{ORGANISING YOU} Visiting the hairdresser, I needed it!

by Katrina - The Organised Housewife

When I started the “Organising You” month I read via the comments that many of you don’t regularly visit the hairdresser.  One courageous reader admitting she hasn’t been to a hairdresser for over year and was well and truly in need, which I am sure so many of you are feeling the same.  

Whenever I walk out of the hairdresser I feel like one of the girls in the Sunsilk commercials, hair so soft and beautiful I can’t help but swing it from side to side.  I visited the hairdresser on Monday, 3 1/2 hours later (let’s not talk about that), but it boosted my mood, I have been rushing around the last week or so, it’s something I definitely needed, to stay still for 3 hours (hmm, 2 would of been perfectly fine, but the head massage made up for it all).   

Understandably having kids and the expense are perfect reasons why not to visit the hairdresser, but you still can work around these and treat yourself to some pampering.  I know you will feel great afterwards!

Too expensive

  • call or visit the hairdresser before you book an appointment ask for a quote, do not feel obliged.  Ring around if you need.
  • see if they have a customer loyalty program, bonus if the whole family is on the one card
  • tell them at the beginning of the appointment you don’t want a blow wave this will reduce a lot off the end total, in my case saved me $40. 
  • have a hairstyle that will look good any length so you don’t have to return as often (eg. every 6 weeks)
  • if you like the one colour all over consider colouring your hair at home (purchased from supermarket), then just getting a cut from the hairdresser
  • if you colour your hair try to choose a colour close to your natural colour so your roots don’t show as much.
  • mobile hairdressers are cheaper
I have a baby
  • If you have family that can look after bub, you’re in luck, great bonus you can book them in to babysit and visit alone
  • When my youngest was a bub the hairdressers used to cuddle and look after her while I was getting my hair cut, which was helpful
  • when booking in let them know you will be bringing bub so they can set aside a seat that will allow your pram to sit next to you (hopefully, if all goes to plan)
  • book your appointment around baby’s nap time, so she/he can be sleeping next to you 
  • make the appointment when hubby is home to look after the kids, Thursday night or weekends
I have a toddler
  • As above, leave the kids with family or hubby
  • Take a coTouring in book with pencils
  • iPod/iPad/Nintendo DS to keep them occupied
  • Portable DVD Player with movie
  • Pack food for them to nibble
  • Read a book while they sit on your lap
tip – always take a picture of the hairstyle you would like before visiting.  Pinterest is wonderful for inspiration, I have started a board of hairstyles I like here.

When was the last time you visited the hairdresser, what is stopping you?

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Helen Al Hariri on Facebook February 8, 2012 - 5:49 AM

Yep I have all those issues, but when I get there (every 6 months or so) if feels great!!!!

Amy Barber on Facebook February 8, 2012 - 5:50 AM

Hey kat…another cheap alternative… Ur local Tafe! At my local tafe haircuts r free! I got a whole head of foils for under $40 for short/medium hair! Yeah ok..not entirely happy with my haircut..but that was my fault as wasn’t descriptive enough! They r young keen new hairdressers..they need the practice to learning the skills! For a price like that…I’m happy to b a guinea pig! Last time I went to the hairdressers in a salon…it cost me almost $150 for cut & 1/2 head foils! Thats almost 4 trips a year to the tafe hairdresser for the same price!!!

Cherie Humphries on Facebook February 8, 2012 - 5:56 AM

I pay $90 for colour, foils and style cut hairdresser works from home so she doesn’t have to put her little boy into care. Love it I try and go every 6-8 weeks

Kylie McDowell on Facebook February 8, 2012 - 6:17 AM

My biggest thing, apart from now having two babies, is finding a hairdresser I like. I’m fussy when it comes to who cuts my hair because I’ve had so many teeny boppers who don’t listen. It’s been about 5 weeks since my last haircut, when my mil was here, before that was 6 months and before that was over a year.

Lisa McCallum on Facebook February 8, 2012 - 6:47 AM

Going tomorrow…..first time in about 6 months lol…..I to struggle to fibd a decent one. Last time I went I wanted a chance so sat down and said go for it do what you want…..she turned around and said oh I think ill just do the same WTF I would have thought that was a dream for a hairdresser!!!!

