Okay, let’s get one thing straight: we are all for DIY at home hacks for common beauty treatments, and we definitely encourage saving some coin whenever you can – hey, we write about it all the time! That said, spending a lot of money on certain beauty treatments can be totally worth it – and I’m saying this as someone who avoids dropping cash on these things as often as I can! Even I can admit that there are certain things we want done that are best left to the professionals, instead of the scenario that involves us locked in a bathroom, trying not to cry and debating whether or not we need to go to the hospital. Okay, maybe it’s not always that serious, but you know what I mean.
Obviously, you never need to spend a lot on something you feel totally comfortable doing on your own, and this can sometimes vary from person to person. I have friends who are 100 percent fine with highlighting their own hair, which is awesome and cost effective. I, on the other hand, know I would never be able to successfully get the job done, so for me, it’s worth emptying my bank account so that a professional can do it. But there are some beauty treatments that shouldn’t be done by anyone (yes, beauty gurus and vloggers alike) but a professional. I’m all for saving money when you can, but getting a bad result from an innocent beauty experiment can result in you spending even more money to fix it. Bottom line: you get what you pay for and some things are just worth more money than others. Here are a few beauty treatments you should always spend a lot of money on:
Dramatic HaircutsJust looking for a quick trim? It's totally fine to go somewhere cheap (or do it yourself if you feel comfortable) for this regular maintenance. But if you're thinking of chopping all of your hair off, or trying some sort of trendy cut (like lots of layers or something), I recommend it's time to drop some serious coin. You're doing something big and new! Invest that money so you don't wind up regretting your haircut. It's a big change and you're going to want a stylist who knows what they're doing and has been vetted by the salon to be at that higher price range. You pay for what you get!Source: iStock
Dying Your HairOf course you can go to the drug store and spend less than $30 on box hair dye - women (and men) do it all the time and it works out quite often. There's nothing wrong with doing it! But again, if you're doing something drastically different or complicated (like bleaching), you probably want to head to the salon. This is one of the more expensive treatments you'll probably get, but it's 100 percent worth it. There's nothing wrong with box hair dye, but stylists have the magic touch when it comes to creating your own unique color that looks natural and right with your skin tone.Source: iStock
Eyebrow And Eyelash TintingI've heard of more and more people getting this done, especially if they have fair hair or really thin eyebrows. Tinting these little hairs might seem like something you can accomplish on your own, but it's not that easy. You're also going to want your eyebrows and eyelashes to work with the rest of your hair and skin tone, so really, you need to ask an expert to help you out here.Source: iStock
Brazilian Bikini WaxThere's a lot that can go wrong with a bikini wax. You need to get an esthetician who knows to wax in the right direction, use the right kind of wax, be mindful of such a sensitive area so that they prevent ingrown hairs and... you can see how all the problems are connected, right? Your nail salon might run a 20 dollar special, and that may seem like a good idea, but in my experience, the more expensive ones are going to get the job done in a way that isn't instantly regrettable afterwards. On top of that, a lot of nail salons don't use the proper hygiene methods, which is really pretty gross to think about. Your vagina will thank you later.Source: iStock
Chemical Straightening And PermsIf you're thinking of putting chemicals in your hair to alter it, then you should absolutely go to a salon. These treatments are pricey, but there are so many things that can go wrong that it's not worth risking it. I know a lot of girls who did it at home, and now their hair won't even grow past shoulder length. The consequences are steep, so pay up. Source: iStock
FacialsI know, you can totally put a sheet mask on at home or something like that, but if you've already decided to get a spa facial, this isn't the time to cut costs. Since it's your face, if some product doesn't agree with you and you walk out with bright red splotches, you're going to be wearing that damage ON YOUR FACE instead of being able to easily conceal it. When it comes to your face, in general, it's okay to spend more money than you probably feel okay with.Source: iStock
Hair ExtensionsClip-in hair extensions are obviously fine to do on your own, but these are also temporary and not very comfortable. If you want real extensions, go to a salon and pay for them. Extensions can sometimes be sewn into place, and you definitely want someone else doing that for you. Getting it done the wrong way could cause serious irritation and pain and since it's literally sewn in there, it's going to be hard to find relief. All I'm saying is, extensions are expensive, but if you're getting them done, they're going to be worth all the money you wind up spending. Good extensions look like they're just part of your hair anyway, so who's going to know any better?Source: iStock
Spray TanIf you're going to get a fake tan, then make it a spray tan - that won't give you skin cancer the way a tanning bed will. Spray tans have a bad reputation because they can easily look orange or get all over you. They're not super easy to accomplish, so a good one is definitely worth the money. A great spray tan will look natural and not blotchy. Source: iStock
Which one of these treatments have you gotten? Did you have them for cheap? Or did you drop some serious cash? Was it worth it? Let us know in the comments!
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