Salon Business Booms Despite Tough Economy

Should we still fork over big bucks at the salon?

Nicole Marie Melton Aug, 08, 2011

If you’ve ever managed to find room in your tight budget for a sew-in or a hair cut, you are not alone. In a recent article published by the New York Times, the hair salon industry is booming despite the tough economy.

The number of hairstylists and salons grew by about 8 percent from 2008 to 2009, the same period in which we faced a severe economic downturn. It seems like no matter how dire our financial situation may be, getting our hair done is a top priority.

“I’ll forgo a lot of things, but not my hair,” Rochelle Mills told the New York Times. I have to admit, I feel where this sista is coming from.

Although I agree that being financially responsible trumps expensive salon treatments, I understand that taking care of our hair is just as important as paying bills. Think about it — it’s hard for an employer to take you seriously if your hair is totally unkempt. Also, prolonging touch-ups and trims can cause irreversible damage such as breakage and split ends.

My advice? Find a happy medium that will keep your pockets and your hair happy. I’ve managed to skip a few salon visits by asking my stylist for products and styles I can try on my natural hair at home. If you wear a weave, experiment with high-quality synthetic hair versus high-priced human hair. A friend of mine also gets great deals on salon services at a local beauty school.

What tricks help you save money on maintaining your hair?

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