10 Ways To Stretch Out Your Beauty Dollars
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By Lisa Cohen Lee
If you're already anticipating the cash crunch that comes with a year's worth of color, cuts, blowouts and manicures, relax. There are ways to stretch out time between appointments and save your beauty dollars. Check out these ten sneaky tips and tricks from the pros.
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A professional blowout saves you styling time, but getting them regularly can hit your wallet hard. To prolong your blowout, ask your stylist to use a round brush for a bouncy style with weight and texture—a sleek, straight one looks oily when it's not washed. To refresh the style, mist your hair with a flexible hold hairspray—but just a little, since too much attracts dirt, tends to flake and eventually dulls your strands. "Depending on your hair type, you can go a week in between blowouts," says Christopher Fernandez, a stylist at the Nordstrom Blow Bar in Los Angeles.
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Another way to keep that blowout looking great for days? Resist wearing it in a ponytail. "A ponytail causes dents in your hair," says Fernandez. If you must wear it up, he suggests winding it in a messy, loose bun, and securing it with a stretchy wide ribbon tie that will be gentle on your tresses.
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A salon updo doesn't have to be a one-hit wonder. "Ask your stylist to use more bobby pins than product to hold it up," says Mika Fowler, a stylist at Kim Vo Salon in Los Angeles. "When you remove them, your hair will look effortlessly curly the next day." Rub a drop of shine oil into the ends, curl them with an iron and you'll be good to go.
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Unless you're rocking a pixie, you don't need a trim every six weeks. "To extend the time between cuts to three to four months, tell your stylist you want to go at least an inch shorter than usual," says Nunzio Saviano, owner of Nunzio Saviano Salon in New York City.
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"If you want to experiment with a darker color, but don't want the expense of doing a single process every six weeks, try lowlighting. It adds richer tones underneath the hair and you can go months without getting another color treatment," says Frank Barbosa, owner of Frank Antonio Hair in Newport, R.I. "Your roots will stay natural, and it will deepen beautifully over time, giving you a rich ombre look."
Gray Matter7 of 11
For women with gray hairs, it's costly to be married to a single-process color, which needs to be freshened up every six weeks. To save, opt for highlights. "Highlighting gives your hair dimension and lets your natural color shine through. Getting a half head of highlights, at the top and temples, will blend in and won't fade through as quickly. You'll be able to eke out ten weeks between appointments," says Barbosa. For occasional grays that pop up in between, brush on a temporary color marker over roots.
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Want to keep your manicure from chipping after two days? Ask your manicurist to skip the pre-mani soak. "Nails are like sponges and absorb water. When you soak them and apply polish, the water gets trapped inside. Later on, it evaporates, causing your nails to contract and then chip," says Tracylee, Sally Hansen Nail Ambassador. "With a waterless manicure, the polish looks fresh up to two weeks later with normal wear." A pedi doesn't get as much abuse, but chips can happen. Dip toes in the tub of water for no longer than five minutes.
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Color choice can dictate the length between your manicure appointments—chips are less obvious the lighter you go—but the way the manicurist applies the polish helps too. "Extremely thin coats adhere better and longer. I usually do three to get the opacity of the color," says Tracylee. "The thinner surface dries much faster than a thicker one, and is less likely to smudge or chip."
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If pricey facials eat up most of your beauty budget, try a peel. "A light-to-medium peel exfoliates more deeply than a regular facial. You'll see a more obvious difference in your skin," says esthetician Renee Rouleau. The peel doesn't stop working after you leave the spa either. Days later, it sheds even more superficial dead skin cells, giving you a brighter and more radiant complexion. Since the new layer of skin is smooth and clear for at least a month, you'll be less likely to need a repeat or a facial so soon.
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To maximize the benefits of a facial, book your appointment at the end of the day and then go straight home. "It's the best time because the esthetician spends almost an hour cleaning your face and applying products. They need time to be absorbed, so covering it up with makeup will really just negate the whole treatment," says Cecilia Wong, founder of Cecilia Wong Skincare. Plan your workout before your treatment too, since sweating creates bacteria and clogged pores.
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