Saving money on hair care.

Hello Dear Reader,

It’s been a long time since I’ve had a hair cut and DB and I went for hair cuts yesterday in our local salon. I used to get it professionally coloured every four weeks and I stopped that in July last year so I have a year’s growth. It’s odd that I felt compelled to colour it for so long  but then it’s odd what women feel socially compelled to do. Men still don’t dye their hair and just go grey.

On the TV you’ll see male and female presenters and she’ll have her hair dyed and he’ll happily be grey. My grey hair is not me ‘giving up dying it’, it’s me being me. Oh, and I’ll keep hold of the £416 a year I was paying to get it coloured as well as the £5 a time tip, adding another £65 (£481) to that. I’ll spend that money on something a lot more fun than keeping up appearances.

So dear female readers, I’m not being brave, radical, subversive as this is just my natural state. Humans age and some of them go grey, white or lose their hair and that’s ok. We don’t have to have the follicular appearance of youthful hair as we are good enough as we are.

You can imagine what I spent the money I saved on…………I sneaked in an extra trip to France mid-term at the end of May, beginning of June, bought an French armoire, some beautiful lamps for my bedroom, a room sized rug, some lovely wine and  entertained friends to a lovely supper. All with the money I saved.

So your hair, my hair, anyone’s hair/appearance/looks is their own and they can do as they please with it! We age and if anyone doesn’t like it, then they can spend a fortune and hours fight it. Me? I’m just going to own it!

Until tomorrow,

Love Froogs xx

 

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47 thoughts on “Saving money on hair care.

  1. My natural hair colour is white. It started going white (no grey here) when I was in my late twenties (I’m 48 now) so if I didn’t colour it it would be completely white all over. I colour it to as near its (previous) natural colour as possible, a light mouse, which matches my eyebrows and looks natural. I have a mobile hairdresser who trims my hair every six weeks and charges £8, and I use half a hair colour (which is usually on offer at £5 in Superdrug) every three weeks and colour it myself with the assistance of a family member for the back. £18 every six weeks for a cut and colour is the cheapest I can do. A few years ago I experimented and dyed it a very light blonde, one of my daughters friends saw us from a distance and asked DD “where you with your nan,?” Much as I hate the job of colouring it I confess I am scared of looking in the mirror and seeing an old lady looking back. Your hair looks great and it must be so liberating, I just don’t feel as brave!

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    • So you’re saying I look like an old lady? You missed my point. I am older. Older women and younger women have grey hair. Do you think the men look older than they are or just their age. Dyed hair just looks dyed.

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  2. You look gorgeous. Truly. And I think dark brown/black hair goes gray so elegantly!

    I have never colored professionally to cover gray.

    I let it come in for years and there came a point with my medium brown hair that it started to look mousy and dull to me. I actually temp colored it purple and later blue (there’s a box kit that requires no bleach to color dark hair — Splat I believe it was called), but mostly I use henna if I’m feeling like I want more color in my hair (I have pretty strong rosacea, so having a richer hair color helps distract from that, I think.) I love the henna because it’s maybe $7 a box, it actually deep conditions my hair when I use it, and it washes out slowly and subtly. There are never any roots — the gray just gradually reappears.

    Something worth playing with, if anyone doesn’t want to color and fuss with roots but wants to feel brighter sometimes. (I can’t speak for all the henna kits, but I use Light Mountain Natural and I get a dark brown shade because any red would just highlight my rosacea. I also use brewed coffee instead of water to keep it on the brown side. One caveat, the last box I used turned my hair faintly green for a day! It wigged me out but once I washed it a second time, all the green washed out and it was lovely. I think some of the herbs that are used to create brown are leaves and contribute a temporary green cast.)

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  3. It really looks lovely. I am still colouring mine, but that’s my choice. I celebrate that we are all different and we are free to choose. I do think your hair suits you.

