Ways to save....beauty

Just because the economy is slow doesn't mean we have to let ourselves go when it comes to beauty. Sure, you might have to cut back on that weekly mani/pedi or that bi-weekly shampoo and style at the salon, but have you ever considered doing these things at home or finding a cheaper alternative? Here are a few things that I do to save money on beauty.

  • Drugstore hair products work just as good as the salon products. Sally's Beauty Supply sells a budget friendly line called Generic Value Products, which are generic versions of top salon brands such as Paul Mitchell and Matrix, just to name a few, and work just as well as their more expensive counterparts. I myself use GVP's version of BioSilk and Super Skinny Serum, and I love them both.

  • Wanna get that spa experience at home? Check out Spa Index and click on the "spa at home" tab for recipes for facial masks, scrubs, etc.

  • Do your own manicure and pedicure. Tips for doing your own mani/pedi are here. I use inexpensive nail color brands like NYC and Wet 'N Wild if I want a funky, trendy color, but don't want to spend more than a couple of bucks for it.

  • Get your hair done at a cosmetology school. A lot of people are skeptical about letting trainees practice on their hair, and that's understandable, but they are heavily watched by their instructors. If you don't want them to do anything major to your hair like a color or a cut, just go in for a shampoo and set or a trim. My mom used to go to this local cosmetology school to get her hair shampooed and rollerset, and it came out really good. Getting your hair washed and set for $8! What a deal.

  • Check out the drugstores for makeup. Cheap Chica reader LW scopes out the Walgreens and CVS weekly ads for deals on their makeup. Sometimes they have promotions like buy one, get one half off or buy one get one free on certain makeup brands.

What are some of your money saving tips for beauty?

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