(Closed) Should I get highlights? Is this too expensive?

posted 5 years ago in Beauty
Post # 3
6110 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: October 2013

Highlights are expensive because they are done with foils which is pretty labor intensive. However, it wouldn’t hurt to shop around to see if you can get a better price.

Post # 4
8429 posts
Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: March 2014 - A castle

It depends on the salon and the stylist really. I just went to a high end salon in my area and got highlights and lowlights and she only charged me $65 and I have hair down to the middle of my back. Several months before I went to a different salon that wasn’t even as nice and I walked out of there with a $160! bill. 

Post # 5
1152 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: October 2014

@hegetsme:  From my experience with highlights, the cost doesn’t change much based on the length of your hair.  It’s more based on the labor involved with foils.  If you have super long hair, it may cost more than shoulder length or shorter, but it definitely wouldn’t hurt to shop around!

For what it’s worth, getting highlights where I live (DC) costs me in the $200 range…which is why I stopped. Haha!

Post # 6
2610 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: May 2014 - Madison, WI

I like the look and think it’s very pretty on that style.

I get my hair highlighted and colored. When I get the color retouched and foil highlights done plus a haircut and blow out, my total is around $120 at an Aveda Salon.

Often foil highlights are charged “per foil” so there’s a set price for every highlight. So if you wanted to do a few less it could save a lot.

I used to go to a less expensive salon that was closer for $85 for everything mentioned above but over time there my highlights were getting too blonde and my hair was looking damaged. So I just suck it up and pay a bit more since now my hair is looking great. My stylist works with me to keep the cost down too. We do highlights every 12 weeks and just a color retouch every 6 weeks. My hair grows very fast though too.

Post # 7
3210 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: April 2015

@hegetsme:  Whether it’s worth it depends on your budget, stylist’s experience and salon. Considering I just paid over 4x that amount for highlights, I’d say $85 is a great deal! I know that we often think short hair should cost less, but if you’re getting foils and your hair is as layered as the picture you posted, that’s actually really tough to do!

Post # 8
6830 posts
Busy Beekeeper
  • Wedding: June 2011

@hegetsme:  That is actually pretty cheap for here.  When I go get highlights/low lights.  I am paying over $100.00

Post # 9
8610 posts
Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: August 2012

Around here you pay the same price for highlights no matter the length.

Post # 10
1477 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: November 2014

Hairdresser here – that sounds pretty standard – and length of hair really has no bearing on price, unless it’s SUPER DUPER long, in which case I’d pretty much charge an arm and a leg because it would be a huge pain. But it takes the exact same amount of time to foil a bob haircut as it would a collarbone-lengoth haircut. Highlights are labour intensive according to hair density, not hair length. Your hair would require the same number of foils even if it were longer.

That said, if you want to shop around, go for it…but if this is a stylist you know and trust, I’d stick with him/her. $85 is not outrageous (I’d charge more), and with hair services that are really cheap, sometimes you get what you pay for. You may be placed with a new stylist or assistant whose prices are lower due to lack of experience. If you’re comfortable with that, then go for it!

Post # 11
9139 posts
Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: November 2013 - St. Augustine Beach, FL

It’s really expensive to keep up so I’m just dying mine a few shades darker until the greys take over.  Eventually I’ll go a few shades lighter all over to mask the greys.

Post # 13
11419 posts
Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: May 2009

When you had highlights previously, did you also have base color for your roots, or was this before you were coloring your own hair?

The reason I ask is that this is also a factor.  You likely will not need to touch up your highlights more frequently than every 12-18 weeks (for shorter hair, you’re probably going to want to do it every 12), but you will still need to have root touch ups about every five to six weeks (if not more frequently) to cover your gray roots.  Once you start highlighting, you likely will not be able to color you own roots at home (since you would inadvertently also be covering up your expensive highlights.) Given that, you likely will also need to budget for the cost of having your roots done as well (and, of course, the cut.) You obviously also will need to budget for tips on all of these services, too. 

Where I lived previously (major city), I used to pay more than $290 for a  hair cut, root touch up, highlights, lowlights, and tips.  I’m thankful that I’ve found someone in my new, small town who charges less than $170 (including a 20 percent tip) for all of these services.

Post # 14
1582 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: November 1999

@hegetsme:  $85 is a steal for highlights. I usually pay $140-$150 plus tip. It’s only too much if you can’t afford to get it done every 8 weeks for the upkeep. It should go down after the first time because you won’t need a full highlight every time.

Post # 15
353 posts
Helper bee

@hegetsme:  I was a stylist for 4 years, and $85 for that length hair is a little much. Unless you have thick hair and they’re adding in additional color costs, or if you’re doing 2 colors. But yes, highlights are usually fairly expensive due to the “labor” charge.

Post # 16
439 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: August 2014

@hegetsme:  I love highlights but I only do them in the winter because my hair naturally lightens in the summer beach sun. I think $85 is a very reasonable price for highlights. I pay about $200 for a partial but that is also in LA.

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