There is nothing wrong with this interaction. It is what a good stylist does. They want to help you maintain your hair when your hair isn’t in their hands. But if you want to stay on budget, keep in mind that this is an upsell and that you do not have to feel compelled to say yes to the product.
Always graciously decline, at first, pay for your intended service and tip the hair care professional who has taken care of you. It may seem awkward at first, but you will get used to it. And if you truly want the product, think it over and budget for it. Then the next time you visit the salon, make your purchase.
Do what you can at home before you go
Another great way to keep the reigns of your hair budget tight is to do whatever you can at home before you go to your appointment. Products are not the only upsells in salons. Many times an upsell comes in the form of an additional service.
If you are comfortable deep conditioning* your hair at home, then do that. Do it before you go and make a note of when you did it and what products you used. This way you can advise the stylist accordingly so that he/she is aware of what complimentary products to use while they’re providing your service.
There are other quick tips, similar to these, that you can implement to ensure you remain on track. Just take a few minutes and jot down some ways you can stay focused when visiting a salon.
Think about it like this, if you overspend and blow your budget, you may be forced to look for cheaper alternatives to maintain your hair later. Those alternatives may not be in the best interest of your hair health or your aesthetic.
At the end of the day, you will have remained mindful, remained on budget, and you will still leave the salon feeling beautiful.