Although Sharon’s hair styles have changed over the years as is evidenced by today’s photos she still likes to have a salon experience when getting her hair cut. She pens todays blog letting others know how she manages to achieve this experience while not damaging the budget too much… here is Sharon…
I was once asked by a couple planning to retire and become fulltime RV’ers how I handle haircuts especially since most of us ladies are on a 6 week hair care maintenance schedule. It can be very confusing reading reviews and websites trying to find both quality and pricing information. My solution to this dilemma has been to have my haircuts done at Cosmetology Schools. These have been a godsend as I really like the whole salon experience of a wash, cut and style The standard yet inexpensive “chop shops” often just cut without the option of wash or dry or styling, or they view these as “extras” and charge for each additional item. At a beauty school I call and ask about prices for the wash, cut and blow dry and have never had a quote more than $15.00. This definitely fits into the budget and even allows flexibility for a nice tip.
I try to befriend the receptionist and ask for a student that isn’t brand new and someone they would recommend. I also read a lot of reviews before scheduling since most places we have been actually have several schools to choose from. I have not in the past two years had a bad haircut although some have been exceptional! I found I have the best luck at Paul Mitchell Schools as they truly offer the salon experience with refreshments included and a 5 minute head massage during the shampoo process (no extra fee). The Paul Mitchell instructors are the most hands-on instructors in my experiences and often start the haircut for the student as well as checking progress more often than in other schools.
Now I must admit these appointments often take a lot longer than the salon haircuts I have received but, since I am retired I really don’t mind the extra time. I also find satisfaction knowing I helped a student gain experience. It has taken anywhere from an hour 15 minutes to over 2 hours. John usually plans his own outing and drops me off awaiting a call or text from me when I am finished with the appointment.
I have not tried coloring at the schools but in watching other customers, I see good results every time. Had it not been that John was taught to color my hair by my former hairdresser, I would surely have no qualms about having it done at these schools. I hope this helps others who are searching for the traveling solution to hair care.
P.S. We also have our teeth cleanings done at dental hygiene schools where the fee has been $10 to $15 which included x-rays. They also have an onsite dentist that checks the x-rays and included in the fee the school will forward the x-rays to your regular dentist.