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  4. I started going grey at 21 I am now 41, but having grown up as the daughter of a hairdresser dyed my hair from the age of 12. I love grey hair but I also love very red hair…so for now I dye and cut mine myself. I never spend more than 10 pounds on 2 boxes of dye, my hair is very thick and long and I do it once a month. I often buy the colour from Wilko at 95p a box. I love the grey in mine because it means I don’t have to bleach it to get it this red….saving money and time. You are right though women should be allowed to grow old like men and not judged! Your hair looks lovely and it has saved you a fortune…win, win!

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  5. I stopped having my hair coloured last September. It’s not as long as yours so all the bleached and dyed hair has gone.
    My natural colour has been such a surprise to me because I’d assumed I had mousey, dull hair. Well, I’ve found out that as well as plenty of ‘natural highlights’ I also have varying interesting shades of brunette! The first five months were the hardest because it just looked like I couldn’t be bothered to get my roots done. Now, my hair colour looks ‘right’ with my face.
    The best part though is the softness of my unchemically treated hair. And I’ve developed a boost in my overall confidence – this is me as I was born to be.
    (Your hair has grown very quickly. The silver hair has ‘lightened’ your whole look.)

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  6. Ha! I have you beat! We’re the same age. I haven’t been to a hairdresser since shortly after I graduated from college in the late 80’s and started working. I decided I didn’t want to waste the better part of a Saturday or paycheck getting my hair done so I let it grow, kept it back in a clip for work, and trimmed my bangs myself. Once eldest DS was born, there was NO WAY I was going to find time to get my hair done,….besides, a ponytail was easiest. I even grew out the bangs. Every now and then I will spend the $4.50 on a box of color to wash out the gray, but mostly, it’s just DH trimming the ends when they get scraggly. Think of the money saved! And, for what it’s worth, I think you look great.

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  7. I decided in April 2016 that I wouldn’t colour my hair anymore. I have never regretted my decision and I get loads of compliments. I think loads of people, men and women worry about going Gray. I think age is in your mind and sometimes in my hip. If you want to colour your hair that’s ok and if you don’t that’s ok too.

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  8. Your new “do” looks lovely. The grey looks so natural and fresh. Our skin tones do change as we age and some “dyes” just don’t match the rest of our complexions. My style is much the same as yours – very low maintenance and easy. I don’t dye either and am pleased to “match ” my hubby.

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  9. I totally agree with you. Just this morning, I decided to make the best of what I am/have. Mind you, in my family, the women’s necks age really badly and I am showing signs of that trait: saggy and lined neck and its very, VERY aging. I have promised myself a neck lift at age 60, solely to make myself feel good about my appearance. It’s not for anyone else, just me. I don’t want to spend the next 30 years looking overly jowly and saggy.

    I have decided not to color my hair. Will let it go grey and live with it, I don’t mind. The neck, however, is another matter altogether. It makes me self conscious and brings me down.

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  10. Your hair looks great. Ali McGraw (from love story) stopped dying her hair and she looks fab too. I am still doing mine but at £5 a go not too bad. I think you need too be at peace with yourself and confident with yourself to make the decision. Not just there for me but that day will come.

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  11. I am nearly 51 have similar hair to you Froogs, dark brown gradually going grey, shoulder length and I love it. I really can’t be doing with the fuss of a regular cut (I used to have a bob, cut every 8 weeks). I probably have it cut once a year for about £10 by our local lovely mobile hairdresser. I like to tie it back as alot of my paid work is outside walking over rough terrain in all weather’s. I am getting older – that’s a fact and the grey hair and laughter lines are all part of that. I’m fully intending to embrace it and am now busy thinking of some nice summer treats to spend my hair care savings on!

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  12. I think you look wonderful!

    I am 38 and have had the odd grey hair coming in since I was 30. I got my hair cut from quite long (due to purposefully not visiting the hairdresser for 18 months) into a short bob this week as it suits my rectangular face. My hope is that as I age I can go grey and just get a cut that suits me and my hair type. This is much to the disapproval of my female relatives who all continue to dye their hair. I always have been the black sheep of the family!

