I am determined NOT to spend a bucket load of money on my hair every again. For the past few years, I am roughly guesstimating that I spent nearly $1,000 annually on my hair (relaxer every 2 months, wash/set at salon every 2 months (if not more), plus the cost of products (some of which didn’t use up completely)). Yikes!
No more. Going forward, I refused to spend that much on my hair. (Until I’m ready to get sisterlocks…)
For 2010, I am budgeting
$600 $500 (updated 4/2/2010) for hair-related expenses.
Here’s what I am anticipating:
- 3 salon visits costing about $60 (wash, blowdry, trim, treatment, and tip);
up to 5 kinky twist sets costing about $50 (cost of hair + tip to my friend who does my hair for free)I’m now not so sure that I will have my hair twisted this often. I need to learn to do my ‘do!
- some money left over for that extra salon visit or to replenish products
I decreased my budget on April 2 in anticipation of my big chop on April 3. I figured it would be great if I could get away with spending less than $100 a quarter. I kept an extra $100 in the budget to cover accessories… I will need to be better about “accessorizing” short hair.
I’ll track my hair-related expenditures here.
$11.50, Extra Virgin Coconut Oil, February 2010
$17.65, Cassia Powder 2 100g packs, February 2010
$52, Salon Visit, February 2010
$11.50 Comb, Hair Clips, Elastic Hair Band, February 2010
$4.43 Annual Membership Fee for Boston’s Natural Hair MeetUp Group, February 2010
$6.99 Organix Coconut Milk Shampoo, February 2010
$3.99 ORS Replenishing Pak (Box of 3), February 2010
$75 Wash, BIG CHOP, and Tw0-Strand Twist, April 2010
$2.99 Eocstyler with Olive Oil, April 2010 (Sally’s Beauty Supply), April 2010
$4.29 ORS Nature’s Shine Oil Blend (Sally’s Beauty Supply), April 2010
$0.94 Applicator Brush (Sally’s Beauty Supply), April 2010
$0.99 Bobby Pins, (Sally’s Beauty Supply), April 2010
$4.38 Satin Bonneyt, (Sally’s Beauty Supply), April 2010
$5.00 Sally’s Beauty Supply Card, April 2010 — okay, this was a truly unnecessary purchase
$3.34 Garnier Fructis Fortifying Cream Conditioner Triple Nutrition (Walgreens), April 2010
$3.33 Aussie Moist 3-Minute Miracle (Walgreens), April 2010
$3.99 Headbands (Walgreens), April 2010
$2.50 Garnier Fructis Leave-In Conditioner (CVS), April 2010
$5.29 Hair Clips (CVS), April 2010 — I thought it was on sale and didn’t realize it wasn’t until I got home, UGH!
$20.95 16 oz Golden African Shea Butter
$26.94 African Black Soap Shampoo Kit
Running total: $216.11
(April 7, 2010– short-term goal: To not go exceed $250 before June 30, 2010.) UPDATE: I made it from April 2010 to June 14, 2010 without buying an hair products. Go me!