We know that some of the best and most recommended products out there have pretty hefty price tags. We also know that most people don’t have unlimited beauty budgets. However, we know a thing or two about how to stretch a budget as far as it will go and save money on expensive products by being strategic. Instead of holding out on buying that pricey product, here’s how to get the most out of expensive hair products. Because hey, sometimes they’re worth it!
1. Create High-Low Product Combinations
Start by figuring out which products are most important to you and your hair routine, then pair your important product with a less expensive product. For example, if you have thin hair, you might like to splurge on a shampoo that thoroughly cleanses your hair without weighing it down or drying it out. Go ahead! But then to save money, pair it with a cost-conscious conditioner. Alternatively, if you have curly hair, you might consider investing in a pricey conditioner to keep your locks smooth and frizz-free, and then save money when it comes to shampoo. Or, if you love your Oribe Texturizing Spray (because, um, who doesn’t), save your hard-earned cash by opting for a trusty drugstore dry shampoo.
2. Use Less
This tip is a no-brainer, but it’s so easy to get carried away when you really love a product. Make a point to use only as much as is suggested on the bottle and limit yourself to only using it when you know it’s going to make a big difference in your style for that day. For example, don’t waste your favorite dry shampoo just to drive home from the gym and wash it out anyway!
3. Buy More
It seems counterintuitive, but steer clear of those money-sucking travel sizes and minis. They seem cheaper, but they are always more expensive when you consider the dollar per ounce. If you need TSA-friendly-sized products, purchase reusable, refillable containers instead.
4. Cleanse Thoughtfully
Even a $60 dollar volume spray won’t add root lift if your hair is too weighed down by product buildup. Do yourself a favor and add a cleansing shampoo to your routine. A clean slate means less of your expensive products will be needed. If you want to save a few dollars here, pick up some apple cider vinegar at the grocery store and mix it with two parts water for an easy, at-home DIY clarifying wash.
5. Shop Smart
Not every expensive product is worth what it says on the price tag. Before spending the big bucks, get samples, read reviews, and follow your fave stylists to see what they recommend. Even top celebrity hairstylists’ kits don’t include all luxury brands. Do your research to know which expensive hair products are worth purchasing.