hair http://www.wisebread.com/taxonomy/term/1360/all en-US Best Money Tips: Ways to Cut Hair Care Costs http://www.wisebread.com/best-money-tips-ways-to-cut-hair-care-costs <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/best-money-tips-ways-to-cut-hair-care-costs" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://www.wisebread.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/5479434966_fc2c9acc05_z_1.jpg" alt="Ways to Cut Hair Care Costs" title="Ways to Cut Hair Care Costs" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="141" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>Welcome to Wise Bread's <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/topic/best-money-tips">Best Money Tips</a> Roundup! Today we found some great articles on ways to cut hair care costs, rules for regifting, and getting the most from social security.</p> <h2>Top 5 Articles</h2> <p><a href="http://money.msn.com/frugal-living/post.aspx?post=e7cb42f7-bcf9-4cc8-bf7a-0ff228c3089e&amp;ref=bfv">19 ways to cut hair care costs</a> &mdash; Choosing a low-maintenance cut is a good way to save on hair care costs. [MSN Money]</p> <p><a href="http://www.creditsesame.com/blog/5-rules-for-regifting/">5 Rules for Regifting</a> &mdash; If you plan on regifting this holiday season, make sure to rewrap before regifting. [Credit Sesame]</p> <p><a href="http://www.kiplinger.com/magazine/archives/get-the-most-from-social-security.html">Get the Most From Social Security</a> &mdash; To get the most from social security, hold off on filing for your benefits for as long as possible. [Kiplinger]</p> <p><a href="http://www.moneycrashers.com/fun-cheap-things-do-kids/">10 Fun &amp; Cheap Things to Do With Your Kids</a> &mdash; Have some cheap fun with your kids by going to a bowling alley or kid friendly restaurant. [Money Crashers]</p> <p><a href="http://www.bargaineering.com/articles/15-stocking-stuffers-suck.html">15 Stocking Stuffers that Don't Suck</a> &mdash; Movie tickets and gift cards are just a couple stocking stuffers that don't suck. [Bargaineering]</p> <h2>Other Essential Reading</h2> <p><a href="http://www.giftcardgranny.com/blog/free-gift-card-with-purchase/">15 Companies Offering Free Gift Card With Purchase</a> &mdash; This holiday season, companies such as Best Buy and Red Lobster are offering free gift cards with purchase. [Gift Card Granny]</p> <p><a href="http://www.moneytalksnews.com/2012/12/14/6-reasons-why-you-should-rent-not-buy/">6 Reasons Why You Should Rent, Not Buy</a> &mdash; Sometimes it's better to rent instead of buy a home because you might not qualify for a mortgage. [Money Talks News]</p> <p><a href="http://www.freemoneyfinance.com/2012/12/real-estate-101-taxes.html">Real Estate 101: Taxes</a> &mdash; One of the tax benefits of rental property is is the depreciation of the property you purchased. [Free Money Finance]</p> <p><a href="http://www.savvysugar.com/Cool-Upcycling-Projects-24338804">111 Upcycling Ideas That Will Blow Your Mind</a> &mdash; Consider making cork coasters with your leftover wine corks or a dyed rope vase with any extra rope you have. [SavvySugar]</p> <p><a href="http://parentingsquad.com/8-tips-to-help-your-kids-sleep-while-away-for-the-holidays">8 Tips to Help Your Kids Sleep While Away for the Holidays</a> &mdash; One of the best ways to make sure your kid sleep while away for the holidays is to make things like home as possible. [Parenting Squad]</p> <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/best-money-tips-ways-to-cut-hair-care-costs" class="sharethis-link" title="Best Money Tips: Ways to Cut Hair Care Costs" rel="nofollow">ShareThis</a><br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/ashley-jacobs">Ashley Jacobs</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/best-money-tips-ways-to-cut-hair-care-costs">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-1"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/how-to-sell-your-hair-for-cash">How to Sell Your Hair for Cash</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/14-beauty-products-youre-using-that-actually-do-nothing">14 Beauty Products You&#039;re Using That Actually Do Nothing</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/5-hair-conditioners-you-can-make-at-home">5 Hair Conditioners You Can Make at Home</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/10-spa-treatments-you-can-do-at-home">10 Spa Treatments You Can Do at Home</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/is-green-tea-all-its-cracked-up-to-be-its-close">Is Green Tea All It&#039;s Cracked Up to Be? It&#039;s close.