Money has been on my (mad) mind a bit…you know, ever since I upped and quit my job last summer. Sure, I got a new job (with a handsome boss) but the pay is lots less than what I was making before. And in truth, money has always been something I’ve thought hard about, even as a little girl. I can get all ninja psychoanalyst and tell you the root of why I feel the way I do, but let’s not waste your time. Since you’re already here though, I thought I’d start a running conversation about some ways I am trying to cut spending, save greenbacks, but still live life in between.
Last time we chatted I talked about using stuff up and as an update: I’ve already used up two lip products and the washer ate two of them (coincidentally ruining Hubs clothes in the process). This is not helping us in the saving money department as much as I had hoped. But, at least I’m whittling them down with persistent dedication/ineptness – so go me!
Today’s topic: Dyeing my own hair
A confession: I’m only a half-blonde. You know the type. The type that started off as a sweet and innocent blonde kid/young adult, but now her angry roots come in as a green/ash-y/cat-pukey brown color. Once the sun has at it; it morphs back into something reminiscent of a sunny semi-pleasing blonde hue again. But, it always looks dyed, even when it’s not. As soon as the days grow shorter and the sun heads south of the equator, my roots stage a mutiny and take over my hair life. I’m forced to highlight the heck out of it. Have you any idea how expensive, in both time and money, highlights are – especially for fast growing long hair? It costs a small fortune. No wait, it actually costs a fortune. I was super stingy about it before but now that I’m on a tight budget, I’m even more so. In fact, I haven’t gotten highlights in almost a year.
Instead, I’ve taken to highlighting my own hair. It’s DIY at it’s finest and I’ve been saving SO MUCH MONEY!!!!!
In addition saving SO MUCH MONEY!!!!!, I’ve been walking around looking like a complete dweeb because, turns out, highlighting my own hair is a talent I do not possess. See?
I have random bright blonde SPOTS (that go 20 layers deep), and dirty roots playing right along side general orange-y hair drama. You can’t really grasp the hideousness of it all, but it’s bad. It looks far from decent, and I’m self conscious of it.
I told Hubs I can’t do it anymore. I have to find some sort of compromise. From here on out, I’m going to do a mix of getting it professionally done and doing it myself. So, in essence, this is a Mad Money FAIL. I tried to save the green but it just didn’t work out.
How about you – any Mad Money fails that you’d like to let your hair down and vent about?