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Pinching pennies

January 8, 2014
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It's always exciting to welcome in another year, to reflect upon the past and look forward to the future. But a new year can also bring stress - the stress of money being tight after all we spent on Christmas, entertainment, house emergencies (that always happen around the holidays) and heating costs. Then we all sit around stressing out about how we are going to pay for it and where we have to budget and cut things out for a while. I am right there along with all of you. But there is one place you don't have to cut entirely - nor should you - and that is your hair. 

Your hair makes a difference in how you approach your daily life. I see it every day behind the chair. It is the reason I love my job so much. Something that can be so simple to me can make a huge difference in someone's life and how they feel about themselves. Your hair is your public business card to the world, and you should keep it looking its best at all times. 

But this doesn't mean it has to cost an arm and a leg. Don't cancel your next appointment - just adjust things a bit. How? Be up front with your stylist and let them know you are on a budget. Cancelling your appointment altogether could end up costing more in the end. If you wait too long and then come back, your color may be in a 'corrective' color stage, and that is more expensive to you and takes more time. You could just touch up the root area only, skip the foils or just add a few, pass on the hair cut with a color, add a semi-permanent glaze (to blend and refresh) or just get a bang trim. These are just a few of the options you have to get by while still looking and feeling your best. 

A way to make a big change in your look on a budget is to get bangs. Not only are bangs and face framing fringe totally on trend right now, it is a quick and easy way to really change up your look. Opt for a semi-permanent color to just freshen up you look, blend away gray and add shine and hydration along with a bang trim and you are looking fab for another month for under $40. Most stylists offer specials during this time of year as well to adjust to the slowdown many of us face through January. Take advantage of them while you can. Adding just a few foils in your part and around your hairline can really make a big change, and this too keeps it under $40. 

Don't panic and cancel your appointment. Instead just change it up a bit. Be up front with your stylist, and your hair and your mood will thank you. 

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