Saturday, 22 June 2013

Half price hair restyle for any friend of mine in Bristol or Bath!

When it comes to hairdressers I'm afraid I'm not all that loyal. I do have some local favourites that I go back to, but I'm prepared to chop and change hairdressers (if not hairstyles). We've all got thick hair in this family and could end up paying a small fortune to keep us regularly shorn. So how do we keep the costs down?


  • Grow long hair so it needs less cutting. That works for Daughter, but not the rest of us.
  • Grow older so that your hair thins and there's less of it to need cutting! That seems to work for Husband, but not the rest of us (the thinning hair that is; none of us can avoid getting older!)
  • Acquire some clippers. Husband hasn't set foot in a hairdressers for as long as I can remember, 1995 at least, and cuts his own hair successfully with clippers. As long as there is somebody around to check for straggly bits this works well for him. I reckon it would work for me too but I'm not brave enough to give it a go! Maybe when I'm retired and less in the public eye. Son has been clippered by Husband a few times but as he hates having his hair cut these days he won't let the clippers anywhere near him.
  • Make good friends with a hairdresser. We have an ex-hairdresser friend who has cut Daughter's hair, but we don't like to prevail upon her too much.
  • Trust someone in your family to cut your hair. My brother cuts his son's hair (and Frugal Girl recently blogged about cutting her daughter's hair). Although he calls himself David's Salon, after the largest chain of hairdressers in the Philippines and I've no doubt that my little brother shares the David's Salon ethos of "flawless service and impeccable style at great value", I'm not prepared to let him loose on my barnet yet.
  • Find a hairdresser out of the town centre. In our town the salon that is a mile out of town is half the price of the high street salons and just as good.
  • See if the local college has a salon staffed by students resulting in cheaper prices. In the olden days when we lived in the city, I made use of the City of Bristol College's budding hairdressers. The disadvantage is that it took a loooooong time as the students tended to be slower than more experienced hairdressers, and they needed to get feedback from a tutor before you could be set free. Not very practical for me now, when I often have two kids in tow.
  • One of our local hair salons offers 25% off haircuts with their novice hairdressers. Ditto the above point. Son was abandoned at school last year when I tried this option and went for what I thought would be a 'quick trim'. One and a half hours later at 3pm I was still there. (Imagine the headline, "Vain mother neglects 9 year old son in the name of hair and beauty!" Fortunately it didn't make the Wiltshire Gazette and Herald - the school phoned home and Daughter came to his rescue)


    I'm not known for my elegant coiffure really...
    You can tell I spent ages trying 
    to achieve that 'messy' look
    Groupon haircut tries to 
    look sophisticated
    and unmessy for the blog














This brings me to my last money saving tip for haircuts: Groupon deals. My last two haircuts have been Groupon offers with hairdressers in Bath. They were £14.50 and £9.50 and should have been £39 and £29 respectively. Both hairdressers were very pleasant and made a good job of my hair. However I did feel vaguely exploitative and that I ought really to go back another time. Especially with the first hairdresser, Ana Horta, who has not long set up her business and works alone. She explained that she only sees half the money from the Groupon deal and none at all if somebody buys the Groupon offer but never turns up to redeem it. As with all Groupons it really is a loss leader to encourage new custom. 

My second Groupon hairdresser was Barber Brown's who have a salon in Bath and a couple in Bristol (Bedminster and Broadmead). Although my kids were very suspicious, despite the name, Barber Brown's is a unisex hairdresser. 

The decor is colourful in their salons and I loved it. None of my local hairdressers have a huge Ganesh on the wall. I particularly enjoyed being asked if I always wore my hair 'messy'. Although I can't say that 'messy' had ever been intentional on my part, it is now that I know my style has an official name!



If you are local to Bristol or Bath and would like to have the Barber Brown's experience, I have a 50% off Restyle, Cut and Blowdry voucher for 'a friend'. Just leave a comment on this blog post by Wednesday 26 June, 7pm BST. If there's more than one 'friend' I'll draw names out of a hat.

Have you got any more frugal hair cut tips to share? 
Any opinions on Groupon?

15 comments:

  1. I did the make friends with a hairdresser. She works out of her house a couple days a week with her own shop set up. She says to pay her whatever I want, so I pay less than a commercial shop, but try not to be too cheap.

