than your regular salon. Just remember to tip accordingly to the regular value, not the Groupon price.
Stick to the Drugstore
If you’ve ever walked into a pricey beauty boutique like Sephora, or down the beauty aisle at a department store, you know that these places can be a huge trap for your wallet. It’s hard to walk away without spending less than $50. When you’re on a tight budget, stick to the drugstore instead.
You can find really great quality beauty products for a fraction of the price. Keep in mind, many high-end and low-end beauty brands are owned by the same company, so at the end of it day it’s the same beauty masterminds formulating these products.
Cut Back on Regular Visits
A weekly manicure or a monthly haircut may work for your routine but not necessarily for your budget. Honestly, you really don’t need to go so often. Cut back on your visits and space them out accordingly, so you can go less but still keep your look fresh.
If you really do need a trim or color in between visits, go to a cheaper salon to get it done, or try to touch up your color by own using a drugstore box that matches your hair color.
Beauty isn’t cheap but that doesn’t mean you have to spend a chunk of your paycheck on it. Use these tips and be more conscious about what you really need and what beauty areas you should splurge on. This will help you save a pretty penny, while looking pretty too.
How do you save money on beauty products, salon visits, and other routines? What’s another tip you use when you have a tight budget?
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