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  13. Your hair looks great and the new haircut really suits you. I stopped colouring my hair three years ago after becoming fed up with the expense and maintainence. The dye left my hair in poor condition and I hated the brassy blonde colour it became after a few washes. The grow out was awful for the first few months and I’m sure lots of comments were made behind my back at work. Once I finally had a full head of grey hair I’ve never regretted it and people have complimented me about the colour. The good thing about grey hair is that your colour will be unique. Dyed hair never is and I particularly dislike the blonde colour women of a certain age end up with.

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  14. The difference in genes is interesting. My husband was gray in his early thirties–silver, actually, and it looks great on him. My daughter,who is now 53, had what looked like lovely blond highlights for a while and frequently was complemented on them. Alas, they were gray streaks and she is now at least, if not MORE gray, than I am at 74. We are both redheads, and while I have plenty of gray, you can still tell that it was red. I did use a home rinse for a while when I was still working and completing with younger people for promotions, but once I got the job I wanted, I stopped even that. I have never had my hair professionally colored. My 25 year old granddaughter has been coloring hers for at least 10 years, if not more. She was a natural blonde as a child and she still puts the blonde highlights in. It looks quite natural on her, except for once or twice when a change of hairdressers got the color too light. She would be dark blonde/light brown if she didn’t color.

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  15. I stopped getting hair cuts many years ago and let it grow long. I give my hair a trim about every six months. I have never colored it and it’s white around my face and the back is still brown. When I wear it up the contrast in the two colors is very striking. I bought a hair cut kit for about $15 and use it to cut my husband’s hair. It’s very easy and we have saved hundreds of dollars over the years. His hair is totally white now, and he looks very distinguished, I think.

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  16. I’ve stopped coloring my once very dark brown and was surprised that around my face it is a lovely white while the rest is still gray. I’ve gotten compliments on the shade when I have it trimmed which is not often. As you say, it is me getting older and no shame in that. The salon savings are now being spent in the kitchen. To answer the question in your previous post, I too am a plodder at saving. The one thing I’ve noticed over the years as a minimalist minded person is that I have a much easier time parting with items I no longer use and don’t choose to buy much. Cheers!

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  17. I love natural hair color on everyone! I’m turning sixty this year and have red hair with white “racing stripes” as I call them. All are welcome to choose for themselves, I just happen to think natural is the most attractive, and the easiest and most frugal.

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  18. I think your hair is lovely froogs. I’m 43 and although still dye my hair, my hair is cheap to maintain. I have short hair which some people may not like but it suits my face, my lifestyle and me more importantly. My mil said men find long hair more attractive but I’m married and I love it myself and I find confidence in oneself is the most attractive thing about anyone so I couldn’t careless. I get it cut about 5 times a year at €20 plus €5 tip and I colour it myself only needing half a box of nice n easy at special offer from superdrug every 8 weeks so around €24 for a year, not bad. I also save on shampoo, conditioner and hairdryer time plus time itself as it’s so easy to maintain. I will be happy to give up the colouring when the time is right for me. Glad you have embraced the grey.

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  19. I have to agree that our hair needs to soften as we age. Everyone has to reach for a solution that suits their face, hair and budget. I love to see people aging disgracefully.

    I have had streaks put in my hair off and on for years. I have limp, greasy mouse hair that was blonde when I was young. The highlighting helped control the limpness and oiliness. But the cost of maintenance is huge. For now I am content to leave my hair be. It has many colours from the Australian sun. However, even age has not slowed down the greasiness. So daily washing is a must.

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  20. Men do dye their hair! Certainly true in Spain and other Mediterranean countries, my Dad decided to stop when he was 80 and then ‘discovered’ a stunning head of pure white hair. Surely what you do with your hair (and your money) is personal choice. I spend my spare pounds on my hair and my appearance, others may choose to spend money on their pets or holidays – some are lucky enpugh to afford all three! I think all choices are valid as long as it’s what you want and not because of external pressure.