</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div> Health and Beauty beauty best mone tips hair hair care Mon, 17 Dec 2012 11:00:30 +0000 Ashley Jacobs 959888 at http://www.wisebread.com 9 Helpful (and Weird) Uses for Hair and Excess Pet Fur http://www.wisebread.com/9-helpful-and-weird-uses-for-hair-and-excess-pet-fur <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/9-helpful-and-weird-uses-for-hair-and-excess-pet-fur" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://www.wisebread.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/hair_cut.jpg" alt="Haircut" title="Haircut" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="180" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>There are several things &mdash; from plastic bags to old clothes &mdash; that I make a regular effort to reuse. Plastic bags mean no need to buy expensive bubble wrap. Clothes too stained to keep wearing make great cleaning rags.</p> <p>But there are some things that I've never thought about recycling, like hair. And especially not those great fluffy tufts of fur that come from brushing cats and dogs. But, of course, there are clever folks out there who have thought of a use for everything...even if some of the uses aren't all that pleasant. Read on to find ways to recycle, upcycle, and reuse hair and fur.&nbsp;(See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/how-to-sell-your-hair-for-cash">How to Sell Your Hair for Cash</a>)</p> <h2>1. Wig Making</h2> <p>The most realistic wigs are made out of, well, real hair. <a href="http://www.locksoflove.org/">Locks of Love</a> is perhaps the most well-known organization to take human hair and turn it into wigs (for &quot;financially disadvantaged children...suffering from long-term medical hair loss&quot;). Similar organizations include <a href="http://www.wigsforkids.org/financial-donations">Wigs for Kids</a> and Pantene's <a href="http://www.pantene.com/en-us/beautiful-lengths-cause/pages/default.aspx">Beautiful Lengths</a>.</p> <h2>2. Crafting</h2> <p>There is an entire book dedicated to <a href="http://www.amazon.com/Crafting-Cat-Hair-Kaori-Tsutaya/dp/1594745250">crafting with cat hair</a>. Have a different furry friend? Maybe you'd prefer to <a href="http://www.amazon.com/Knitting-Dog-Hair-Better-Sweater/dp/0312152906/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&amp;s=books&amp;qid=1308262718&amp;sr=8-1">knit with dog hair</a>.</p> <h2>3. Making Yarn</h2> <p>This is a subset of crafting, but it's worth it's own mention &mdash; there is a company that will take your dog or cat fur and <a href="http://www.vipfibers.com/">spin it into yarn</a>.</p> <h2>4. Cleaning Up Oil Spills</h2> <p>Human hair &mdash; as well as animal fur and feathers &mdash; is great at soaking up oil, plus its biodegradable. Nonprofit organization <a href="http://www.matteroftrust.org">Matter of Trust</a> has, in the past, set up collections of hair during oil spill crises to help with clean-up efforts.</p> <h2>5. Gardening</h2> <p>Human hair clippings can be added to your compost pile. Some also claim that many garden pests dislike the smell of human hair, and sprinkling hair clippings around your garden can help keep those nosy critters out.</p> <h2>6. Solar Power</h2> <p>A boy in Nepal invented a solar panel that, according to <a href="http://gizmodo.com/5355137/forget-silicon-this-teenagers-solar-panel-uses-human-hair-as-a-conductor">Gizmodo</a>, &quot;uses human hair as a conductor.&quot;</p> <h2>7. Tying Flies</h2> <p>Several fly fishing forums and blogs extol the benefits of using dog hair or fur to tie flies. One fly tying site even sells <a href="http://www.deschutesangler.com/Fly+Tying/Hair+and+Fur/Temple+Dog">dog fur</a>.</p> <h2>8. Jewelry</h2> <p>The Victorians fashioned elaborate jewelry out of human hair, often to help remember a loved one. You can see some examples on the <a href="http://www.hairworksociety.org/">Victorian Hairwork Society website</a>.</p> <h2><span style="font-weight: bold;">9.