11ish years ago..I was getting ready for a date with my boyfriend (now husband) and I asked “how does my hair look”. Keep in mind I had spent a LOT of time and effort on coloring, washing, blow drying, and flat ironing. He responded “well, it’s a little frizzy”. 😳 Now if you’re a man reading this, I would encourage you not to be as honest as my husband was to my question. Sometimes it’s ok to lie, and in fact encouraged in certain scenarios like the above.
I share that story as a reminder that..with or without investing my time and energy, my hair is likely still going to be a little frizzy. So why bother right? If you read my post about my No Spend Year, you know I started off with a goal of not buying any clothes, shoes or accessories. Then you may have read my makeup free post, and how I’ve been rocking 2019 makeup free.
Since I’m on a roll, and have set some lofty financial goals for our family this year, I started thinking about other areas that I spend a lot of time and money on. I do believe I spend on average around $750ish on my hair. How much do you spend on average? This is for upkeep on coloring every 10 weeks to cover up grey, shampoo and dry shampoo. I’m already a pretty big minimalist compared to some in the hair arena, since I don’t really use any products besides dry shampoo..a LOT of dry shampoo. But if I spend $750 a year for 40 years of hair maintenance, that adds up to $30,000 over my lifetime. 😳💸💸💸
See above mention on my lofty financial goals? I have decided I could allocate that $750 towards my final debt payoff, or for a down payment on our first investment property. Either one will give me better returns than a few people saying “oh your hair looks really good” for a day or two after my hair appointment. 💁♀️
So I’ve decided to try and skip the salon and add that to my No Spend Year. In the process, something else unexpected happened. I stumbled across all these women rocking the #grombre on IG, and it turns out this is trending now. So I will be totally trending, will get to see what my natural color that I’ve covered up the past twenty years (mixed with greys) will look like, and also set an example for my daughter who said “I don’t know why you would want to cover up your natural beauty anyway”. Dang..little wise old soul for the win. 🤓
And as a side bar, I also have stopped wasting time and money washing every day or every other day like I used to. I can use that hour of time to read, or write a blog post for you lovely folks, or hang with my family. I stole a hat from my husband, and can rock that dirty pony for up to 5 days. You read that write..5 days! My dirty pony goes great with my makeup free face. I have honestly never felt more confident than I do now and that is ALL that matters.
So if you haven’t thought about your hair lately, stop and think about it. How much time and money are you investing? Are you happy with your returns? If so..great..keep doing what you’re doing and I will be that person who gives you compliments after you get your hair did. If not, feel free to come rock the dirty pony and #grombre with me this year!