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Let’s be honest. Maintaining your hair is not a cheap project. We all experience “hair envy” when we see someone else with a style unlike our own. If you have long hair, you wish for short hair. Those of us with straight hair, curl it, and those with curly hair, straighten it. Our search for new looks and styles come at a cost. Take a look at some of our style suggestions that won’t break the bank.


Have you ever gotten that urge that it’s time to refresh your look? If you’re looking to scratch that itch without the long term maintenance, try out some of these affordable options for a mini makeover!

Style Freshening - $20-$55

Cut & Raise your layers to de-bulk and feather your edges for a softer look. This subtle technique will bring more body and liveliness to your style.

Reshape your Bangs - $12

For this affordable price, you can cut and shape your fringe to completely change your look. Shaping your bangs to a flattering length is such a quick and easy way to satisfy that makeover urge.

Zig-Zag Highlights - $10

If you ever feel like your color is dull and boring, you can opt for face-framing partial highlights focused around the crown. This will pull beautiful, yet subtle light in around your face to make your eyes pop!


You’ve been saving up for this moment! You are finally ready for your professional consultation to achieve that full-blown makeover. It is time to turn heads and look like a brand new you. Before you meet with your stylist, it helps to know how salons calculate estimates for your cut and color. Before your total costs are final, your stylist will consider the following:

  1. How much product was used as a result of your hair length, thickness, and texture?
  2. Are you lifting color? If so, how long will it take to bleach your hair to achieve your final color?
  3. Will your hair require any treatments to correct any chemical damage during the coloring process?
  4. Will you need a new cut to compliment your new color and remove any split ends?

Always plan ahead to schedule a consultation with your stylist to develop your hair “road-map”. Professionals are trained to bring your dreams to reality, so the more you know about the process, the better. 


Don’t forget to consider the costs associated with keeping up your new look. If you don’t think you can realistically schedule regular appointments for root-touch ups, consider a balayage instead! As opposed to a full color, your stylist will hand-paint the dye to fade into your natural roots. As your hair continues to grow, you won’t have to deal with that harsh, pesky line that separates your roots from your new color.

Also, keep in mind that not all colors are created equal. The molecules that build red and blue dyes have a harder time holding onto each strand of hair. There have been many instances where men and women will choose a bright and vibrant blue color for their hair, only to see it wash away into a seaweed green weeks later. When you decide to commit to a dramatic color change, it is vital that you take the necessary steps to protect your investment. Wash and treat your precious locks with color-safe products. At Alicia’s Salon & Day Spa, we carry a variety of Redken and Pureology products that will keep your color looking fresh for weeks at a time.

Schedule a consultation with one of our stylists to bring new life to your look.