</span> Screwing With Junk&nbsp;Mail Companies (and More)</h2> <p>Finally, I leave you with this not-so-serious (and occasionally, a little gross) video that offers many options for recycling dog hair, including screwing with <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/how-to-remove-yourself-from-mailing-lists-and-eliminate-junk-mail">junk mail</a> senders.</p> <object width="640" height="390"> <param name="movie" value="http://www.youtube.com/v/QWa3IkLZLOk&amp;hl=en_US&amp;feature=player_embedded&amp;version=3" /> <param name="allowFullScreen" value="true" /> <param name="allowScriptAccess" value="always" /><embed width="640" height="390" src="http://www.youtube.com/v/QWa3IkLZLOk&amp;hl=en_US&amp;feature=player_embedded&amp;version=3" type="application/x-shockwave-flash" allowfullscreen="true" allowscriptaccess="always"></embed></object><p><a href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QWa3IkLZLOk&amp;feature=player_embedded">Watch video</a></p> <p><em>Do you know of any good (or weird!) uses for human hair or pet fur? Share them in the comments.</em></p> <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/9-helpful-and-weird-uses-for-hair-and-excess-pet-fur" class="sharethis-link" title="9 Helpful (and Weird) Uses for Hair and Excess Pet Fur" rel="nofollow">ShareThis</a><br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/meg-favreau">Meg Favreau</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/9-helpful-and-weird-uses-for-hair-and-excess-pet-fur">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-2"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/the-ultimate-green-workout">The Ultimate &quot;Green&quot; Workout</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/15-wonderful-uses-for-witch-hazel">15 Wonderful Uses for Witch Hazel</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/how-to-sell-your-hair-for-cash">How to Sell Your Hair for Cash</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/4-cheap-and-easy-homemade-mosquito-repellents">4 Cheap and Easy Homemade Mosquito Repellents</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/make-money-recycling">Make Money Recycling: Get Paid to Recycle by 15 Websites</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div> Green Living Health and Beauty gardening hair pets recycling Fri, 17 Jun 2011 10:24:06 +0000 Meg Favreau 583933 at http://www.wisebread.com How to Sell Your Hair for Cash http://www.wisebread.com/how-to-sell-your-hair-for-cash <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/how-to-sell-your-hair-for-cash" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://www.wisebread.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/3460102305_d39f6975e0_z.jpg" alt="haircut" title="haircut" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="167" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>I first read of selling hair in Les Miserables when Fantine sold her head of gold to clothe her daughter Cosette. The hair trade just seems like such an archaic idea, but actually high quality hairpieces are still made from real human hair and there is a huge market for sourcing natural hair. Here are some tips and information on how to sell your tresses for cash. (See also: <a title="8 Fun Ways to Make Money" href="http://www.wisebread.com/8-fun-ways-to-make-money">8 Fun Ways to Make Money</a>)</p> <h3>1. Leave your hair untreated</h3> <p>Most wig makers want &quot;virgin hair&quot; that has no chemical treatment. Virgin hair is generally less damaged and would last longer in a hair piece. They also look more natural and could stand additionally treatment. So if you want to sell your hair, make sure you do not dye, perm, or bleach it.</p> <h3>2. Grow your hair out</h3> <p>Generally you need at least 10 inches of hair to be able to make a sale. This is because natural hair is usually not the same length and not all the hair is usable. Hair buyers generally want long continuous lengths of hair to make extensions and wigs.</p> <h3>3. Take good care of yourself and your hair</h3> <p>Healthy hair that shines fetch a better price in the open market. Some basic tips I have read are to brush your hair gently, eat well, and do not take any drugs since hair retains traces of the drugs you take. Also, it is best not to <a title="DIY Shampoo: The Baking Soda Experiment" href="http://www.wisebread.com/diy-shampoo-the-baking-soda-experiment">shampoo</a> your hair every day because that would strip your hair of its natural oils. Smoking is also detrimental to your hair because the scent usually stays long after you light up a cigarette.