You’ve emptied your pockets getting sloshed through December, and now it’s broke o’clock. When life comes down to Maggi meals and cutting chai instead of Starbucks, even thinking of a high-end sesh with your hairstylist gives your (empty) wallet a heart attack. Whatever happened to hair makeovers on a budget?
For it to be a ‘Happy New Year’ for both your drab-looking tresses and scanty bank account, you gotta play it smart, woman. Time to rock a hair change without burning a hole in that pocket.

Chop, But Smartly

If you know nothing about the fear of scissors, this one’s for you. Speak to your stylist about low-maintenance haircuts before making the chop-chop appointment. If you’re blessed with naturally thick, cascading locks, go for heavy layers that grow out beautifully. For women with fine tresses, a classic yet affordable blunt cut does the job well. The trick here is to opt for a haircut that doesn’t make you rebook your cutter often.

Bold Highlights? Yes, Please!

Found yourself shamelessly ogling the purple-haired chick at the supermarket? Ah, the draw of crazy hair experiments. We feel you if you’re short of moolah (and courage) for such a bold change. How ‘bout trying just a few striking yet relatively cheap streaks of color? Use an electric blue or a blood red only on the ends or on the bottom-most layer of your hair, the one that peaks out from underneath. Also, washout formulations like Crazy Color Semi Permanent Hair Color Cream strike out all possible chances of post-color regret.

Hello, Dear Extensions

Even an ardent loyalist of cropped hair has her out-of-nowhere pangs for gorgeous, waist-grazing tresses. Guess what? Hair extensions, like the BBLUNT B Long, Length And Volume Clip In Hair Extension must be the hair fairy’s blessing ‘cause there’s no other frikkin’ way you could grow all that hair in minutes. Or better still, jazz up your one-color crown with one of these daring BBLUNT Colour Quickies Clip-On Hair Extensions

Spritz, Play, Wash

So you've got a non-committal way of life and we totally get that. Rainbow hues are the talk of tress town and you needn’t be brave to take on the brights. Probably the quickest way to spruce up your mane, the BBLUNT One Night Stand Temporary Hair Colour gives you the freedom to rock a new, dramatic splash of color every other night and wash it away the next morning. Aah-mazing!


You ought to realize that with a little added care, there’s nothing your colorist can do that you cannot. More and more women are chucking the idea of pricey hair color rounds at the salon and DIY-ing it. If you’ve not been living under a rock, you probably know that balayage coloring has been a hit for quite some time now. A free-hand technique that involves zero use of foils, the transition is more natural and less obvious. Opt for an easy-to-apply color like the Schwarzkopf Palette Deluxe Intense Oil Care Color and get balayage-ing!

Time For Touch-Ups

No point running to your stylist for every grey strand that peeks out. Stretch your time between two consecutive salon visits and disguise root grow-outs at home by getting your hands on this genius called L'Oreal Paris Magic Retouch Instant Root Concealer. Cover grey roots in precisely three seconds, whenever and wherever. Don’t worry about stark differences, this one gives you perfectly blended coverage until your next wash.

The End To Split Ends

Having to blow money on a haircut just ’cause of those god-damn split ends is nothing short of cruel. Here’s how you can avoid the snip-off. Use a wide-toothed comb like the Kent Authentic Wide Toothed Comb. Mind your heat tools or swear by the Toni&Guy Heat Protection Mist : High Temperature Protection. Move out the rinse-out conditioners and make place for a nourishing, leave-in conditioner like Pantene Pro-V Oil Replacement.

Accessories And How!

A hair piece, when used appropriately, adds character to your tresses and that extra spunk to your tedious hairdo. Choose from a wide variety of Hair Drama Company Hair Shimmer and add bling to your party look. Nail the girl-next-door charm with the Toniq Bohemia White Flower Hair Band for a Sunday brunch with the girlies. Complement that timeless, date-night bun by slipping the elegant Elite Models Hair Jewellery Comb on the side.

Minute To Win It

If all else fails, here’s your last (and easiest) resort to channel your inner Hollywood diva. Be a wet-haired smoke storm by slicking back your hair with the Gatsby Set & Keep Hair Spray Ultra Hard. Add an instant fringe without having to cut a single strand by clipping on the BBLUNT The Fringe, Straight Fringe Clip In Hair Extension. Got 30 seconds to up your hair game? Change up your parting and witness a no-spend wonder.