Tips for Getting the Most from Your Salon Beauty Treatments

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Salon Beauty Tips

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"New Year, New You" campaigns are running wild this month and you may feel inspired to finally update your beauty routine or get that trendy haircut you've coveted for months. Whatever your New Year's goals may be, I can offer the following insider tips to get the most bang for your buck on those salon beauty treatments!

When Getting Your Hair Colored

It's best to have your hair brushed before arriving for your hair appointment. This saves your stylist from having to detangle your locks and allows him or her to get started on your color right away. Additionally, there's no need to wash or style your hair; it will be washed and styled after the color treatment. For more pre- and post-salon hair-coloring tips, read this article from TheHairStyler.

When Tipping at the Salon

Tipping is an important part of your payment and should never be skipped. Not all salons are created equal, but some stylists have to pay the salon a portion of their clients' service plus rent for their station. So your tip is the only money they can put in their pocket in its entirety. According to Emily Post (the Mother of Etiquette), salon tips should fall between 15 and 20 percent with a request to split the amount between everyone who served you during your appointment.

Additionally, it's equally important to spread the word if you have a great stylist; this will help his or her business and possibly yield a discount for you!

When Going to a Makeup Appointment

Always show up makeup-free when heading to an appointment. I know it's hard for some ladies to leave the house without makeup, but you will have a better application by showing up with a fresh face. When a makeup artist has to remove makeup, your face will become red and sensitive and may require heavier application. If absolutely necessary, apply a tinted moisturizer before leaving your house.

When You're On a Budget

If you're tight on cash but need to look fab for a special night out, try popping over to a makeup counter. The rule of thumb for makeup application is to purchase $60 worth of product. This is much more affordable than hitting up the salon or having someone come to your house. Plus, the product you buy will serve as your touch-up kit throughout the evening. If you can't afford a product you really want, you can often find health and beauty coupons from deal sites like to help you complete your makeover package for less.

When You're a Smarty-Pants

The best client in a hair or makeup chair is the one who doesn't purport to know it all! To ensure a good experience for both parties, you should answer the stylist questions and let them do their magic. After all, they are the professionals and you're seeking out their advice and experience! A bad client will try to instruct the stylist how to do their job; trust me, you'll leave them wondering why you even bothered to make an appointment if you already know it all.

When You're Running Behind

A good client is always on time! Stylists book their appointments according to process time and being late sets the rest of the day off causing everyone else to suffer. A bad client strolls in late on their cell phone with Starbucks in hand. Always remember the treatment you give your stylist will show on your face or hair!


Marissa Machado is a celebrity makeup and hair stylist for Celestine Agency in Santa Monica, Calif. In addition to print producers, beauty editors and professional photographers, Marissa has worked with some of Hollywood's hottest stars such as Emma Stone, Lauren Conrad, and the Jonas Brothers. 

I'm a former 7th grade Science teacher turned stay-at-home mom that lives in Houston, Texas. I am married to my college sweetheart and have a beautiful daughter named Riley, who definitely keeps me on my toes! I am also involved in starting a small business which would both manufacture and sell an invention that I've patented, called Toothpaste 2 Go. I love interacting with my readers and hope to learn as much about you as you learn about me!

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