</p> <h3>4. List and market your hair</h3> <p><a title="Hairwork" href="http://www.hairwork.com">Hairwork</a> and <a href="http://onlinehairaffair.com/"><span style="text-decoration: underline;">Online Hair Affair</span></a> are two sites that specialize in hair trading classifieds. The first site costs $20 to post an ad, and the second offers listings starting at $10. They allow you to post a description of your hair, pictures, and your price. It is usually recommended that you get paid first and then cut your hair at a professional salon and bundle the hair in a pony tail or braid. You could also try to auction your hair on eBay or post a classified ad on Craigslist, but I think your chances are much better on the sites specializing in hair.</p> <p>How much can you make? The price buyers are willing to pay really depends on the color, length, and quality of your hair. Also, if you market it well you would have better results. Some sold listings have great photographs and descriptions. For example, one woman on specified that she grew her hair with the intention to sell and took very good care of it, and she managed to sell it for over $1000 in just a week. It took her four years to grow that hair, but $1000 is still a good return on something that is fairly painless to give up. It also seems that her research into the hair trade led to a healthy lifestyle, and that is a great bonus for her.</p> <p>If you are cutting your long locks but do not want to sell it, you can always donate it to <a title="Locks of Love" href="http://www.locksoflove.org/">Locks of Love</a>. This is a great charity that makes wigs for children who have lost their hair due to cancer and other diseases. Since wigs are considered cosmetic they are not covered by insurance and a lot of families cannot afford a wig made from human hair. The wigs Locks of Love gives out really provide self esteem for affected children. Their guideline for hair donation is <a title="donation guidelines" href="http://www.locksoflove.org/donate.html">posted here</a>.</p> <p>In closing, I think if you already have beautiful long hair and need a bit of cash, selling those locks is definitely something you should look into. It is quite profitable and definitely much less painful than selling any other body part.</p> <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/how-to-sell-your-hair-for-cash" class="sharethis-link" title="How to Sell Your Hair for Cash" rel="nofollow">ShareThis</a><br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/xin-lu">Xin Lu</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/how-to-sell-your-hair-for-cash">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-3"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/15-wonderful-uses-for-witch-hazel">15 Wonderful Uses for Witch Hazel</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/clear-out-that-clutter-15-places-to-sell-your-stuff">Clear Out That Clutter: 15 Places to Sell Your Stuff</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/how-to-spot-counterfeit-money">How to Spot Counterfeit Money</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/making-money-from-clinical-trials-worth-the-risk">Making Money From Clinical Trials: Worth the Risk?</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/7-habits-that-are-quietly-making-you-fat-and-have-nothing-to-do-with-eating">7 Habits That Are Quietly Making You Fat (and Have Nothing to Do With Eating)</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div> Extra Income General Tips Health and Beauty donations hair selling Tue, 25 Mar 2008 00:10:28 +0000 Xin Lu 1947 at http://www.wisebread.com 3 Cheap Ways to Win Over the Ladies (by Looking Better) http://www.wisebread.com/3-cheap-ways-to-win-over-the-ladies-by-looking-better <p><img src="/files/fruganomics/wisebread_imce/caveman.jpg" alt=" " width="233" height="221" /></p> <p>I used to be a slovenly brute. OK, not so much slovenly as... average. My morning routine including a shave, shower, and deodorant. I figured that was all a guy had to do to look good. My chiseled features and bulging muscles didn&#39;t hurt, either.