I have to attend a big family wedding in a month and it’s starting to add up. If this had been 3 years ago, I would’ve whipped out my credit card and started the list of salon services I need done before the big day. If you have a fancy event coming up, or just enjoy pampering without the high price tag…read on!
This is a list of services I would typically get done before a big event, with average amounts, including tips:
- Facial $80
- Massage $60
- Hair cut$50
- Manicure $20
- Makeup $50
- 1 avocado $1.50
- 1 Vitamin E softgel $.07/each capsule
- 1 T honey $.05
- dash of cayenne $.01
Apply thick coat all over face and neck and leave on for 20-30 minutes. Rinse with damp cloth.
The benefits of a massage are endless. Besides helping you relax, the blood circulation brings much needed oxygen to your skin tissue. My face always seems to glow after a massage. But, massages start at $50, not conducive to relaxation!
My frugal alternative is to head to the local mall and use their vending massage chairs. Have you seen these? Vending massage chairs are found inside malls and usually are in groups of 2-4.
The massage has three motions: rolling, kneading and S pattern. They are considered vending machines because they accept bills right at the chair, no appointment necessary! It accepts $1, $5, $10 and $20 bills and charges $1 for each three minutes of use. Sure, it’s in the mall, yes there’s noise everywhere, just take your iPod and close your eyes!
Hair Cut and Color
I’m headed to beauty school! No, not as a student, but as an exam. Beauty schools are known for having very inexpensive beauty treatments. The service is always checked by a supervisor (teacher) and the cost can’t be beat!
If you are feeling extra frugal (and who isn’t?) try this: check craigslist.org under the services section and look for haircut or hairdresser. I’ve found beauty school hairdressers advertising FREE haircuts and color at their school in exchange for responding to a short survey after the service. These students are usually very close to graduating and just need extra hours to complete their degree. Just make sure the school is near you!
Check your individual school policy for tip acceptance, most do allow and appreciate it.
Salon Hair-Cut: $50
Beauty School: $5
French manicures were my favorite indulgence years ago. I like my nails to look cleaned, prepped and pretty. This frugal alternative will take some practice but with the money you save you can afford to teach yourself!
There are so many great manicure kits to be found in drugstores. I like Sally Hansen, it comes with 2-3 colors with instructions. They also frequently go on sale and come with coupons, so I don’t end up spending more then $5, usually less.
Over the years I’ve learned to do my makeup myself but not without learning from the experts! Makeup counters across the country offer FREE makeup application in exchange for learning about their products. There is no obligation to purchase anything and tips are not only discouraged, but prohibited.
Approach you favorite makeup counter and ask what complimentary services they offer. Clinique is great for foundation, Sephora will do half face by a professional, and then help you do the other half yourself..great learning experience!
Since I love dramatic eyes and it’s still the one thing hard for me, I’m heading to MAC.
The one I go to will do a free “one feature” trial, which means I can pick one feature on my face to try out, for me it’s the eyes!
Bottom line: If I picked the salon for all the services, my bill would come out to a whopping $260. My frugal alternative is $12.63, that’s a 95% savings!