Can’t Afford the Salon? Try These Handy Tips That Make Your Hair Look Professionally Styled

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Make Your Hair Look Professionally Styled

It’s important that you visit your salon regularly, and let us assure you of this – it’s possible on even the tightest of budgets. Read more to find out how to make your hair look professionally styled.

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Save Money at the Salon

We can fully understand if you find it hard to splurge money to visit a salon for a new hairstyle. There are always lots of essential things for you to spend money on rather than a new hairstyle, such as children, mortgage, health care and automobile costs, just to name a few. There are still ways to get what you need, however:

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1. Get Discounted Hairstyles from Training Institutions

You can get heavily discounted hairstyles from training institutions where usually young people are learning the trade. It’s actually a really good idea to try this out! First of all, they are under full supervision, and secondly, you are giving them the opportunity to practice.

Just try not to ask for anything too elaborate, such as the best shoulder length hairstyles for women, and of course, it’s understandable that you can’t expect something too specific or niche. You will in most cases receive a plain but evenly cut hairstyle that has been checked and even adjusted by a fully qualified teacher.

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2. Seek Out Salons Solely for Haircuts

Only get a haircut done. Steer away from colour or chemical use because this is usually expensive in salons and in most cases require up keeping or continued use and expense.

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3.  Buy a Haircut Package

A good haircut will hold its shape longer as it grows out. Call the salons in your area, ask them about the best shoulder length hairstyles for women, and see what their prices are. Most salons will have an inclusive price for a haircut, which includes shampoo and a blow-dry.

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It’s a good idea to get the whole package as shampoo will give your stylist a better look at your hair with its natural growth patterns resulting in a better haircut. A blow-dry at the finish will also show you how to style your new cut at home as well as give your hairstylist the opportunity to make sure the weight and shape is just right. 

The Hairstyle Channel Tip: Do your homework – call salons and check their prices for haircuts only.

You Don’t Need an Upmarket Salon – For Professionally Styled Hair Look

While it’s true that a great hairstylist can usually be found in upmarket hair salons, good ones can be found in regular salons too. The irony here is some of the not-so-good stylists work in upmarket salons while a few of the best ones work in your average family salon. Why? Well, it’s all to do with image and the created perception, unfortunately, which they successfully create by talking just right to the right customers.

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So the good news here is that you don’t necessarily need to go to an upmarket salon to get a good hairstyle. There are lots of great hairstylists working in everyday salons across the world. They could be the salon owner or the apprentice who could very well be the up-and-coming star hairstylist of the future. Everyone has a beginning, don’t they?

While upmarket salons will generally have great hairstylists working in them, they obviously will have to charge you more for services in order to pay these hairstylists more money to keep them. Also, they are generally in high profile areas of the town where the running costs, such as rent, in particular, are much higher. Hence the higher prices for hair services.

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It’s a myth that unless you go to a high-end salon and burn a hole in your pocket you can’t possibly receive a good hairstyle such as a fade hair cut for men.

The Hair Style Channel Tip: You don’t need an up-market hair salon to get your new hairstyle. What you need to find is a salon and a hairstylist that will provide you with excellent hairstyling, personal attention, and professional service. Don’t worry, this is absolutely possible.

Make It Affordable to Visit the Salon Regularly

To begin with, it’s most important that you have a haircut on a regular basis. There are reasons for this and they include the following:

  • You need to maintain a good hairstyle shape.
  • You need to cut off and seal any split ends or damaged hair that could travel down the hair shaft resulting in more damage and the eventual need to go short!
  • A regular haircut is necessary to eliminate weight and encourage natural growth patterns or waves/curls.
  • It’s important to allow your hairstylist the opportunity of understanding and then perfecting your style.

Now, the things to try and avoid that will minimise the cost for you going to a salon on a regular basis include:

1.  Don’t Get Permanent Colours Done

Using chemicals that have a permanent lasting effect, such as uniform permanent colour that is 2 shades or lighter or darker. When your hair grows, it will naturally grow back to its original colour, known as your virgin colour with an obvious difference. This will require touch-ups or colour reversal, resulting in more associated costs.

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2.  Avoid Specific Haircutting Techniques

Avoiding hairstyles that require certain cutting techniques, such as razor cutting or thinning the hair out with shears. These types of cuts can grow out terribly if left for long periods, and even in some cases, this can lead to damaged hair at places where it is exposed.

