Friday, February 1, 2008

Frugal Fridays - Frugal Hair Care

Warning: this frugal tip, like the ever controversial washing of baggies and dumpster diving, may be controversial.

I can feel some of you pulling away from the computer screen now.

My tip concerns hair care for some people. This tip will not suit everyone. Have I given enough disclaimers? O.k, here goes:

Don't wash your hair every day.

Many of you are now recoiling in disgust, hurrying away from what must be the "smelly lady's" blog.

Wait, come back! I smell great, honest! Here's where I'm coming from: washing your hair every day actually strips hair of some of the oils and nutrients it needs. (Makes us sound like cars, doesn't it?) Especially for those of us with dry skin/hair washing a few times a week instead of 7 is actually healthier.

Because one of my favorite non-frugal indulgences is a long hot shower, this has saved our family money in the long run. If I don't wash my hair I don't stay in as long.

In our culture we've bought into the concept that every day washing (lather - rinse - repeat, and be sure to use a whole handful of shampoo!) and every day use of multiple products (gel - spray - styling mud) is somehow better for our heads. Come on, even if that's true are you really going to be flinging your tresses around like those stupid lovely ladies in the commercials? Check out this link if my word isn't good enough.
I am certainly not advocating going around unwashed and smelly. I don't like standing next to those unfortunate souls with poor hygiene in elevators any more than you do. I'm just saying we should re-evaluate our hair care routine and be sure that we are doing what is best instead of what is advertised.
I'm a sucker for a good deal on shampoo and conditioner, Bath & Body Works products of all types, and so on, as much as the next gal. Crystal sure keeps us well informed of the great deals at Wal-greens and CVS for those type items. Just be sure you're not pouring out all your hard earned cash on your head, especially if it isn't ultimately better for you.

3 comments:

Lori - Queen of Dirty Laundry said...

I agree with you completely!

I tell myself I'm being frugal and protecting my hair from damage, but maybe I'm just lazy. Either way, I wash my hair every 2 or 3 days, and I only blow dry/style it on days when I'm going out. Same with makeup.

Amy D said...

I was going to leave a comment, but I can just "ditto" everything Lori said above! :)

Actually, I never thought about it as being frugal! Yay! :)

MacKenzie said...

I started doing this (or would it be more proper to say not doing this) a while ago and my hair is in much better condition. The frugality is just another great benefit.

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