How often do you wash your hair? Would you wash it less if you knew how much money it could save you?
I used to wash my hair everyday. Now I wash it every three or four days. I slowly began stretching out the days in between washings after my sister told me my body – and the oil it produces – would naturally adjust. Fewer washings = less time spent cleaning and drying my overly thick hair. (Having wet hair for hours in the winter is not fun. If I blow dry it, it gets dry and frizzy. If I air-dry it, I get cold. If I put a hat on, it dries flat.)
Grossed out? You’d be surprised how many compliments I get on day three and four, when my hair lays flat and shines. Here’s how a typical conversation goes.
“Your hair looks great. What did you do to it?”
“Not washed it in three days.”
Recently I decided to crunch the numbers and see how much my, er, dirty habit, is saving me. (I also save money by getting cheap hair cuts and opting to go gray naturally, even though there are ways to save money on hair coloring.)
One 13 fluid ounce bottle of Garnier Fructis Shampoo costs me $2.99 at Target (less if I use coupons)
One 13 fluid ounce bottle of Garnier Fructis Conditioner costs me $2.99 at Target (less if I use coupons)
I go through conditioner a bit faster than shampoo, as I use the latter sparingly on my roots and scalp only. (A salon stylist once told me that shampoo can dry out hair and that my strands get all the cleaning they need when I rinse. Plus, it’s only the hair on the crown of my head that gets oily.)
I use approximately two teaspoons of shampoo and one tablespoon of conditioner every wash. That means I get 39 washes out of every bottle of shampoo. If I shampoo every 3.5 days, a bottle lasts me 136 days or4.5 months. My conditioner lasts 26 washes, or 91 days (3 months). So I spend roughly $20 on shampoo and conditioner every year by washing my hair every 3.5 days.
If I washed my hair everyday for a year, my shampoo and conditioner costs would add up to $69.23. That’s a saving’s of $49 – or 71 percent. Granted, it took me a very long time to let my hair and scalp slowly adjust, but not only do I save hours every week but I’m saving $49 a year!
How do you extend the life of your beauty products?