I wouldn’t necessarily call myself a tomboy. But I’ll gladly claim the title of “low-maintenance”. With everything I do in life, I look for a simpler, more cost-effective way to do it. Maybe it’s because I came from a hard-working family who passed that work ethic on to me. Or maybe it’s because going to college and paying my way caused me to find alternative ways to get by without money. Whatever the reason, it’s hard-wired inside me.
I have nothing against high-maintenance girls. Some of my friends could be considered that. But if you’re anything like me, you would prefer to achieve the high-maintenance look without all the fuss. And price tag.
So, without further ado, here are just a few of my tips that I’ve picked up along the way.
1. Cut your own hair.
I’m not sure why I’m starting with this one, other than it has a bit of shock value, doesn’t it? I mean, cut your own hair? Who does that?
Well, I do. And so do many others, apparently. YouTube has countless videos on how to cut your own hair. I have tried many methods until I found one that I liked and have been using that method ever since. I can’t remember the last time I’ve been to a salon for a hair cut.
If you aren’t ready to try a full cut on yourself, you can always just trim your bangs. That alone will save you money. However you choose to save money on your cut, whether it’s taking length off your ends or just giving your fringe a trim, you must first invest in a good pair of scissors.
This professional scissors has a five-star rating and looks cool, too!
2. Visit a cosmetology school.
Before I learned how to cut my hair, this was where I went to get a haircut. I saved tons of money going to schools instead of a salon. So, if you aren’t willing to try cutting your own hair, this option will still save you money.
Some people have reservations about going to a school for a cut, but let me assure you, the teachers will pair your desired cut with a stylist who has been trained enough to cut it. Not to mention, the teachers are always on the floor inspecting every step of your style so you can feel at ease knowing your hair is in good hands.
This is their grade so you can bet the stylists will take care to do your hair right. When the cut is finished, if you are not satisfied, the teacher will fix your cut. Although, I’ve never needed my styles fixed.
The only con I have ever found going to a salon is the time. Expect to be there a good 2-3 hours depending on your desired cut. That is how thorough they are! For me, it wasn’t a negative thing: I enjoyed the nice reprieve. I got my hair washed, cut and styled for barely anything. If we had a school closer, I’d probably still go just for the pampering. 🙂
3. Dye your own hair.
I know, a lot of what I’m suggesting takes courage if you’ve never attempted these things on your own. But you can totally get great results on your own. Two things I would advise before you try coloring at home, though: do not use a box color and get your supplies at Sally’s Beauty Supplies.
I used a box color for years until my stylist girlfriend had to spend two days getting my dyed black hair back to its original dirty blonde. She made me promise never to use box color again and taught me how to mix color from Sally’s. The price was only slighter higher than what I was already paying.
However, one of the things I LOVE about Sally’s is I rarely pay full price when I shop there. They always have sales for members. Oh, I hear you, the members thing just turned you off…
Let me tell you how easy it is to become a member.: you tell them you want to be a member, they take down your info, you pay them $5 FOR THE YEAR and they hand you over a $5 coupon. For the amount you save at Sally’s it would be foolish to not be a member; it’s technically free. AND if you sign up for their emails, you get exclusives deals and discounts on top of what they offer in the store.
And another thing, if you aren’t sure about something you want to do, ask an associate. I spent nearly half an hour once talking with one about my hair and the best products for it. My hair has seen a night and day difference since I went with her advice.
But wait! There’s more! If you try a product and don’t like it, you return it to the store, no questions asked.
I just love Sally’s! And I’m a low-maintenance girl! Ha!
I’m sure some of you have never heard of epilating and you’re wondering where in the world I’m going with this article. Don’t worry, I didn’t know what it was either until two years ago, but boy, am I glad I found out!
Do you hate shaving? The time it takes, the cost of razors and the prickly feeling an hour after you shave? I hated the latter SO much that I actually resorted to waxing. But, since I’m low-maintenance, I made my wax and strips and for a year, that was my alternative to shaving. Although the results felt amazing, I hated the in-between growth time and the stickiness and the constant burns.
Then I came across epilating. It’s essentially an electric razor but instead of cutting the hair, it pulls the hair out much like it does when you wax. When it boasted the same results as waxing, I knew I had to try it. These are the pros and cons I discovered for myself:
- As soon as you notice the hair growing back you can epilate again without waiting.
- No sticky wax.
- No burns.
- One session lasts weeks.
- Half the time of waxing.
- After a few sessions it’s nearly painless.
- The first time you use it is very painful.
- It is harder for the teeth to grab hairs the finer they are.
- You may need to go over an area more than once.
If you would like to try it, I recommend the Deluxe Epilator. It has ceramic heads which gives you a better experience than ones with metal and helps with your comfort level. I have been using mine for three years now and have no intentions of ever returning to anything else.
5. Sleep with your hair in a bun.
This one is almost a freebie but you’d be surprised how many girls never use this super easy and effective technique!
Even though I get impressive results with a curling iron, I don’t always take the time to do it. When I know I’ll be rushed for time in the morning, I dampen my hair the night before, throw it up in a top bun and when I wake up, my hair is ready for the day.
French braids work just as well, depending on how tight you want your curls.
Alright, I think I’ve spent enough time on these five tips that I hope will save you time and money. I’m sure there are countless lists out there of tips that would fit right in with these five but I gave you ones that might take some time to try if you aren’t already doing them. If you do decide to try any of them, let me know what you think!
What are some low-maintenance tricks you’ve used and love?