I got my hair cut yesterday. This would not normally be a newsworthy event, but in my case it had been 14 months since I had a hair cut. Last time, I went to what I consider to be a pricey salon (I think I paid about $50), and got a really great hair cut. I’ve noticed that when I go to really cheap salons, my hair starts to look funky after just a few months. But the hair cut I got last winter actually still looked pretty good, even yesterday. I had noticed that my ends were getting a bit dead-looking, and decided that 14 months was long enough. I waited so long for several reasons: Obviously money is always a factor. Then there’s time, which is usually scarce. And the fact that my hair was still looking pretty good meant that I wasn’t all that motivated to get it cut.
I decided to go back to the same salon, in hopes that I could get another great cut that would last another year. I got a less-expensive stylist this time (luck of the draw – she was available when I had time), and the cut was $35 (plus a $10 tip). She did a fantastic job, and I think I’m good for the rest of the year. I know that $45 for a year of hair care is pretty darn cheap, but when I went to pay for my cut, the lady in front of me was paying $295 for a cut, color, some hair products, and tip. And they booked her another appointment for six weeks out (her cut was really short and edgy – probably wouldn’t look so good after 14 months). When I heard her price, I promptly forgot all about thinking my own cut was expensive, and happily paid my $45.
The stylist mentioned that she was only taking off about 1/2 inch of hair to get rid of the dead ends when she cut my hair. This reaffirmed my belief that less is more when it comes to hair styling. I never use heat or styling products on my hair (my blow dryer is in our son’s room – we use it to dry his diaper area before we put a fresh diaper on him, and it’s great for preventing diaper rash). I wash my hair every two or three days, either using baking soda or Dr. Bronner’s liquid soap. I use vinegar as a conditioner. And that’s it. By skipping heat and chemicals, my hair doesn’t get damaged, and it can actually make it 14 months between cuts without turning into something that scares small children. Baking soda and vinegar are very inexpensive, and the $13 bottle of Dr. Bronners that I bought last August is still half full, even though we use it for our son’s baths, to wash our faces, and as shampoo. So all in all, my hair expenses are minimal, even though I went to a fancy salon.