</p> <p>By the way, just scroll down to the bottom if you don&#39;t want to read my justification for man-grooming. I do feel the need to explain, but if you are just looking for tips, they&#39;re at the bottom. </p> <p>Any guy who has ever spent more than 30 minutes near a woman knows that most gals spend a good part of their morning getting ready. Not all women are like this, obviously, but I&#39;d say that the majority are. There&#39;s a vast discrepancy between the genders when it comes to grooming rituals. That&#39;s probably a good topic for another blog post. My point is that women go to a lot of effort to look nice, even if it is artificially nice, whereas men, to quote Dave Barry, pretty much feel that they are always &quot;about 2 push-ups from sleeping with Cindy Crawford.&quot; Such was my situation.</p> <p>So, I always thought I looked nice enough until I got into a relationship with a gal named Lisa. Lisa was really well put-together. She explained to me that she didn&#39;t have time to mess with most of the beauty stuff on her own, so she outsourced it all. Every week, she&#39;d treat herself to the whole barrage of beauty treatments while she listened to books on tape - nails, hair, massage, waxing. It seemed excessive to me, but whatever. Women, you know?</p> <p>Anyway, after we&#39;d been dating for a few weeks, we had a conversation that could only be described as &quot;honest&quot;. I can&#39;t remember exactly how it started, but I remember that it culminated with Lisa saying, &quot;I almost didn&#39;t go out with you because of your nails.&quot; For some reason, my first thought had to do with hardware. My nails? The rusty jar of nails in my garage? </p> <p>Lisa was looking at my hands. </p> <p>&quot;Oh! My nails... what the hell is wrong with my nails?&quot;</p> <p>&quot;It&#39;s your cuticles.&quot; Then she made a face that conveyed the general idea of &quot;<em>Ew</em>.&quot;</p> <p>&quot;Lisa,&quot; I patiently explained, &quot;I&#39;m a <em>man</em>. Men don&#39;t get <em>manicures</em>.&quot;</p> <p>&quot;Troy,&quot; Lisa sort of sighed, &quot;Lots of men DO get manicures. But you don&#39;t have to have a manicure to have decent looking cuticles. You just have to trim back those bad boys until I can actually see the nail underneath.&quot;</p> <p>Fine, I figured. Thoughts of breaking out the Swiss Army knife once I got back home flashed through my mind. I could use the little scissors on that puppy, and I&#39;d be golden.</p> <p>Lisa must have sensed my plan, because she looked alarmed. Touching my arm lightly, she said, &quot;You know, I&#39;m going to give you a man-over.&quot;</p> <p>&quot;No way!&quot; I think I bellowed this, but it might have come out more as a squeak.</p> <p>&quot;Look, Troy,&quot; said Lisa... and then she proceeded to explain something very explicit. I won&#39;t go into details, but let&#39;s just say that she let me know that my nasty cuticles and the hands that they were attached to would be getting nowhere near her naked skin at any point in the near future.</p> <p>That pretty much sealed it.</p> <p>Lisa told me that the three main things that I needed to take care of were my <strong>nails/cuticles</strong>, <strong>eyebrows</strong>, and <strong>neck</strong>. She said that since I didn&#39;t have ear or nose hair hanging out all over the place, I could cross those off of my list. It&#39;s obvious that <em>I</em> didn&#39;t see any problem with my nails, or my eyebrows or my neck. But Lisa had explained in no uncertain terms what these things meant to her, so I obliged.</p> <p>It turns out that these things matter to a LOT of women. And because men NEED women, not just as lovers and girlfriends and wives, but as friends and coworkers and bosses, we do have to take their concerns into consideration, even if it strikes us as unnecessary and kind of wussy. I say this to point out that I don&#39;t expect guys to go all metrosexual and start getting facials, but there are certain things that we often let slide that women think are downright disgusting. The top three things are actually really easy, and cheap, to fix.