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Lina and her poodle

Do you SAVE or SPLURGE on haircuts?

What if I told ya I spent about $14.99 on my last haircut? Ha! Yep, which means after tip my price point is around $20 every couple months for my hair. I confessed on our recent team retreat that I usually never have the same stylist, and get my hair done at affordable spots like Great Clips, Supercuts, and Fantastic Sams!

I actually get asked often who cuts my hair, and many seem surprised when I reveal my salon choice, even my friends and family. My mom recently shared that she spends $60 for a cut/style, and we live in the same area, and have a similar hairstyle! ha 

Lina side view of her hair

You can be stylish with a frugal haircut!

I guess I’ve always been a saver when it comes to salons, but I still love stylish hair! I remember in college I would go to a hair stylist’s home to save on cuts, and then after college, I would go to a local beauty school for even deeper discounts. Finding your local beauty school is a great resource to save on cuts and colors!

It’s funny, though, because I do splurge on myself sometimes in other ways like salon pedicures, gel nails, or lashes, etc. I definitely understand those who’d want to pay more for cuts and color services.

fantastic sams hair salon

I’m super busy and rarely schedule an appointment for hair.

I actually like the fact that you can just walk-in at places like Great Clips, Supercuts, and Fantastic Sams – whenever I have some spare time between work and mom responsibilities. I take my kids with me, and we’ll all get cuts at once for convenience.

Often, you can save an additional few dollars with paper coupons that come in the mail, so I’ll look for those, too, in my local neighborhood mailers.

Lina's standard poodle Chewy sitting on her kids' laps

Yes, my dog’s haircut costs much more than mine, and I’ll gladly spend it.

When you have a large standard poodle, the grooming that comes along with this type of fur can be spendy. His bill is $70 plus tip. 😱 We love our groomer, and it takes hours to clean and groom our active dog Chewy, so I understand why it’s pricey! I didn’t know this, however, when we first decided to welcome a pet, LOL. 

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Hip2Save team members share how much they spend!

I recently asked our team to spill how much they spend on hair salon services, and I received a wide range of answers. Most spend $40+ for hair cut/style, and up to $150 for cut/style/color. Here’s what some had to say:

“I pay $40 before tip for wash-cut-style. My girl could raise her prices to $100, and I’d still go to her. It’s rare to find someone who can handle my thick hair.” – Alana 


“For just a haircut, mine is $50, which includes tip. My cut, highlight, and style is $150 including tip — it’s cheaper for me to do it that way, though, than to get the services separately.” – Emily 


“I pay $35 plus tip for highlights, lowlights, and a cut…beauty schools are amazing! They’re supervised and do a great job! Seriously. Look up area beauty schools!” –Jamie


Lina standing at her laptop

Let us know your price point for haircuts in the comments, and if you have any money saving tips for haircuts, too!


Lina (lina@hip2save.com) loves cooking new recipes, thrift store shopping, and DIY home decor projects.

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  1. Erin

    I bought a crea clip on amazon for $20 a year ago and now cut my hair in about 2 minutes at home with perfect layers. i have long thick hair and it used to take an hour for a vut and usually cost $60 plus. Now my cuts look way better and its so easy. I will never pay for a haircut again.

  2. Rebecca

    I totally get it!! My husband cuts our boys’ hair, and just shaves his(now that he’s losing it). I have longer hair and still growing it, I’ll go somewhere cheap once or twice a year to get a trim and long layers cleaned up. I spend $40 every 3 months for my 6 pound Yorkie mix….. that’s a lot of $$ per pound lol.

    • Lina D (Hip2Save Sidekick)

      Oh haha yes it is. That’s funny 😆

  3. Olgraygirl

    Lina, your cut looks great! I usually only spend $20-$25, even at a higher-end salon in my area because I don’t get the shampoo and style. I love your poodle’s style, too. We have cats, no grooming needed, but believe me, they are gold-plated in other ways!!

    • Lina D (Hip2Save Sidekick)

      Oh haha thanks so much for the nice compliment! ❤️

  4. Michelle

    I cut my own hair, so it doesn’t cost me anything. My poodle, on the other hand, costs $50 every 8 weeks.

    • Lina D (Hip2Save Sidekick)

      Oh ha! Thanks for sharing Michelle!

  5. Leah Gerbi

    I cut my own hair. It is long and I just throw it all forward (in front of my face) and cut a straight line. When I whip it back it is in beautiful layers. It looks good up or down. As far as my pet. I bought dog shearers on amazon for 35 dollars 3 years ago I have bought new blades but I have never had to change them. So basically it costs me nothing to cut my hair or my pets. My husband on the other hand goes to Great Clips and spends anywhere from 6.99-12.99 for a hair cut depending on the coupon he is using. He does not look good with his head shaved.

    • Lina D (Hip2Save Sidekick)

      Nice job! Thanks for sharing Leah!

  6. ResseCup

    Since I have 3b/c AND 4a type curls, I would never try to cut it myself. My shaping(basic trim) is about $40 every 6-8 weeks. With my stylist, she’s trimmed my hair both curly and blow dyed with no issue. Most times with a trim I get a deep condition or steam treatment which adds about $15. It’s so worth it!!! Yes, beauty schools rock, I’ve been going off and on since ‘95. Just think all professionals go to school and have to learn their trade(dentists, doctors, massage therapist, hairdressers, etc.)