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When you sum it up, realistically you should be looking at having (depending on your hair growth speed and hairstyle type) around 6-10 haircuts per year. So, when you add it all together over 365 days, it doesn’t really amount to much!

The Hair Style Channel Tip: Shop around for prices but then try and stick to one hairstylist. 6-10 hair cuts over the entire year is a good guideline to follow and should keep the cost down.

Regular professional hairstyling is important as it will allow your hairstylist to:

  • Develop a relationship with you where they, in time, will have a better understanding of your hair type and your preferences.
  • Understand your hair growth patterns and see how they settle into a new style.
  • Understand your lifestyle and time restraints.
  • Monitor your home styling ability and general maintenance habits.

Additionally, regular professional hairstyling allows you to:

  • Always look your best and feel great.
  • Plan a new hairstyle in stages that could include going short slowly or growing your hair out longer.
  • Have some time assigned for your self-care and some “me-time”!

In Hindsight

Please note that we do not recommend any hairstyling whatsoever from anyone other than a fully qualified professional hairstylist for a fade hair cut for men or any other cut for women. Otherwise, we have observed in a lot of the cases where some friend or family member took the charge of styling a client’s hair, the damage done was irreversible and the hair needed to be all cut off for them to start over.

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You just need to take care of the basics and follow our tips, and you will be sorted for the most part.


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This answer depends on your lifestyle, hairs length, and hair type.

For example, if you live a sporty lifestyle you will need to shampoo your hair every single day and so will need to consider a hairstyle and home haircare regime that will help facilitate this.

On the other hand, if you work inside out of the elements, have normal to dry hair and scalp on short hair, you should only be shampooing it 2-3 times per week.

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There was a time not so long ago that every young lady (sorry guys no disrespect) was told to brush their hair 100 times in the morning and another 100 times at night with a good natural bristle brush.

This was very important for long hair types as it ensured that

  • Any knots or tangles where brushed out
  • That sebum from the scalp was distributed to the mid length and ends, protecting the hair with natural oils.
  • The brushing on the scalp created good circulation to the follicle to help with better hair growth.

The art of brushing hair was sadly lost back in the eighties and nineties when perms and brushing were not a good match.

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It is a good idea to get your hair trimmed by your hairdresser every 4-6 weeks.

Regular trims ensure that;

  • The shape of your haircut will be maintained easily
  • Any damaged or split ends can be cut off, visit by visit so that they don’t creep further up the hair shaft.
  • You will be able to style your hair far more easily
  • It’s an opportunity to treat yourself on a more regular basis.
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The short answer is NO. The longer answer is no don’t razor cut wavy or curly hair unless you are wanting it to frizz, look wiry, like it has split ends. The reason is that razor cutting slices hair on an angle, and also removes only some (not all) of the hair, and when hair is wavy or curly and razor cut, the shorter pieces with less weight spring up between longer pieces making a bushy, frizzy effect.

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The thing about bangs is most people have tried them at least once in their lifetime and have either had a great experience or a really bad one.

What’s important to remember about bangs is that they do have an effect on hairstyles and other important elements such as;

  • Straight across bangs halve the vertical length in a person face shape, thus they suit people with oblong, diamond, or narrow face types.
  • Curtain bangs with a middle part actually add length to face shapes, suiting round and wide faces best.
  • Side swept angled bangs are great on angular face shape such as square and broader jawbones.
  • Straight across bangs draw attention to the eyes.
  • Bangs are an easy way to do something different without having a complete full makeover.
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There a number of ways to make straight hair change to curly or wavy, however they can be grouped into two categories.

  1. Non-Permanent, using thermal appliances such as hot irons, curling tongs, hot rollers, or curling the hair when it’s wet on round shapes (rollers overnight) will change the texture of hair when it dries. These new curls on your once straight hair will only last until moisture gets inside your hair shaft and is why you are told to stay away from humidity when you have your hair curled. The change in your straight hair to curls is on the Hydrogen bonds only (outside) and so not permanent.
  2. Permanent, using chemicals that go into your hair and rearrange the sulphur bonds, known as perming. Straight hair is stretched and moulded around a roller, chemically altered, and then set in place in new formations or curves, round shapes that we know as curls. This can be made straight again by using chemicals to drag the hair straight again, however moisture or simply washing your hair will not make permed curly hair straight on its own.
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There is no right or wrong answer here, fine hair can look amazing short with stylish one length looks and bangs, but it can also look great when it’s straight and all the one length, precision cut. Wavy and curly fine hair types can also look great short or long.

