I have had a number of various haircuts in my life, and even though I have pretty good hair (it's thick and wavy and generally easy to style), I tend to be like most people in that once I leave the salon, it never looks like that ever again.
Well, that is, unless I'm willing to buy lots of hair care products and spend way too much time blowing it dry. And even then, it still doesn't look like it did when I got up from that chair.
That's all changed since I found the most awesome hairstylist who just so happens to charge $150 a cut. But let me tell you, it's worth every single penny.
Look, I'm a single mom of four kids, so trust me when I say that I get living on a budget. And rewind a few years ago, I would have thought a person spending that much money on a haircut was crazy.
I might still secretly think I'm a little crazy, actually. But don't tell anyone.
But you guys, my hair has never looked so good with me doing pretty much absolutely nothing to it. Look at the photo!
It's so awesome that I'm willing to save my pennies to spend it on these pricey haircuts every couple of months.
Yes, the salon color certainly helps. But even if I weren't getting regular dye jobs, I will from now on have my hair done by this amazing stylist.
The first time he cut my hair, I actually didn't even need to put product in it. I would wash it at night, sleep with it wet, and wake up and go right out the door.
Now I do put a little bit of a beach spray in it, either when I wash it at night or during the day. And I use a very good shampoo and conditioner (which really does make a difference if you're wondering).
In either case, I let it air dry, maybe scrunch it a bit with my fingers, and go on my merry way.
I am the first person to be very skeptical about someone charging that much, especially when I used to think $50 was a lot for a haircut. But when he sat there and played with my hair for awhile, asked me a ton of questions about my lifestyle, what I did for a living, how much time I had to spend on my hair, I knew he was on to something.
And then, when I didn't have to do a thing to it for it to look like it had been styled in the salon, well, that clinched it for me.
The best part is that I get compliments all the time on how great my hair looks -- when I'm leaving the gym, of all places. In fact, my hair actually looks better after I've worked out and sweated a bit.
Sure, I could blow it dry or use a straightening iron if I really wanted to. But seriously, who has time for that? I definitely don't.
As a single working mom, time is money. I'm willing to spend the extra upfront to save the time it would take me to keep it up on a daily basis.
Plus, it forced me to budget a little better so I could afford the extra. And I'm not gonna lie: Great hair = happy mom = happy kids. That might sound like a little bit of a stretch, but given how thrilled I am with the results and how much extra time and energy I have, I'm going with it.
Would you spend $150 on a haircut?
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