</p> <p class="heading">Nails - $5 Every Month or So</p> <p>I&#39;ve noticed lots and lots of men with nasty, overgrown, or infected cuticles since I started taking care of mine, and frankly, I can sort of see why women wouldn&#39;t want to be touched by those kinds of cuticles. Not only are they rough and gross, they can make handshakes feel odd and reflect badly on you overall. </p> <p>I don&#39;t mean that women see cuticles as the window to your soul, but apparently they think things like &quot;Well, jeez, if he can&#39;t keep those nice, what about the OTHER PARTS OF HIS BODY?&quot;. Only they probably think very specific words instead of dumb phrases like &quot;OTHER PARTS OF HIS BODY.&quot;</p> <p>If you already keep your nails short, that&#39;s good. If you bite them, dude, learn to stop. Not only do you look like a doofus chewing on the ends of your fingers, but the result is pretty hard to look at. </p> <p>Lots of people buy cuticle trimmers. Those are fine, unless you are clumsy and end up cutting yourself with them. Lisa introduced me to something even better. It&#39;s called cuticle cream, and the best stuff is made by <a href="http://www.mountainsports.com/msmain.asp?Option=Detail&amp;Detail=007070">Burt&#39;s Bees</a>. It&#39;s only $5, and you basically slap it around your nails before you go to sleep. In the morning, you can scrape away the dead skin with ease. Use it on your toes, too, if you plan on wearing mandals or anything. Not that I would. I&#39;m just sayin&#39;.</p> <p class="heading">Eyebrows - One Easy Installment of $14.95!</p> <p>Eyebrows are tricky. I don&#39;t think any man should be trusted to wield a pair of tweezers near his eyes, but apparently some guys do this well. My advice: find a salon that specializes in men. There are lots of places opening up around the country that do this. They feature manly dark furniture, and they call a manicure something like &quot;handshake maintenance&quot;. You know, so you don&#39;t feel like a pansy while you get your hands dipped in paraffin or whatever.</p> <p>Get your brows waxed (hurts like a beyotch, do it in the afternoon and evening and don&#39;t go anywhere public until the next morning). Make sure that the person waxing your brows doesn&#39;t look like Pamela Anderson. Well, she can look like Pamela Anderson, but it&#39;s not a good thing if they have Pam&#39;s eyebrows. Apparently she doesn&#39;t have good eyebrows. I never noticed. This is just what the women tell me.</p> <p>Anyway, the most important thing to do with eyebrows is to have two of them. Ban the unibrow. Also, the hairs that grow on your eyelids, the ones that hurt like hell to pull out? Those need to go. Men don&#39;t need to have arched eyebrows. Just make sure to get rid of the strays. Once you see how a pro does your brows (this should cost $15), you can do them yourself. Don&#39;t over-pluck! It&#39;s better to have too much hair than not enough. And eyebrows don&#39;t always grow back.</p> <p class="heading">Neck - 0% Down! 0 Lifetime Payments!</p> <p>This is something I certainly never noticed before, even though I&#39;m sure I noticed a unibrow or two before Lisa got ahold of me. But apparently lots of women notice your neck - I&#39;m not sure if this is some sort of sexual thing or not. And <strong>even if you don&#39;t need a haircut</strong>, apparently lots of men need to get their necks shaved every week or so, because they are hairy, hairy bastards. And having hairs crawling out from under your collar makes some women think of spiders. And we know how women feel about spiders. Am I right? Eh? Eh? Anyone? (silence... sound of crickets)</p> <p>Anyway, I am among the hairy bastards, as Lisa kindly pointed out, so I learned to shave my neck.</p> <p>You can do this at home. Just don&#39;t go crazy. You can use your beard trimmer or electric clippers, or if you are double-jointed, you can use a razor. I use clippers and a couple of well-positioned mirrors. You can also go to your barber and get it done for cheap - some guys will take pity on you and do it for free, just make sure to tip big next time you come in for a trim.</p> <p class="heading">What We&#39;ve Learned</p> <p>Not every guy is going to feel like he needs to worry about this, and that&#39;s fine. I&#39;ve just found that women tend to be relieved when we do the things that they traditionally had to take care of, like cooking and making sure that the family walks out of the house fully clothed and presentable to society. And I figure that since women are increasingly bringing home the bacon, the least I can do it make sure that I don&#39;t leave bits of bacon stuck in my teeth when I&#39;m out on a date.