How to Stretch Your Beauty Dollar
We show you how to get the most bang for your buck with these penny-pinching beauty hacks
How to Stretch It: Ask your stylist for advice on how to find the right color for in-between visits to the salon. Shaun Surething, lead stylist and co-owner of Seagull Salon in New York City, says that he mixes a custom at-home hair dye for his clients who want to get their hair professionally colored only once or twice a year. "Any reasonable colorist will formulate one for you," he says. Surething recommends this option only for those who need to cover grays and their roots -- not all-over dye jobs. When you do go for color, ask for balayage highlights, ombré or dip dye -- low-maintenance (and trendy) dye jobs that you have to touch up only once or twice a year. If you want all-over highlights, Surething suggests that you ask for them to be placed underneath your part rather than at the top of the crown. That way, you won't sport a telltale line of regrowth after two months.
Total Savings: If you get your hair done every two months, you spend about $420 per year -- and that's just if you get the no-frills, single process. If you cut back to twice-yearly, low-maintenance dye jobs, you'll save about $220 per year.
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