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  21. i was at the airport on Friday, and this lady came through from arrivals, with blue sun dress, wedges, striking pink kimono, scarf, lovely white hair in bob style and lipstick to match the kimono. she seemed full of life after a four hour flight, laughing with her friends and looking beautiful, my eyes were just drawn to her, as I’m sure others were.
    I’m not quite there yet I’m sure ive spotted a few hairs here and there, sometimes I think the downside is the inch bit at the roots when the dye has grown out and its neither one thing or another. its just getting my head around it I think when I get there, that getting old feeling I guess, but then I am, just don’t want to accept it yet, but like that lady at the airport, if you just go with it and enjoy that’s the way to do it.

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  22. Good for you, I admire women who stand up for themselves and say,’ this is who I am and if you don’t like it, that’s your problem, not mine.’

    We should be allowed to age the way we want to and not the way that society or media dictates. I remember when The Duchess of Cambridge had a few grey hairs showing and stylist Nicky Clarke slammed her for looking, as he put it, a disaster. That incident caused a fair bit of discussion at work with everyone agreeing that when men go grey they are seen as some sort of hero, but it’s not the same for women. Women so often feel put under pressure to look younger than they are, and sadly some (ridiculous) employers frown upon women having grey hair, its not seen as a sign of vitality.

    Like you, I’m happy to let the grey shine through; if we are happy on the inside it’s going to show on the outside. It doesn’t get any better than that 🙂

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  23. I started colouring my hair when I was 13 and now at the age of 67 I still colour my hair. I love throwing different bright shades of red or copper on my mouse brown hair. I have dead straight, oily hair that needs washing daily ( especially here in the humid Oz climate)
    I get my hair cut into a short bob every 6 weeks and even my hairdresser compliments me on how well I colour my hair, the different shades I pick and the fact that I am still adventurous enough to keep trying new shades.

    I guess there will come a time when I will give up colouring, but as I don’t drink, smoke or gamble it’s my little bit of enjoyment. Plus I never pay full price for any hair colour, always stock up when they are on special!

    I envy women with beautiful thick hair in amazing shades of grey, but somehow I know mine will never look like that unless I throw on a grey wig?

    By the way I note people mentioning ‘tipping’ their hairdresser – what? I have never tipped a hairdresser in 47 yrs of living in Aus – must be a Brit tradition!

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  24. Great to see you embraced your grays. Too many women think they need to spend big bucks at the salon as they are told they must by the people who charge them hundreds to put the toxic chemicals on their head. One very smart move is that you have not chopped all of your hair off. Short hair ages a woman horribly, while short hair requires more expensive trips to the salon to keep it in shape to keep from having a scraggly mullet look. I am not quite ready to embrace my grays yet as they are limited to the top of my head, seems mostly around my part. I have my husband apply henna for me every 4-6 weeks to cover them and it gives me great deep conditioning. The color is natural looking and I see the different shades, rather than the plastic monotone look of the salon and box color. My husband looks handsome with the salt and pepper and he refuses to color his. He tells me I should embrace my grays, it will be ok, but he does like how my hair color looks and how soft it leaves my hair so he does it for me. He likes my hair long nearly as much as I do. It reaches past my elbows and I have no intention of chopping it off. So I fully trust him to take the shears to my locks every couple months to trim my damaged ends and keep them looking well groomed. My hair doesnt grow evenly, and I hate when the ends look uneven, so I won’t go beyond two months before I tell him I need a trim and he is very meticulous in ensuring they are even. I know I am saving hundreds of dollars a year having him cut my hair and color it for me, and I get compliments on my hair. My best friend was sharing how she hated going to the salon because she gotten a string of horrible hairdressers and asked who did mine as she said mine looked great and it had been nearly a year since her last trip to the salon and she wanted to get her hair cut. She was a bit suprised when I told her hubby wields the shears and does my color. She then asked if she could watch how he does my hair next time he cuts it for me, I said sure and she stopped by. My hubby smiled when I told him and he said I think she is hinting that she wants me to cut her hair, if you want me to I will. So as my husband finished up my haircut and took the cape to shake it off the deck, he told my friend, have a seat you are next. She said great and he gave her a haircut. She was very pleased and got a lot of compliments at work. She called me and said a couple coworkers want to book appointments. I told her I will share my stylist with her, but don’t want my house turned into a walk in salon.