</p> <p>Mmmmm. Bacon.....</p> <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/3-cheap-ways-to-win-over-the-ladies-by-looking-better" class="sharethis-link" title="3 Cheap Ways to Win Over the Ladies (by Looking Better)" rel="nofollow">ShareThis</a><br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/troy-hadley">Troy Hadley</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/3-cheap-ways-to-win-over-the-ladies-by-looking-better">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-4"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/want-to-keep-your-dispoable-razor-blades-sharp-use-your-arm">Want to Keep Your Disposable Razor Blades Sharp? Use Your Arm</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/pet-peeves-part-1-couture-critters-are-expensive">Pet Peeves Part 1: Couture Critters Are Expensive!</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/pet-peeves-part-2-good-grooming">Pet Peeves Part 2: Good Grooming</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/sitting-pretty-how-to-get-salon-services-for-free">Sitting Pretty: How to Get Salon Services for Free</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/8-cheap-ways-to-lower-your-blood-sugar">13 Natural and Easy Ways to Lower Your Blood Sugar</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div> Life Hacks cuticles eyebrows grooming hair haircut metrosexual nails neck plucking salon shaving unibrow waxing Fri, 30 Mar 2007 17:48:51 +0000 Troy Hadley 425 at http://www.wisebread.com Former Pop Princess Figures Out Frugal? Go Bald! http://www.wisebread.com/former-pop-princess-figures-out-frugal-go-bald <p><img src="/files/fruganomics/wisebread_imce/britney_bald300.jpg" alt=" " width="200" height="267" /></p> </p> <p>I think every woman should shave her head once in her life. I can say this, because I&#39;ve already done it, so I&#39;m off the hook now. It&#39;s a very liberating experience, feels really neat when you shower, and gives you a fresh start with brand-new, stress-free strands. Also, it saves you a bundle on styling products, because you really don&#39;t need anything, save a few tuques or baseball caps to stay warm. It&#39;s something that a lot of women do to support friends who are going through chemotherapy, and it can be quite the bonding experience for the shavees. <p><img src="/files/fruganomics/wisebread_imce/sinead.jpg" alt=" " width="128" height="228" /></p> </p> <p>And of course, there&#39;s always the memory of the soulful, wailing Irish balladeer who made the look acceptable to begin with. Could Sinead rock that look or what? So, I lend my wholehearted support of chopping off one&#39;s locks and sporting a fuzzy noggin. It&#39;s a sort of rebirth for a lot of people. In fact, in many Asian cultures, you are encouraged not to cut your hair following the New Year Celebration - something about not cutting off the luck of the New Year. <p><img src="/files/fruganomics/wisebread_imce/baldingbrit.jpg" alt=" " width="450" height="300" /></p> </p> <p>Now, there are plenty of theories out there as to why Britney Spears shaved her head. K-Fed was threatening to test her locks for traces of illegal substances. She was going bald already because of all the terrible chemicals, weaves, braids, glue and whatnot she had been piling on her scalp for the last few months. That stuff can really destroy hair follicles. Maybe she&#39;s having a nervous breakdown - who knows? <p>Or maybe, just maybe, she wanted to save some dough.</p> <p>A bald head has so many implications that it&#39;s tough to know what to make of Brit&#39;s Baldness. The military shears off recruit&#39;s locks during basic training, mostly for the purpose of creating an atmosphere in which none of the new arrivals is visibly superior to the others (hopefully enhancing a sense of community and subordinance). Head shaving has often historically been a method of punishment (The Inquisition and The Holocaust are two good examples of forced head shaving), or a way to prevent headlice, or both. In an ironic move, Neo-Nazis throughout Europe adopted the look in the 1970s, and bald heads still send mixed messages today.