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Hawaii Steals and Deals

We may be in the midst of an economic slump, but that doesn't mean you have to hold yourself up in your home for the duration. We found 53 ways to shave the costs off retail therapy, sprucing up your home, collecting art, grocery shopping and more. All without breaking the bank.


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Inside the W Salon.

Photo: David Croxford

Get a New 'Do

Want to get spruced up  for the holidays? Wendy Do, the co-owner of W Salon, tells us about some fun deals the salon is running now through December. With the purchase of a haircut or chemical service, if you have never tried a Kerastase or Shu Uemura treatment (worth up to $40), you can get one for free. If you’ve been hesitant to try hair color, this is a good time to take the plunge: With any haircut, clients who have not colored their hair before with the salon can get a free highlight enhancement (worth $75). Ala Moana Center, 943-2700, wsalonhawaii.com.

We have a friend who once asked, in disbelief, how it was that every woman he knew got her hair styled at J Salon. For the record, we know lots of great salons that women across the Islands swear by. But it’s true that J has quite a following. If there’s anyone left who hasn’t gone, referring them earns you a $20 discount on a future cut. 1240 Ala Moana Blvd., 550-4441, jsalon.com.

Haircuts at the Paul Brown Salon usually start at $40, but book with a junior stylist, and a shampoo, haircut and blow dry is only $27.50. “We’ve been doing this at our Ward Center Salon and Spa and on Maui, but we’re expanding the program,” says Angela Howard, managing director. The junior stylists have been through Paul Brown training, but are newer to the salon world. You can also find weekly specials, usually posted on Mondays at the company’s Facebook page (facebook.com/paulbrownsalons). The week we looked, there was a prize giveaway of five flat irons, for example. Multiple locations; paulbrownhawaii.com.

Free Love

Need to get your nails done? Eyebrows out of control? Let the folks at some of our local salons such as Bobbi and Guy Salon and Spa, or Heaven on Earth give you a mini-makeover during All Dolled Up at Pearl Ultralounge. From 6 to 9 p.m. on the first Thursday of each month, take advantage of complimentary mini-makeovers, free cover and girls-night-out drink specials such as a Tickled Pink Bellini. Ala Moana Center, Hookipa Terrace, third level, 944-8000, pearlhawaii.com. [Disclosure: HONOLULU’s sister publication LeiChic.com is a sponsor of this event.]


Culture Vultures

Rich Richardson, the creative director at The ARTS at Marks Garage, demonstrates his artistic flair.

Photo: Rae Huo

Art on the Cheap

Think you have to spend a fortune on art for your home? Rich Richardson, artist and creative director at The ARTS at Marks Garage, doesn’t think so. Here, Richardson shares five ways to decorate your dwelling—for less.

 1) Think about scale

“Art doesn’t have to be large. I get excited when I see a small piece that’s under 12-inches square. [Art that size doesn’t] take up much space, and you can put it in a box and move from place to place very easily.”

2) Choose a medium

“A good way to embark on a collection is to start with a certain medium like, say, photography, which is usually inexpensive. When you have 12 similar or related objects, you have a collection that presents a body of knowledge. For prints, I’d recommend going to the Honolulu Printmakers’ annual portfolio sale. They have hundreds of prints to look through in styles for all tastes.” The prints range from $25 to $150. The sale is Nov. 26 to 28, 536-5507, honoluluprintmakers.com.

3) Display ephemera

“Take favorite keepsakes that are already in your home, such as old records, T-shirts, ticket stubs, comics, old ribbons from track, and frame them or make them into an installation piece. It’s about translating teenage inclinations into present circumstances, just ‘adult-up’ the presentation. Plus, when you get stuff out of boxes, you’ll get more enjoyment out of it.”

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