Added - Anabel, only judging your answers, not your efforts at looking for drinking buddies...though the picking up of a guy to take you home could land you in oh so much trouble...
Hi AO, D. here.
I'm sorry about your SO. (I don't know whether to call him husband or ex, so I'll just call him your significant other.)
I had my nails done at a beauty school for $5 many a year ago, and I even let them give me highlights. The instructor did it in front of them as a teaching lesson. I was evidently a good example for them to have because the instructor was UNSUCCESSFUL at getting the highlights to appear. As a brunette, her way didn't work. I didn't let them ever do my hair again.
Do you have an easy hair style that isn't too hard for them to mess up? If you can trust them to cut your hair (not a lot of layers, etc) then it might be worth it with your financial situation to try.
I'm sorry Anabel was so glib to your situation. She is rounding up takers for going out drinking right now (her previous post a few minutes ago) and I think she might have started early.