Did you grow up loving your natural hair? I didn’t. During my middle school years, the gold standard for hairstyle among girls were pin-straight locks that fell like a curtain down the back (think Gwyneth Paltrow’s hair below):
My hair, however, was thick and wavy and unruly. Despite spending $30 on a straight iron and anti-frizz serums (a considerable sum when you’re 12 and have no income) at the local drugstore, my hair remained stubbornly wavy. 10 years later, I got a straight (magic) perm at a Korean salon. After sitting in the stylist’ chair for 3 hours, not touching, washing, or pinning my hair for 3 days, and paying $250 for the privilege, my waves were finally coaxed into submission.
The perm did its job. My hair stayed stick-straight for a year. When my hair finally grew out, however, I decided against spending another $250-$350 for a magic perm. That’s a fair deal of money, and besides, I’m no longer in middle school. The cool girls won’t pick on me because my hair doesn’t conform to their ideal. Another reason is I’m afraid of the damage consistent chemical treatments will do to my hair. I decided to save money by embracing my natural, wavy, locks.
So, I went to my stylist and I asked her to give me a cut that will play up my waves. She did, and it looks great. Best of all, I don’t have to do anything – I let my hair air dry, scrunch in a bit of a curling creme at the most, and I’m ready to go. The fact that I save money every time by NOT doing the straight perm is another bonus.
The best way for me to keep both my hair healthy and my wallet happy is to get a cut that works with my hair length and texture (and when in doubt, go for longer cuts). This minimizes the time and energy I have to spend on my daily haircare routine, so I have more time and money to do other things. Though I can’t say I’ll never head back to the salon for treatments (this Brazilian Blowout sounds intriguing), I am happily embracing my natural hairstyle for now.
Do you like your natural hair? Does the desire to save money influence your hairstyle decisions?
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