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frugal beauty treatmentWe all want to look our best, but the cost of beauty can be pretty high. According to a report published by American Salon, the average haircut for women ranges from $21 to $44 – depending on location and salon size. Additionally, manicures cost an average of $20.53. Weekly manicures can drain your wallet by over $1,000 a year.

In a study conducted by Sustainable Youth in conjunction with Kelton Research, one-third – or 33 percent – of American women say they are willing to give up 10 percent of their savings in order to look a decade younger for the rest of their lives. Looking good doesn’t have to cost a fortune. With a little creative maneuvering you can still care for your skin, hair, and nails without leaving a hole in your wallet. Check out the following beauty tips and look fabulous for less.

Make an appointment at a barber/beauty college. Visit your local beauty college and get your hair done for a low cost or even free! It may sound scary to have an inexperienced aspiring stylist “practice” on you, but a licensed professional is also onsite supervising.

Find great skin/hair products in your home. Olive oil has many nutritional values in many areas besides cooking. It is good for your hair and skin. Pour a little olive oil in your bath for a great skin softener or try using it as a conditioner for your hair. One tube of Vaseline can be used a variety of ways, including: lip gloss, cuticle cream, lotion, healing dry skin on elbows and feet, and as a quick faux eyelash extender.

Give yourself a mani/pedicure. You don’t have to spend salon prices for a good manicure and pedicure. You can pamper yourself at home by buying a home-spa kit.

Get your hair done on a Monday or Wednesday. These are the days with the least amount of traffic for most salons, so the best deals are offered on these days to help drive business. Plus, you’ll get lots of attention from the stylist when business is slow.

Find a coupon or a special. A little research goes a long way. Look up coupons online or sign up for promotional events through email. Many of the leading cosmetic companies offer great summer deals as do many salons.

Finally, it is important to remember no matter what the circumstance – treat yourself well.