Are you a drug store diva? A cosmetic counter queen? Or like most women, something in between.
You love the latest looks from your favorite celebrities like Kim Kardashian, Sandra Bullock and Penelope Cruz.
You admire their hair, skin, makeup, manicures and more. But for regular gals it can add to monthly expenses.
From high end luxury brands like Orlane, Decleor and Christian Dior to bargain brands in Rite Aid or Duane Reade, how much would you pay to maintain your tresses? Keep crows feet away or plump your pout?
Shampoos, conditioners, styling aid, oh my! When it comes to your hair there are so many items to choose from. Where do you start?
Salon brand shampoos like Goldwell, Paul Mitchell and Aveda can seem costly. However quality ingredients like awapuhi, wheat protein and meadowfoam seed oil make a small amount of product go a long way. While you may pay more up front for these products they will last longer and contain higher quality ingredients than their drug store counter parts.
Drug store brands Tressame, Suave and Dove are all good quality products but tend to contain more water than bubbles. While they get the job done they may not last as long as your luxury brands.
Need a haircut, color or relaxer?
From top salons like Chris Chase with the average haircut starting at $120 to beauty school bargains there is something for everyone.
While luxury salons give you undivided attention, champagne and the latest Cosmo, bargain salons like Supercuts will give you what you want and send you on your way.
Still want to save some dough? Try your local beauty school. You may not be able to book an appointment (most schools are walk-in only) and you’ll be in the chair a bit longer but you may find the next Nick Arrojo or Sally Hershberger to tame your mane!
Luxury: Chris Chase Salon 182 9th Avenue @ 21st Street
Bargain: Empire Beauty School* 22 W. 34th Street for all your hair care needs at bargain prices
*This Thursday March 25th Empire Beauty School in Manhattan is offering hair care services for just $1 (excluding Keratin straightening). Call for details (212) 967-1717
NOTE: If you find salon brand products in the drug store they may be counterfeit or expired. Avoid diversion and only buy professional products from your favorite salon, spa or cosmetology school.
Stay tuned for The price of beauty: skin care