Whether you’re a four haircuts a year kinda gal or find yourself spending more time down the salon than at the supermarket, it’s clear that British women are in a serious relationship with their beauty salon. And with us spending an average of £3,059 a year on treatments*, going to the professionals does not come cheap.
So what if we told you that you could save your hard-earned cash and still get stellar results? With a new raft of at-home salon-quality tools and tweakments available, it’s time to break up with your beauty therapist.
Cause a fuzz
This product will give you the same results as a salon sesh in the comfort of your own home[/caption]
- Enter Braun Silk-expert Pro 5 PL5124 IPL, £599.99 from Boots – buy now
Sick of dashing off to (and paying for) monthly wax appointments? You’re not alone – 73% of women in the UK believe there is more pressure nowadays to remove body hair, and only 8% had not removed hair in the past 12 months. Not to mention that women spend an average of £17,000 on waxing during their lifetime.
Enter Braun Silk-expert Pro 5 PL5124 IPL, £599.99, a genius at-home laser hair remover. The price might seem extortionate, but if you add up the amount you spend on appointments, razors or laser hair removal treatments, in the long run it’s a drop in the ocean.
It’ll give you the same results as a salon sesh in the comfort of your own home – and yes, it really works, even if you’ve never exposed your fuzz to a laser before. And if you still need a reason to splurge, this nifty number can treat both of your legs in less than 5 minutes, plus it promises to permanently reduce hair in as little as four weeks. Impressive.
Take a brow
Save money on brow tints and use this product to get the same effect[/caption]
- Maybelline Tattoo Brow Long Lasting Tint, £12.99 from Boots – buy now
Eyebrows and lashes are the big hitters of the beauty industry, with around 24 million treatments taking place in the UK every year.
But with a set of lash extensions costing around £60 (not to mention the extra expense of the fortnightly top-ups), and a fortnightly brow tint setting you back around £10 a pop, there’s got to be a cheaper alternative, right? Right.
Eylure Pro-Lash Individuals, £5.39, is a pack of separate clusters to help achieve a professional finish. They also come with a super-strong adhesive to help them last weeks. Sure, it’ll take some practise to become a dab hand at applying them, but we’ll make anything work if it means saving £££ per month.
As for brows, with even a professional tint fading within a matter of days, it’ll be more time and cost-efficient to pop Maybelline Tattoo Brow Long Lasting Tint, £12.99, into your make-up bag for quick top-ups as and when they’re needed.
Simply apply a thick layer on to clean eyebrows and leave for 20 minutes before peeling it off. The result? Thick, slick, model-worthy arches that will last for up to three days.
Get the gloss
Revive your hair colour in between salon visits with this great product[/caption]
- Josh Wood Colour Shade Shot Gloss, £15 from Boots- buy now
If you’re one of the 10% of women who would rather go without a night out or a new outfit in order to afford hair and beauty treatments each month††, listen up.
While it might be difficult to dodge the professionals when it comes to trims, there are at-home alternatives for colour refreshes and conditioning that won’t cost you an arm and a leg. Josh Wood Colour Shade Shot Gloss, £15, is a semi-permanent treatment that revives hair colour in-between salon visits, so you can keep up with root regrowth management for longer.
Packed with nourishing quinoa, green walnut, perilla oil and shea butter, it can be used in place of your regular conditioner and left on for up to 20 minutes before being washed out, depending on the intensity of colour you’re after. Similarly, for deep-conditioning of severely damaged hair, “plex” treatments were only available in salons until recently, and typically they came with a hefty price tag – at least £30 a visit – on top of the cost of your colour.
But now haircare brands have stepped up to make this possible for a fraction of the price, without the need to leave your bathroom. Knight & Wilson PurePlex Revolutionary Hair Repair System, £12.99, contains amino acids to repair and protect the bonds that make up strands. Whether it’s from bleaching, colouring, styling, chemical treatments or heated tools, it’s sure to fix a multitude of barnet woes.
You can save hundreds of pounds a year by giving yourself an at-home gel manicure[/caption]
- Red Carpet Manicure Gel Polish Pro Kit, £69.95 from RedCarpetManicure.co.uk – buy now
Our lives are getting busier, so the fact that we can now opt for a Shellac mani that lasts two weeks – as opposed to standard polish that tends to chip within days – is a lifesaver. But it comes at a price.
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Research by Avon shows that 28% of us are willing to spend up to £30 on gel manicures at a time. On the surface it might not sound like a lot, but let’s do the maths.
If you’re visiting the nail salon for a mani every two weeks, you’re spending £780 per year on your talons. And while some of us find it mega luxurious to sit there while a pro gets to work, for the rest of us it feels like watching paint dry (literally).
Red Carpet Manicure Gel Polish Pro Kit, £69.95, will save you cash either way. The kit comes with a gel LED light, two nail colours and all the extras you need to get your at-home mini nail salon started. You can also stock up on shades as you go, and at less than £13 a bottle you’ll be able to get a whole kit together before you’ve splurged your yearly nail budget. Genius.
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Stockists: Braun (Boots.com), Eylure (Boots.com), Josh Wood (Boots.com), Knight & Wilson (Superdrug.com), Maybelline (Boots.com), Red Carpet Manicure (Redcarpetmanicure.co.uk)
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