Lisa McCallum on Facebook February 8, 2012 - 6:48 AM

*find….change bloody swipe text

Linda Smith-fisher on Facebook February 8, 2012 - 6:48 AM

I go every 6to 8weeks and i find the money to do it as it always makes me feel great and i have an awsome hairdresser that works from home $90:-)):-))

Lisamareemccann February 8, 2012 - 7:01 AM

ooh Kat lovely! just want to share that i used a ‘just cuts’ at home colour (they sell them now!) and it was so much nicer than a supermarket hair colour AND CHEAPER!! They are actual hairdressing ones so not as damaging to your hair and a nicer colour 🙂

Lesaboys February 8, 2012 - 7:49 AM

I have my hair colour and foils done at the hairdresser every second time and then colout at home in between. This means the full colour goes over the foils but you still get variation in the colour. Saves money and time.

Sarah Everingham on Facebook February 8, 2012 - 8:07 AM

I’m one of those who never go to the hairdresser. I haven’t been to the hairdresser for myself in about 6 years.

Triple Tee on Facebook February 8, 2012 - 8:10 AM

I was a hair model yesterday, got my hair colored for free and came home with a bag of products also for free. It’s been years since I had my hair colored it was 90 per cent grey. I feel fantastic now.

Louise Walmsley Hickey on Facebook February 8, 2012 - 8:26 AM

Good on you!

Karen Anton on Facebook February 8, 2012 - 8:49 AM

LOL – I’m actually off to the hairdressers today. I’m sooo bloody grey that it’s depressing so I regularly visit the hairdressers for a “boost”. I use the time to write lists, letters and emails and sometimes I say to hell with the work and just sit and read a novel. My hairdresser has an arrangement where she rings through coffee orders to the nearby cafe and they deliver to us – love my “salon pampering” !

Harriet Archer February 8, 2012 - 9:17 AM

That was me up until a couple of years ago… I would look at my hair, decide that I needed a hair cut and/or colour… by the time I’d get around to booking it in and actually GOING, at least another month would have flown past and my hair would look shocking. The Bloke would just get his cut at one of those Just Cuts places, and I would book the kids in whenever they looked a bit like they’d been sleeping in a hedge.

I cracked it one day, booked ALL of us in for a cut (and me for a colour) and we book the next two appointments while we are there – cuts every 8 weeks, I get foils every second cut (chemically enhanced natural blonde = minimal visible undergrowth, and no need to recolour in between). That way, the other adult amuses the kids (or we take in turns playing Angry Birds, lol); we ALL look tidy AND I get regular hair cuts.

(Which reminds me… I need to call and see when the next one is due!)

Katie Bowles on Facebook February 8, 2012 - 9:45 AM

I havent been to the hair dresser in over a year. would really love to go

Channy February 8, 2012 - 10:15 AM

I make an appointment and go every 7- 8 weeks – nothing gets in the way of my hair appointment. I need those two hours to sit and relax!! I go to a lady who does it from home- she is fantastic and I save around $100 on salon pricing.

Kylie February 8, 2012 - 10:17 AM

Up until last Thursday, it had been over 15 months since I had my hair-cut. But now that the baby is a little older (14 months now), the 2 big kids are back at school, I was able to find time to just walk into a salon while I was out doing other shopping and just get it done. I think when you find it hard to make appt times with school, sport and hubby’s unpredictable work hours (nights, weekends & away trips at short notice), the trick is to head straight to the salon after dropping kids at school and being there when they open the doors, chances are they don’t have too many apppointments booked for that time and can fit you in.

cath February 8, 2012 - 10:19 AM

I have a fantastic hairdresser who I have used for over 20 years. He used to run two salons but now does mobile hairdressing. He comes to my house (morning, afternoon or even in the evening on any day)and does my hair. In the old days we would get the ‘girls’ together for lunch and champagne and make a day of it but now I am just happy that I can leave my 2 year old asleep while getting my hair done. If she wakes I can take time out to get her a drink, food, toys and then go back to getting my hair done knowing she is in a baby safe environment. I can even check on dinner cooking in the oven or stir something on the stove top and get my hair done at the same time. Would never go back to the restrictions of a salon again!! My 2 year old has her fringe trimmed each time he comes while sitting on my lap and gets very excited when its time for “john cut hair”.