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  2. Sarah, your hair looks really cute!

    I have thick and naturally curly/wavy hair, so I can get away with cutting my own several times per year. The style is simple, no layers, but angled bangs in front. The Frugal Girl recommended special hair cutting scissors. I just use a small pair of regular scissors that came in a set. But I reserve these scissors for hair only (using them on anything else will dull the blades and I'll need a new pair).

    My husband will trim up the back when needed. I get the style redone about 3 times per year, with a coupon to an inexpensive chain place. I know where this chain (Great Clips) tends to place their coupons (a local circular), so I just keep my eye out for those.

    My husband does his own with some clippers, too. I did my sons all through school and university. When he got a "real" job, I retired, and he found an inexpensive barber nearby. It was always a bit stressful doing his hair, as I really didn't know what I was doing, but it turned out okay. As it turns out, thick and slightly wavy hair can conceal a lot of mistakes.

    My girls both hair uber-long hair, and I trim up the ends a few times per year. One daughter wears bangs, and I taught her how to trim her own bangs, so I'm off the hook there. And I encourage them to trim each others' ends as much as possible.

    My son's ex-girlfriend is a stylist, but unfortunately no discounts with her.

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    1. I hacked at my own fringe and the kids' hair too when they were younger but I was never very good with fringes (only doing wonky ones) and I wouldn't be very confident at keeping Daughter's ends even. Apart from hubby we've all got dead straight hair so uneven edges show (as I know from experience!)

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  3. I used to be roommates with a hairdresser who would cut my hair all the time for free. Ah, the good ole days. Now, I just keep my hair long and cut it myself. Sometimes I have my daughter cut the back of my hair so it is straight. I've messed up and had a bit of lopsided angles cut into my hair before. Good thing I don't care too much about what others think!

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    1. Another DIY hairdresser! I'm feeling a bit of a hair cutting wimp!

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  4. My hair is very fine and only gets cut when I cant stand it any longer (usually once every 6 months or so!) I go to a Barbers (they have been in the shop since the early 1900's - tho not with the same staff obvioulsy!) just out of Sheffield City centre. The shop hasnt been modernised since the 70's, but they give good haircut and OH and I can get ours done at the same time for less than £20 for the both of us. Bargin!

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    1. That's great! The cheapest haircut I can get locally is £9.50 and that's the out of town, not so fashionable looking salon. I don't think they've been there as long as your barbers though!

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  5. I loved your humor in this post, seeing your hair I wouldn't try the clippers just yet��. I like your style. I wore my hair shorter than yours for about 3 years but got tired of constantly having to trim it do I'm letting it grow out right now.

    I used to be a hairdresser, but I've been cutting my own hair since I was 9. Yes it started as rebellion at being told I could never cut my hair but once I realized it didn't look too bad for a first attempt I've been doing it ever since. I still cut family and friends.

    My eldest son decided to go to a barber, who gives discounts to military and state workers so his cut costs only $6.

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    1. I'd have mine longer but it's so thick, I prefer it short. I'm impressed at all these people who cut their own hair, even ex-hairdressers like you!

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  6. Gosh... I haven't been to an actual hairdresser in over 20 years. I sorta swore off modern hair years ago. Now I just have long hair that's all one length and I trim the ends myself when they get unruly. It's just SOOOOO much easier this way!

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    1. Wow, another DIYer! Even if I had hair all one length, it's so thick it'd be a job to sort the ends out. This is one area where I'm prepared to shell out, though as someone who has to wear a woolly hat in the mornings to get her hair to sit down, I'm not that bothered about modern hair either!! Short and not too wild will do me fine.

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  7. My mom cut my hair for years and years (she's not a hairdresser, but did a good job). My DH and son use clippers and my DD keeps hers long, so doesn't need cutting too often. Since my mom is aging now and a bit shaky in the hands, I use her hairdresser now, but she only charges $12 :)

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    1. I'm not too hot on the exact exchange rate but $12 dollars sounds pretty cood to me!

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  8. I have started cutting my own hair this year - partly to save money and partly because I hat going to the hairdresser. I have wavy layered hair, which I usually wear in a ponytail so I figured I couldn't screw it up too much! It's turned out quite well, but I wouldn't risk it with short hair like yours.

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