A simple way to save money each year is to trim your own hair. It’s actually very easy! Hair grows at a rate of about a half-inch per month and should be trimmed every 6-8 weeks depending on the growth and health of the hair. Trims should remove about a quarter of an inch of hair if the hair is being trimmed regularly. I have been trying to grow out my hair, so I avoid cutting it, but find it necessary to trim it every few weeks to remove the split ends and even the style out. If you are looking for a major cut or style change, I would suggest seeking the care of a salon specialist (perhaps you can save money by finding a friend who knows how to properly cut and style hair, or you can attempt to be more adventurous and try it out yourself). If you do decide to trim or cut your own hair, be sure to purchase a set of salon scissors; regular scissors can actually damage the hair. I found a pair of hair shears at Sally’s Beauty Supply for about $10. The average hair trim/cut costs about $20-$40, so the scissors have already more than paid for themselves. If you trim your hair every 6-8 weeks and switch to doing it yourself, you can save around $140-$280 each year. It may not sound like much, but can add up over a lifetime. It also removes the hassle of trying to fit an appointment into your schedule.
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