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  25. I stopped coloring 2 summers ago. I colored my hair auburn for over 20 years and was kind of wondering what my real hair looked like. I

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  26. Years ago, I started going out for meals, cinema, theatre with a charming man, a widower – until he assured me one evening that I needn’t feel embarrassed about having silver hair as his late wife also had silver hair and he was used to it.
    That was the end of that little partnership!!!

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  27. Grey hair really suits you Froogs!

    My skin tone (I discovered after of chemo when my hair came back mostly grey and n the most amazing ringlets – alas the ringlets did not last!) does not suit grey. I look as washed out and unhealthily pasty as one of the Walking Dead. 🙂

    It didn’t take me long to reach again for the lovely Lush henna and resume my natural-for-my- temperament red tones. Like you I can’t be bothered with regular cuts – I get mine done once every 6-12 months and tend to go shorter in summer and let it grow over winter so I have a warm neck when out on the allotment and in the garden.

    Similarly my colour changes with season – tending towards the redder henna in spring and summer and going more the browner ones in winter (but I mix Lush’s colours to get a tone that works for me). Hennaing my hair is my home pampering treatment – I have no idea what it is that’s in Lush henna but it’s the best conditioning treatment I’ve ever had for my hair two. Kills two birds with one stone – colour and condition 🙂

    I fully intent to be rocking a bright red barnet well into my 80s to go with the awesome tattoos 🙂 And like you adopt the attitude of ‘who cares what anyone else thinks’ – my hair, my body and my decisions what to do with both.

    I think we should all embrace being ourselves no matter what form that takes!

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  28. Your hair looks great! I’m 52, stopped dying mine 5 years ago. I’ve never looked back. I love that natural look … dyed hair looks so fake against older skin. I use one of those shampoos once a week that is meant to stop the grey looking brassy – works a treat and a bottle lasts 6 months.

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  29. I used to dye my hair myself but gave up because I couldn’t be bothered anymore. Luckily for me I was a blonde so I just think my grey hair is fair hair. Suits me.

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  30. As ever such interesting stuff here. I like the encouragement to speak up and be yourself. I love going to get my hair done. It’s my one indulgence which I save up for and pay for in cash so I know what I am handing over. When I had a lot less money I just saved for a much longer time and then went. I am the principle ‘doer’ in my family so a bit of time on the receiving end having my hair washed and styled is the same as a mini holiday to me. However I love the look on you Froogs. You have beautiful eyes and they certainly stand out with your natural hair colour. x

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  31. http://50nuancesdegris.canalblog.com/ Voici le blog qui donne du courage !!! J’ai sauté le pas il y a 3 ans et il a fallu tenir bon… J’ai eu 3 regards différent, des femmes qui viennent te parler en te disant que j’ai bien du courage qu’elles n’oseraient pas… D’autres qui déteste absolument ! Et ceux que j’ai converti la semaine suivante^^ Je suis si bien avec mes cheveux naturels je suis moi et c’est tout ce qui compte…

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  32. I love your hair that colour. I had chemo for breast cancer two years ago. Before treatment I had shoulder length curly dark hair, that I had dyed by a hairdresser every four weeks. Having lost my hair with the chemo my hair grew back completely white. I loved it. And I loved the short hair. My long curly hair is gone, replaced by a white spikey crop. I would never have dreamed of having this style if it hadn’t been for the chemo. It’s an ill wind that blows no good.

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    • Similar with me. I’ve been self-conscious for years about a supposed flat crown and always spend “ages” using mousse and tongs to lift my hair ( always very fine and pin-straight with no “body” ) .After chemo, I was so pleased that the shorter-than-ever cut got me compliments that I’m keeping it. The downside is that it needs more frequent cutting……

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