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Layer cuts on curly hair are great at defining curls, allowing movement and bounce from eliminating weight. Layering curly hair is definitely good, and all about adding shape to create a hairstyle that will suit the individual.

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The answer to this often-asked question is that

  • Long curly hair tends to behave better due to how gravity weighs it down, making it tame and looking amazing, however it does take more work to keep it healthy and looking great
  • Short curly hair can look incredible when the right haircut has been created on the right face shape, personality, and that considers a person’s lifestyle factors. Short curly hair is also easy to style and maintain.
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Curly hair comes in 3 ranges that include

  1. Loose curls
  2. Tight curls
  3. Coily curls
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Straight hair can be cut in many ways, using a variety of haircutting techniques such as blunt cutting, sliced edges, chipping, razor cutting, layering, tapering, and much more, all on short, medium, and long hair lengths.

Straight hair is easy to work with, but consideration must be given to how it falls naturally, working with the amount of hair, all against a person face shape, lifestyle, and personality

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If you have fine hair you should avoid some of the following things:

  • Using shampoos and conditioners that have too much moisture in them as this will make your fine hair flat and dull.
  • Don’t overuse hair color and chemicals as this will damage your hair
  • Only use heat styling aids occasionally on your fine hair otherwise this will lead to damage.
  • If you have straight fine hair, avoid getting layers particularly if your hair is medium or long.
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There are many hairstyles that work perfectly for fine hair types, making the hair looker thicker, more solid, even without any body and these include:

  • Short Precision Bob Cuts
  • Wedge Cuts, or Pixie Bobs as they are also known.
  • Angled Bobs
  • Geometric Bobs
  • Bob Cuts with bangs
  • Mid length bangs
  • Blunt cuts
  • Deep side part
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Getting the best haircut for coarse hair depends on the texture and condition of the hair. Further to this, the best haircut for coarse hair also depends on a person’s face shape, personality, lifestyle, and other important factors.

The best haircut for coarse hair is one that helps keep it in shape without too much work or effort.

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Great haircuts for straight coarse hair include some of the following

  • Short crops
  • Pixie cuts
  • Layer Cuts
  • Razor cut Shags
  • Graduated Bobs
  • Layered Lobs
  • Classic long stacked layer cuts
  • Choppy cuts
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The best haircuts for coarse wavy hair vary depending on the length of the hair, and some of these include;

  • Short Crops
  • Short Pixie cuts
  • Short layer cuts
  • Medium Lobs and Shags (avoid razor cutting)
  • Medium layered Bobs
  • Long layered hairstyles
  • Wavy Curtain Bangs
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Curly hair that is coarse needs to be carefully cut all starting with a plan based around the type of curl, length of the hair, and then a person’s face shape, lifestyle, home hair care options, and available time.

Some great haircuts for curly hair include

  • Short shaped afros
  • Short layer cuts
  • Undercuts
  • Medium layered Bobs
  • Layered Lobs
  • Long layer cuts
  • Curly curtain bangs
  • Side swept bangs
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Naturally coarse wiry hair is what many people are born with unless you have damaged your hair from overusing chemicals, heat appliances, or the environment.

The hair can feel dry because of how the cuticle sticks out at 45 degree angles, and also because of this, it is easy for coarse curly hair to actually dry out.

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Yes, if you don’t cut off, remove the split ends they will travel up the hair shaft and cause more damage due to how the inside layer (the cortex) is exposed to all elements and the sun. Cutting split ends seals the hair, and is actually the best way to get longer hair because as it grows it won’t break off.

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many miracle treatments are on the market that claim to have properties that will seal your split ends, however I am here to tell you that they are of a cosmetic nature only, filling the hair with silicones mostly to make it look and feel better. While some of these products will indeed help protect the hair from the elements, the split end needs to be amputated, cut off and removed as the best cause of action.