Frugal Friday: In Which I Try the Ogle School

Full disclosure: for a long time, I’ve not had a regular hairdresser. I have a dear friend who lives in Rowlett who does hair, and another who is still a student in stylist school in Austin. To visit one, it’s an hour’s drive. The other is three hours away. While I feel strongly about supporting both, a major commute to do my hair just can’t happen right now, especially while I am working full-time. My weekends are spent playing catch-up with household chores and errands; I can’t spend all day Saturday driving to and from a salon.

But I am also at an age where I need to have a regular salon. My bangs need biweekly trimming or else I look like a Shetland pony. My hair color needs brightening. And my ends need to be trimmed free of the split ends. So I noticed that there is an Ogle school practically across the street from my daughter’s school. Supporting other students seemed like an excellent idea when I can’t always support my friends who are stylists. So, I made an appointment last Wednesday night for a color and cut. I figured I would try it once and see how it went.

Let me tell you now, the Ogle school will be my go-to salon, and here’s why:

  • The students really looked at my hair, the shape of my face, where my “occipital bone” started and ended, and they really listened to what I wanted. The result? Color and cut that looks amazing. It looks like me and like what I envisioned. The 5 minute consultation makes the appointment run long, but wow if it doesn’t make a huge difference in how you collaborate with the stylist.
  • They had two students working on my hair at the same time. I have a lot of hair, people. A LOT. One of the students called it “deceptively thick” while the other joked that I have “Disney princess hair.” Even with two students working together, it took a good 2.5 hours to cut, color, and style my hair. But I loved having two people working at the same time–they chatted with each other, they chatted with me–there was none of that awkward “so…do you have kids?” kind of conversation that makes it difficult for an introvert like me to relax at the salon.
  • The instructor didn’t hover, but he did stick around enough to make me feel like I was in good hands. If you ever read Beezus and Ramona when you were a kid, then, like me, you probably grew up wondering if a student could do a good job on your hair. I wanted to be Ramona, not Beezus. And sure enough, with that teacher wandering by at intervals, I knew nothing would happen to my hair that couldn’t be fixed.
  • The price was UH-MAY-ZING, which is why this is a frugal Friday post. They were running a special–cut, highlights, and style–for $20 with purchase of 1 product. Which was like $8. So for $28 I had services that normally would have run closer to $100 or more. No guilt attached. I mean, normally I worry about getting my hair done and how much it costs and then I put it off and put it off–not any more. I can totally afford to get all the bells and whistles without worrying that I am depriving my family of a vacation fund or something. PLUS, I ended up tipping both girls as much as the service, so even with tips and product, I was still way under budget. And it felt great to be able to tip that big–honestly, I felt like I hit a gold mine or something.

I already have my November follow-up scheduled. I am so excited that I found the Ogle School. What a great way to celebrate Frugal Friday!



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