Trim your hair care costs

Old wives tales claim that 50 brush strokes a day are all you need for shinier hair. If this was all it took to keep your tresses healthy, there wouldn’t be a worldwide multi-billion dollar hair industry expected to hit the $58 billion (about R536 billion) mark by 2015.

Thanks to the booming industry there is a variety of products to suit your pocket. But are you spending more on your hair than you should? We spoke to the hair experts to get the inside information on cost-effective hair care products and tips.

The proof is in the product

Palladium Hair Company has salons in Pretoria and Cape Town and they say their clientele includes the likes of Jeannie D, Natalie Becker, Percy Montgomery and Ryk Neethling. Their hair products are top of the range but they do stock more affordable products like Joico. A 300ml bottle of this shampoo or conditioner can cost you between R200 and R240 and according to their Palladium’s hair experts it will ensure your hair’s overall health.

Palladium products are more expensive than what you’ll pay in commercial stores. But Palladium experts add that because their products are top of the range you won’t need to use as much, which saves you in the long run.

To offer clients more affordable hair care, Cape Town-based Jabula Hair Salons stock newly launched hair brands supplied from Ghana, Zimbabwe and South Africa. Hair food brands like Jeba, Vidas, Dermetol and Maroza sell for between R20 and R30 and according to store manager, Eric Sajidin, these products work well on their clients’ hair.
“These products are effective for people who can’t afford well-known brands. The affordable brands we use are new, but they are growing [in popularity] here and in other countries,” says Sajidin.

Cape Town’s Waterfront-based hair salon owner, Frank Fowden, has 44 years of hair experience and claims his clientele include celebrities like Cher, Priscilla Presley and Sharon Stone. Fowden, who hails from England, believes in giving clients the best hair care by stocking up on a big variety of hair care products.
“Some salons will sell one product exclusively because they get a discount from suppliers. I prefer to stock a variety of products to give clients the best,” says Fowden.

The high cost of damage control

Buying hair colour treatments at commercial shops may seem like an affordable option but according to the experts, it’s a penny-wise pound foolish choice.
Most of Fowden’s clients’ expensive hair mistakes results from colouring hair at home with a cheaper product.
“It is very difficult to repair the damage done by home colours because many times we have to bleach clients’ hair to strip the colour, which can cause damage,” says Fowden.

According to Palladium experts the most expensive chemical damage control is caused by colour and bleach botch-ups done at home. Mechanical damage, caused by hot-irons, curling tongs and blow-dryers, can be another costly repair job…

Long term cost-effective hair care

A Brazilian blow-dry is one of the options that can save you money in hair treatments caused by heat damage. According to Palladium stylists this straightening procedure removes curl and frizz so you won’t need to apply a lot of heat to style your hair. The procedure, which generally costs between R800 and R2000, can keep your hair frizz-free for up to five months.

Stylists also recommend colour shampoos as a less damaging option to permanent colours bought in commercial stores.
Depending on your hair texture, a short cut can also save you in future treatments because you usually won’t need to use excessive heat to maintain this look.

For those who don’t want to take a risk with a drastic hair-cut, Fowden suggests a one-length bob as a practical haircut. The style has no layers and is therefore easier to blow-out and maintain.

Weave away you worries

If the cost and effort of maintaining your own hair doesn’t appeal to you, weaves and hair extensions offer another cost-effective option. Thanks to celebrities like Kim Kardashian and Beyonce’, hair weaves and extensions has become the latest fashion accessory.
Keratin bonds, braiding weaves and lace front wigs could cost you a fortune but there are affordable options.

Jabula’s synthetic hair extensions range from R69.95 and up depending on the style and length you want. With human hair weaves you can choose from their range of Brazilian, Indian and Chinese weaves, which start from R200 upwards. You can also buy the popular lace front wig, to get the effect of Beyonce’s tresses, for R1 200 depending on the length you want.

Moneybags’ hair care checklist

Cheaper hair care can sometimes cost you more than you bargained for. You can get away with using affordable hair shampoos and conditioners, but intense procedures like hair colouring, bleaching, chemical straightening and relaxers should be left to the experts. If you get it wrong at home it can result in an expensive repair treatment at a salon.

To avoid long term hair damage and expensive treatments keep heat-styling to a minimum.

If you want to avoid taxing hair regimes to your own hair, weaves and wigs are also a good option and there are affordable options. But weaves and extensions do require some maintenance to avoid hair breakage. Also try to avoid leaving your weave in for long periods at a time.