Going to the salon for a fresh, new hairdo is lovely. Who doesn’t like to go in the door looking busted and come out feeling like a Beyonce-worthy background dancer? It’s a great feeling. Many stylists talk about the most rewarding parts of their job coming from being able to make ladies look and feel amazing.
The beauty industry is a multi-billion dollar industry. Why is that? Well, two main reasons. One is what I mentioned above. The ability to change a person’s perception of themselves on the outside and what that subsequently does to make them feel amazing on the inside.
The other reason is why this post exists. The upsell. As women, we are often sucked into the future payoff a product promises to deliver. How many times have you fallen for the upsell? A sales associate absolutely convinces you that the fabulous product their hawking will change your life. Or at the least, make your life easier and make you more beautiful in the process.
Sounds great! But, we all are also too familiar with the letdown that comes when we look over at the proof of our amped up hope. A half-used container or the new this or the improved that, that left us unimpressed. The percentage of times our lives are actually changed by a product is low, in the real world. However, we continually find ourselves lulled back to spending by the same false hope.
This is not to say that awesome products don’t exist. The truth is, they do! The trouble in that truth is being conscious enough with our dollars to take the time to research a bit and purchase in a way that increases our odds of finding that one life-altering product.
Going to the salon is much like going to the Target. You go in for one thing that costs less than $20.00, and you come out with a $150.00 cart full of ‘How Did This Happen?’ Stylists and salon owners are there to provide us with a service. And they are there to make money. Beauty is a business.
Below are some helpful tips that will keep you on a budget when you go in for your next salon visit. Take heed and your pockets will thank you in the long run.
Avoiding the up sell
Impulse buying is the downfall of many. Those in sales know this. They evoke a certain emotion that drains us of common sense and we impulsively act. That act is to buy! It feels great. You get a rush and the excitement lingers for a while.
When you’re at the salon for a simple wash and style, understand that you will likely be introduced to a product that will help maintain your new look. It may be in the form of a great conditioner or setting spray or edge control product.
I’m lucky my stylist never up-sells because he is aware that if I want it I will ask for it. The only times I see him is every so often for a Depp Conditioner and to trim my ends.
Tiesha Boss says
Stacie Hart says
Yes…. because they nickel and dime you for using extra products! #ijs