Cutting down on everyday expenses means learning how to do things on your own.
That’s exactly what I did when I became a stay-at-home mom.
Gone are the days I would go to the salon for a simple wash and blow out, or to dye my roots.
Since learning how to do my own hair, I went from spending almost $150 a month at the salon to spending close to $20 on box dyes. Of course, you have to factor in the amount of electricity I use blow-drying my hair.
The good news is, I only straighten my hair at least once a month, so that helps.
Comfort In A Box
I’ve always been told at-home dyes are similar to the ones they use at the salon. It’s all about the technique. My uncle would always tell me how he dyes his wife’s hair every month. How awesome is that?
By purchasing at-home hair dye kits, I save on cash and time. Time is important when you’re home with your kids, and sometimes you don’t have an hour to spend at a salon. When you’re there, you’re on the hairstylist’s time. I rather be on my time, and do things when I can. I will admit that it does mean I end up with dark roots every two months. I just have to stay on top of it. Eventually, I’ll set up a schedule for that too.
For less than $60, I dyed my naturally medium brown hair to golden ash. My hair has natural red streaks in it, so I would have to add a special treatment to help minimize the amount of natural red that mixes in with the box dye. Personally, I like the color it’s turned out to be.
Using an at-home hair dye kit allows me time with the kids. While they nap, play or eat a snack, I apply the hair dye and let it work it’s magic as I make dinner or clean up.
My hair has grown so much over the years. It’s at about an inch above my waist. When my hair was shoulder-length, it would take an hour at the salon. Could you imagine how much time it would take now?
Getting Dolled Up Dressing up is rare in our home. Unless we’re reuniting with family and friends, or going out to dinner with our little family, I rarely ever wear pants. Now, our firstborn does the same.
Moving to South Florida meant starting over, and finding the right hairstylist, eyebrow-threading place and nail salon would take research. As much as I don’t mind researching things for my family, finding the right beauty spots is more of a headache than a blessing. My hair is curly and thick, and because it’s long, some salons see this as a money-making opportunity.
I get it, curly hair isn’t as easy as straight, but it’s still hair.
I’ve created my own hair regimen: wash, air-dry, blow-dry and (it necessary) flat-iron it. On most days, I just wash and use leave-in conditioner to help minimize the frizziness.
Regardless of whether or not I straighten my hair or leave it curly, it always ends up in a top bun.
If you’re looking to minimize the amount of money you spend beautifying yourself every month, you’ll need to keep a couple of things in mind:
1. Realize you’re already beautiful.
I know this might seem silly, but you can spend a lot of time and money trying to perfect yourself when you’re only covering up insecurities. No matter what shade you dye your hair or what makeup you throw on, you’ll always wake up with the same face. Learn to love yourself first.
2. Try (almost) everything.
Whether you’re trying to eliminate or minimize the amount of frizz in your hair, you have to read up on the different products available. I remember when I went back to using silicone in my hair. After years of not using it, my hair was healthy again. I used it because a YouTube user suggested it for curls. I didn’t think twice about the impact it would have on my hair.
3. Learn the techniques.
I didn’t go to beauty school to learn how do my hair. I watched how the hairstylists did it. Every hairstylist has their own technique, but you can pretty much pick up on the basics such as the type of brush and products they use on your hair. Observe the steps, and practice them often.
4. Make time for yourself.
Straightening my hair takes at least 45 minutes. There are 24 hours in a day, I find time in a month or two to do it because it makes me feel nice. It also means I don’t have to worry about going out with my damp hair all the time.
I hope you try a couple of these tips or at least remember numbers one and four. They can really change the way you view yourself.
Former B2B editor and marketer turned Family & Lifestyle blogger. Fatima is passionate about life and being social.
When she isn't running around with her husband, three kids, and two pups, Fatima helps other bloggers and local businesses with their online marketing strategy.
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