A visit to the salon for my wife was on the list of discussed and approved expenditures for the weekend. A few hairs on her beautiful head had dared to turn the wrong color, and needed to be taught a lesson. She called around gathering current pricing information as well as potential time slots, finding she would be paying somewhere between $70 and $90 for a single all over color.
She then remembered the name of another salon that had been used by our neighbor to have their daughters’ hair done for homecoming a few weeks prior. The salon had done a great job, and was very reasonable. The salon was actually a cosmetology school, thus the people doing the work were students.
Cosmetology schools offer services because the best way to perfect your craft is to practice. Since the people performing the services aren’t experienced or even licensed the cost is significantly lower.
How much cheaper are services at a cosmetology school? I wanted to find out, so I compared the prices of some common services between the school close to my home and a well respected, full service salon:
- Cosmetology School: $13
- Salon: $23
- Cosmetology School: $28
- Salon: $42
- Cosmetology School: $31
- Salon: $67
- Cosmetology School: $11
- Salon: $30-$45+
All Over Color:
- Cosmetology School: $32.50
- Salon: $49-$68
There are many other services available, but these are some of the most common and very clearly illustrates how much cheaper it is to have services done at a cosmetology school versus a full service salon. Specifically for my wife’s hair color, she is charged towards the higher end of the range at a full service salon as her hair is very long and thick. While she is normally charged close to $70, she had it done at a Cosmetology school for $32.50.
My wife had her hair colored at a cosmetology school for less than half the cost at a full service salon!
As mentioned the reason the services are less expensive is because the people performing the services are relatively inexperienced students. A person looking for spa or salon services must keep this in mind if they choose the less expensive cost of a cosmetology school.
Some situations where a cosmetology school might be a good fit:
- Uncomplicated service : If you’re looking for a basic haircut, or your coloring is a single color (no fancy highlights or abnormal colors).
- Age of Client : If you’re taking a young one for a service and wouldn’t mind if the outcome wasn’t perfect.
- Perceived Value: If you simply think that salon prices are outrageous, the product you get from a cosmetology school student may provide a much better value.
Some situations where you might consider an experienced professional:
- Life Events : If it’s your wedding day, or some other very important life event, and everything has to be perfect.
- Client Expectations: If you are getting spa treatments as a way to treat yourself, be pampered, and relax.
In my wife’s case, while her hair is long and thick, she only wanted an all over single color. It would only cost her $32.50, and she had confidence that the student would be able to do it to her satisfaction because the student was under constant supervision of an instructor.
Returning home from her appointment, her hair looked great, and so did our weekend budget thanks to the low cost of having her hair colored at a cosmetology school.
Have you ever had spa or hair services done at a cosmetology school? How did it turn out?