I'm a hairdresser and you could be getting ripped off during your appointment – here's what to avoid

A TRIP to the hairdressers isn't always kind on our wallets, but sometimes we'll pay anything just to get perfect, silky tresses.

But while a fresh cut and colour are sometimes non-negotiable, there are some salon treatments that are a total waste of money.

Fabulous has spoken to some hair experts who have revealed what you should never ask and pay for because doing so means you're being ripped off.

1. HAIR MASK OR TREATMENT

One such thing is a conditioning treatment or hair mask which seems like a lifesaver for dry and damaged hair.

But according toLeo Izquierdo, co-founder of IGK hair salons & IGK Hair Products, paying for a mask or conditioning treatment at the salon is "a waste of money" and buying the full product and doing it yourself at home is cheaper.

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He told Fabulous: "In the salon I always give my clients a complimentary hair mask conditioning treatment with any service they come in for.

"I don’t have a conditioning treatment on the salon menu because it should be something salons do for their clients for free.

"If anyone just wants a hair mask or conditioning treatment it’s a waste of their money to go to a salon, it’s much better to purchase the full product and do them at home more often."

If your hair is in need of a little extra TLC though, "the best option is a cut followed by a good shampoo and conditioning home routine," the celebrity stylist advised.

Hairdresser Celeste Arnold who owns Lancashire-based salon Hair and Beauty by Celeste Arnold, agrees, saying: "If a hairdresser suggests you need a treatment always ask how much it will be as they can be quite expensive – and don’t assume they're free, although they should be!

"Ask what type of treatment it is, how will your hair benefit and how long it will last in the hair. Only then can you can decide if you think the extra cost will be worth it. And you won’t get a shock at the till!"

2. HIGHLIGHTS

Many hairdressers will recommend a full head of foils if you're looking for a fresh new colour – but you should think again before commiting to it.

A full head of hightlights can be time comnsuming and therefore expensive, Celests says, adding, "you don’t always need a full head of foils each visit."

She explains: "You get similar visual results by doing a quarter head (the parting hairline front and sides), which is a lot quicker and a cheaper service. But it isn't always offered by hair stylists!"

3. CONSULTATIONS

Elsewhere, Andy, a celebrity hairstylist and founder of Andy’s Salon, a luxurious, family-run and independent salon in Wimbledon Village, said you should never be paying for a consult – and you're being ripped off if you do.

While many salons will offer a complimentary consult before tackling your hair, you should be wary of salons that charge.

Celeste adds: "Most salons offer this as a free service but I've known salons charge a fee and then knock it off the price if you make a booking.

"This will give you the opportunity to ask about prices and the stylist should have a better idea of how much it will cost."

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