  7. shan

    I cut and color my own hair..pinterest and you tube have saved me bundles. Hubs buzzes hair through spring, summer and fall due to the hot climates of his job. Then he grows it out in winter. He has been to a hair dresser in probably 15 years, and i haven’t been in over a year. Won’t ever go back!

  8. Melinda

    I have been grooming dogs for 29 yrs and love it. Yes it can get expensive but they actually get 2 haircuts , one befor the bath and one after the blow dry, and a pedicure. In order for me to save on my hair cuts, my hair dresser and I trade services. Every 5 weeks I groom her dog and she grooms me. 😀. Problem solved!

    • Lina D (Hip2Save Sidekick)

      Oh that is a genius idea! ❤️ love it.

  9. RMC

    We have an Aveda Institute in town where I get a wash, cut, and blow out for $15. The services are provided by students, but are supervised by instructors. While the service might take a bit longer, I’ve always been very pleased with the results. In order for a student to complete the program, s/he must fulfill a required amount of service hours. The facility is happy to receive the clientele from the community. It’s a win-win situation for both!

  10. Kathryn

    I haven’t had my hair cut in 13 months 😬

  11. M P

    I cut my own hair, my husband’s hair and my 5 children’s hair! We don’t have a pet so we’re cutting on as much expenses as possible. 😁 I watched YouTube videos and how-to tutorials & have mastered fade haircut for my boys (I have about 15 years of experience though).

  12. Kim

    I just have long, straight white girl hair, so I usually get my hair trimmed somewhere cheap once a year and then go to a nicer salon/stylist to get a few highlights and another trim 1-2 times a year. Last time I went I had a coupon for a free Supercuts haircut, so I only paid for the tip. However, I have an Old English Sheepdog/Bernese Mountain Dog mix so I pay almost $100 with tip to get him groomed every 6 to 10 weeks!

    • Lina D (Hip2Save Sidekick)

      Wow he sounds beautiful! ❤️

  13. *Angela-Miles*

    My hair grows super fast, so whenever I get a cut I normally donate it. And then just get it trimmed an shaped at the salon afterwards. It’s super easy to donate for anyone with long hair that’s interested 😄. About every year and a half or so I cut my hair to send off 😀

    • Lina D (Hip2Save Sidekick)

      What a great way to donate! Thanks for sharing ❤️

  14. Dawn

    We cut and color all of our own hair! Boys get the clippers, my girls want hair with no layers and straight across, and I cut long layers into my hair. Pretty easy and I get to make sure that I keep all of my length. I’ve been to high end places and super cheap places and they ALL see long hair and want to cut it off. I’ve been butchered so many times. No thanks!

    • Lina D (Hip2Save Sidekick)

      So interesting – good for you 👍 Thanks for sharing!

  15. Melissa

    I don’t go to one of the less expensive hair salons. That said, my dog’s hair cuts still cost more than mine. But, I don’t squirm so much during the process! My dog groomer earns her pay! (Not that my hairdresser doesn’t. I appreciate her and her skills very much.)

  16. Carolyn

    I am very frugal! I have not paid for a haircut in years. I went nearly a full year after a horrible haircut that I paid way too much for at the salon before I has it cut. And the person who cut it for me was my new boyfriend, now husband on our third date. I mentioned my dread of salons, but that I needed a haircut badly and didn’t have the money in my budget to get one. He told me he could cut my hair for me if I wanted him to. I asked for details, he showed my he had the tools and explained the process, so I said please do and the next morning I was at his house and announced I was there for my hair appointment when he opened the door. He didn’t have a cape, but used a sheet, he combed out, sectioned, pinned up and then let my hair down in increments to trim each layer. I told him it was bad, take off a good four inches. He said it doesn’t need that much off. He was meticulous and he took off about an inch and a half. I dashed to the bathroom mirror, inspected his work, he gave me a hand mirror to inspect the back. Great job and it was free. I informed him he was now my regular stylist. He has been doing it for me ever since. He took over giving my boys their monthly haircuts about a year later. Saves me hundreds a year. I have even had him give mt matron of honor a trim to shape up her hair and color it to fix the mess the salon made of her hair. I wanted her to look good for pictures. She got compliments at work and was asked if her stylist takes appointments. So I get great results with free haircuts from my hubby.

    • Lina D (Hip2Save Sidekick)

      Wow! That’s amazing- thanks for sharing Carolyn. That was a great story to read! <3

  17. Nancygaye

    I have been going to Great Clips for about a year and always go to the same stylist. I went with my husband once and then started going to the stylist who cut his hair. When that stylist told me she was leaving, I asked her to recommend someone. They keep extensive notes on what they do so I always get the same cut. I get my hair cut every 6 weeks like clockwork (their app tells you when it’s time to go). I get a great cut for $20 which includes the tip. Will never pay $40 for a haircut again! I do my own color using Wella ColorCharm. It’s a demi-permanent color. I used to pay $150 plus tip for highlights, cut and style but not anymore!

    • Lina D (Hip2Save Sidekick)

      Oh nice! And you’re right they do keep notes. Thanks for sharing Nancy!

  18. paige

    I go about every 4- 6 months on a haircut with getting just my bangs trimmed in between to save money and spend $25.00 now my standard poodle goes about every 10 weeks for $80.00 but sometimes i get a coupon for $5.00 off her cut (which isnt much) but every little bit helps

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