Gayemurphy February 8, 2012 - 10:51 AM

I try & go to the hairdressers at least every three months, now that I’ve gone back to having short pixie cut hair style. When I had long hair it was never within 6 months of the last trim. In the last 5 years I have changed hairdressers many times. I thought I had found a good salon & they were reasonably priced – but my last haircut end of Jan, she insisted on giving my hair a “quick hair dry”… the dryer was on for less than a minute – she only waved it over the back of my hair twice & I was charged $7 for the privilege. Previously I have always insisted on letting it air dry – it’s short, it won’t take a moment – but the way she had said it made me think that she needed to before she put a little smidge of product through…. WON’T make that mistake again. I had been quoted a price before I got there – so that was how I knew that the short “blow dry” cost that amount… The next time I visit I will make sure I get “re-quoted” at the actual salon, not just on the phone & make sure I tell them NOT to “blow dry”!

Alyce February 8, 2012 - 12:04 PM

Oh I am the WORST at this too. Everytime I go I have to apologise for how long it’s been as my hair is clearly in need of a cut, so as to prevent being told so by the hairdresser! Then add in kids and the expense…. yep, so true. I actually bought a home colouring this morning to give it a go. It’s not a permanent just in case!!

sakuralulu February 8, 2012 - 1:15 PM

I always shout myself a “good” haircut and colour when I am home in Australia. So the last time I did that was um, 15 months ago?! I have had about 5 haircuts since then- but my hair is short and I should go more often but I am not usually as satisfied as when I do it in Australia and I can`t justify the cost of colour here {or risk the chance of my hair going orange. It has happened!}.

I will be in Australia in March. Already have an appointment- 2 days after I arrive!!! My mum will take the afternoon off work and watch my boys.

My husband does watch the kids on a Saturday or Sunday while I get a cut sometimes but now I work a lot on the weekends it is sometimes hard to fit it in. When I get it cut in March it will be 4 months since my last cut.

Lauren February 8, 2012 - 9:41 PM

To save money, see if a hairdressing salon near you needs a hair model for a student. Last time I did this it cost me $20, and the girl who cut my hair was about three weeks away from being a licensed hairdresser. They are all supervised by experienced hairdressers who will advise if needed. You can also ask a TAFE if they need hair models! This goes for beauty schools too….people need to practise their techniques!

Kathryn February 8, 2012 - 10:03 PM

I love going to a hairdresser purely to have some pampering and get to read a magazine! With colour, I get roots done every second appt, rather than full head to save a few dollars.

Roslyn Richards February 8, 2012 - 10:29 PM

As a Hairdresser myself, and a teacher of Apprentice hairdressers, why not go to the local college to have your hair done. The service is just as good and the results are sometimes better as every step of the process is monitored by the lecturer. Saves alot of money as you are usually paying just for the cost of the product.

Belinda February 8, 2012 - 10:42 PM

I went on Monday. I don’t do anything to my hair apart from a trim every 6 months. I actually got it cut from shoulder blade length up to just sitting past shoulders (4 inches).

Anonymous February 9, 2012 - 6:02 AM

Im going on the 18th, at the same time as my eldest son’s girlfriend so we can take turns looking after my little one! One of the advantages of large age gaps between kids….and the hairdressers love to cuddle him too, even some other clients.

Mumma K February 9, 2012 - 7:59 AM

I really need to visit the hair dresser too I haven’t been since September last year and I’m sick of my hair style, might take your advice and have a look on Pinterest for some inspiration 🙂 Thanks

Nicqui February 9, 2012 - 9:05 PM

Thanks for this post – It made me realize just how long I’ve been putting off my visit to the hairdresser. I’ve made an appointment for Saturday morning when my hubby can watch the kids and am looking forward to a little bit of me time 🙂

Belinda February 14, 2012 - 10:47 AM

Thanks for this post, Made me relise that I have not seen a hair dresser in almost 6 years and I have not had a hair cut in about 3 years so I think it might be a really good time to change that 🙂

Katrina February 15, 2012 - 8:49 PM

Absolutely and your hair will feel much healthier afterwards too. enjoy it Belinda!


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