Oh, MAN! Science PhD Mom busted me!
I bet I know why the whole "new cut" that works with your hair won't work. It's the frugal thing, isn't it? As a woman who gets her hair cut maybe twice a year, I just can't stand paying $50 a pop for a decent haircut. And the thought of doing so every six to eight weeks gives me the heebie-jeebies! 'Fess up, that's you too, isn't it Tama? Don't worry, there are lots of us out there--women who start with a new short haircut and make it last in a passable style until it's shoulder length. You're not alone!
Yeah…my hair is one of many victims of my frugality thing. There was a brief period when I thought I should pay the extra money and get, you know, a style-style. Something that fit my then-psychotic work/school/mommy schedule and all.
Basically, it cost $110 a month for cut and color (welcome to San Francisco, please leave your common sense in your home state…) and didn’t really save me much. It would start out low/no maintenance, but pretty quickly I’d find myself going from just mousse and round brush to mousse, round brush and hair dryer…then mousse, round brush, hair dryer and hair spray…then mousse, round brush, hair dryer, curling iron, hair spray…crap, still not right, OK, so, mousse, round brush, hair dryer, steam curlers, hair spray…
Even when I started going to cheaper salons (welcome to the Central Valley, you can have part of your common sense shipped to you now), it was still $50 to $65 for just a cut (…but not all your common sense…) and hello…still with the having to futz around within days of getting the “no maintenance” cut.
And to add insult to injury, I couldn’t “fudge” on the length without looking like a scarecrow! It was every four weeks, or POOF! Scarecrow Hair!
Supercuts costs me $15 every six weeks, including tip. Most times, I just get it “neatened” and the bangs trimmed back. Every so often, I’ll loiter around until my favorite stylist is available and have her re-style it…again, $15, and she fixes any of the lopsided or heavy issues that have come up in the meantime.
The current so-called style is actually very versatile. Most days, the whole routine involves brushing it out, and picking out a hair tie to keep it out of my face (I loathe having hair in my face…drives me insane!). It doesn’t look good, exactly, but it’s presentable.
When I want to doll it up, I can. And even there, I have a whole spectrum of choices…I can put it in a braid or bun and have it look good with just a couple extra minutes, or do a quick hit with the curlers and look nice, or I can go whole-hog with letting the curlers fully heat and then let them set the full five minutes and use the hair spray and all and have it look fabulous.
And in terms of relative costs…an allegedly low/no daily styling needs haircut costs about $50 and needs maintenance every four week. That’s $600 a year, right?
The Supercuts route every six weeks is $135 annually. That’s $465 in savings for me, which in my mind is easy money. Suitable for use elsewhere, or investing…at 6% annual return and given twenty years to grow, that’s an extra $15,600-ish in my pocket. Sweet!
(Tightwaddery…it has so many uses…)
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