So you’ve decided to become a Fabulous Frugal Super Woman. You’re excited, ready to start and…..now what? You’re probably feeling a bit overwhelmed right now; how does one start living a frugal lifestyle? The easiest way is to pick one area in your life and then figure out all the ways you can reduce costs. Since I just gave my daughter a hair cut, let’s dive in and look at ways to be thrifty with hair care.
We used to spend a lot of money on our hair but the past few months we’ve drastically changed our hair care practices. Here’s the things we’ve done to eliminate costs-
I no longer color my hair. It’s a reoccurring expense that has no real benefit. Hair dye is also full of nasty chemicals. Eliminating it has saved me a lot of money and my hair is much healthier now.
I used to go to the nice upscale salon in our town; now I go to our local beauty school and get a decent cut for a fraction of the cost.
My husband buzz cuts his and my son’s hair. I spent $30 for a set of clippers and it paid for itself in less than two months.
I cut my daughter’s hair. I am NOT a stylist by any means and yes, there were several ‘incidents’ when I was learning how to cut it, but the beauty of hair is that it always grows back and now I’m able to do a basic trim
I cut out styling products. I used to have a cupboard full of sprays and creams. Now I have one can of mousse and that’s it. Despite the barrage of advertising that we’re hit with on a daily basis, we don’t need a bunch of expensive products to make our hair look good. My hair is a bit quirky but it looks fine on its own, without being slathered in expensive goop.
I use the ‘no poo’ method instead of shampoo. I first heard about this here on Diaper Swappers, in the Green Forum. It uses only three ingredients; baking soda, water, and apple cider vinegar-all are cheap and natural.
Since we’ve started doing these things, we’ve practically eliminated our hair care expenses! Take a moment and examine how much you spend on your family’s hair care costs and then think of ways you can reduce them-little changes can mean big savings!
No Poo Recipe I use:
Wash: 1 part baking soda to 3 parts water. Mix together and apply to DRY roots. Massage scalp for two minutes, rinse out with water and then follow with Rinse: 1 part apple cider vinegar to 4 parts water (I also add a bit of vanilla extract for scent). Apply generously, especially to ends, let soak for 10 seconds and then rinse. When your hair dries it will NOT smell like vinegar. I use it every other day and keep the mixtures in shampoo bottles (I apply it in the shower, before I get my hair wet).