Asian woman happily getting her hair styled at a salon.

After hustling through the grind of work these past few months, you may have noticed that your , transforming it to dry and lifeless strands that desperately need some TLC. Fortunately, you finally have the time to book an appointment at the hair salon. Yay!

The toll of work-related woes, going out and about the city, and the generally busy and on-the-go lifestyle can do a number on your beloved locks. Exposure to such as heat, smoke, and pollution, can cause your hair to and become . Meanwhile, stress can affect your hair health –and in more severe conditions, can even cause your hair to fall out.

Hence the salon appointment. The therapeutic motions at the salon can put you in a state of calm and pampering as you leave your hair in the hands of experts. But have you ever wondered how to make the most of your salon visit? After all, you would easily spend an hour or two in a stylist’s chair for a haircut alone. Why not maximize your stay there?

How to Make the Most Out of Your Salon Trip

Whether you have a favorite stylist you are loyal to or plan on trying a new hair salon for your next visit, there are ways to maximize your visit and have you . Salon visits are an easy way to feel pampered and glamorous, but they don’t exactly come cheap.

Salons offer a variety of services, promos, and products that can help you get the most out of your visit beyond the usual wash and cut. Plus, who doesn’t love getting a bang for their buck? Here are some tips to make the most out of your next visit.

Decide on a single “peg” or reference photo.

You probably already brought photos of hair references to your hairstylist. But while you may be tempted to show various images to explain the vision, you may cause your stylist to create a composite look in their head – while not exactly capturing the style you were aiming for.

One way to see more precise results is to keep your reference to a single image – two if you really must. But apart from your dream cut, don't ignore your stylist’s opinion. They're professionals and will tell you if you can achieve the same effect. Keep your expectations realistic: do you have the same hair thickness and texture as the person in the reference photo? Has this image been retouched or edited? Do you even live in the same climate?

Your stylist may even have ideas for modifications that may better suit your face shape and , rather than creating a carbon copy of your reference. It all boils down to honest communication with your stylist.

Inquire about their current promos.

While booking your appointment at the hair salon, it is generally a good idea to inquire about the promos and packages they currently offer. The usual color and hair treatments can carry a hefty cost if you’re not prepared to spend on them, but salons occasionally supply packages that can save you some money– especially when they’re trying to introduce new product ranges. Take advantage of these sweet deals!

Ask if they offer membership or loyalty cards.

Aside from their seasonal promos and bundles, some salons offer loyalty cards that help you make the most out of your service. You might just score discounts on your current service once you sign up for their membership program.

Quiz them about their newest hair products or services.

As mentioned, salons may offer promotional packages when they are trying to market a new product or treatment. However, some discounts are a little more subtle. You can prod your stylist about these “secret” deals when you ask about their newest hair products or services. They will usually be happy to discuss them, and even offer you to try them at a discounted rate.

If you find these additional hair treatments out of your price range, you can easily DIY them. The TRESemmé Keratin Smooth KERA10 Smoothing Mask is made with KERA10 Protein Complex that penetrates hair 10 layers deep. In one wash, get soft, smooth, shiny hair free of frizz, tangles, and . But apart from the galing-sa-salon look, it also protects your hair against heat and humidity.

Meanwhile, those with dull locks and hair fall can try Cream Silk Triple Keratin Rescue Ultimate Hair Fall Defiance Treatment Shot. It treats and strengthens hair to protect it from extreme hair fall factors and tames rebellious frizz. It also has an essence to restore and a serum to revive intense damage.

Find out whether they will style your hair for free.

Hairstylists in the Philippines are usually generous and will treat you to a blowout and style your hair, free of charge. It’s also a terrific hack if you have an event to go to, and you can walk in with a professionally handled ’do. Just make sure to allot enough time before your visit so you don’t show up late to your affair.

Make the style last longer with TRESemmé Keratin Smooth Shine Serum. It has a smoothing formula that keeps every hair in place while still guaranteeing movement.

It is never a bad idea to visit a hair salon. Yet if you want to make the most out of your visit, these hacks can help you take a good salon visit to a great one.