</p> <p>According to the <a href="http://www.dailymail.co.uk/pages/live/articles/news/news.html?in_article_id=402793&amp;in_page_id=1770">British Daily Mail</a>, the average British woman spends, over the course of her lifetime, £36,903.75 and 650 days on hair care. I&#39;ve <a href="http://www.whoisisabella.com/article.php?id=316&amp;pg=2">estimated</a> that I spent over $5,000 on my hair over the past 6 years. A <a href="http://fabsugar.com/46952">blog poll</a> puts the number of women who spend between $100-200 on a cut and color at 35% (as of February 21, 2007). I went on a date a few years ago with a man who was a bit older than me, made more money than me, and spent more on his colorist every month than I did on my rent. One date was all her got.</p> <p><a href="http://singlemomandmoney.blogspot.com/2006/03/singlemas-plan-to-be-fabulous-frugal.html">Fabulous Single Ma</a> thinks that she can save $100 a month by doing the following:</p> <p>1. Reduce salon visits from weekly to bi-wkly</p> <p>2. Consider new hairstyle or cut that requires less maintenance</p> <p>3. Extend touch up from 6 weeks to 8 weeks</p> <p>4. Let hi-lites grow out</p> <p>Weekly to biweekly? A salon visit every week? I like FSM and all, but weekly visits to the salon are bloody insane! I&#39;m not a great saver, and I&#39;m not yet even close to frugal, but I never went to a salon on a weekly basis.</p> <p><a href="http://www.womenshealthmag.com/article/0,6176,s1-22-74-1279-1,00.html">Women&#39;s health magazine</a> has a breakdown on American hair spending that makes ME want to breakdown:</p> <ul> <li>Percentage of women who don&#39;t own a blow-dryer: <strong>5</strong></li> <li>Amount spent on hairstyling appliances in 2005: <strong>$941 million</strong></li> <li>Price the AW pays for a haircut: <strong>$42</strong></li> <li>How often she gets a trim: <strong>every 5 to 9 weeks</strong></li> <li>Percentage of women who&#39;ve never dyed their hair: <strong>16</strong></li> <li>Most popular dye job: <strong>brunette</strong></li> </ul> <p>Aha, but there&#39;s more:</p> <p class="blockquote">Number of women who&#39;ve considered shaving their head: <strong>1 in 5</strong></p> <p>So, it&#39;s not that unusual after all. One in five! That&#39;s 20% of the population. I&#39;ll bet it&#39;s higher than that, too. </p> <p>According to a hilarious <a href="http://www.time.com/time/magazine/article/0,9171,821343,00.html">Time Magazine article from 1950</a> (!):</p> <p class="blockquote">American women is damaged by too much pampering, tinting and shampooing (all the things the beauty shops do to it). &quot;The hair of European women is like a well-manured garden,&quot; explained one of the Fleischers solemnly. &quot;The quality is good, but sometimes it doesn&#39;t smell too well.&quot; </p> <p>There are even videos out there to help you figure out how it&#39;s done.</p> <p><iframe id="videos_list" name="videos_list" src="http://www.youtube.com/videos_list?tag=head shaving" scrolling="auto" width="265" height="400" frameborder="0" marginheight="0" marginwidth="0"></iframe></p> <p>Doesn&#39;t that just make you want to take it all off? Even if you&#39;re not checking into rehab after months of stupid public behavior, you too can going <a href="http://www.headshaver.org/">fabulously follicle free</a>! Let&#39;s all follow Britney&#39;s example (minus the drugs, divorce, and child neglect) and lop off our locks.</p> <p>Well, the rest of you. I did that in college, and let me tell you, I have a really strangely shaped skull.</p> <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/former-pop-princess-figures-out-frugal-go-bald" class="sharethis-link" title="Former Pop Princess Figures Out Frugal? Go Bald!" rel="nofollow">ShareThis</a><br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/andrea-karim">Andrea Karim</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/former-pop-princess-figures-out-frugal-go-bald">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-5"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/id-rather-be-a-brunette-10-tips-to-save-on-hair-care">I&#039;d Rather Be A Brunette: 10 Tips To Save On Hair Care</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/6-ways-to-get-your-toiletries-for-cheap-or-even-free">6 Ways to Get your Toiletries for Cheap or Even Free!</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/how-to-sell-your-hair-for-cash">How to Sell Your Hair for Cash</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/5-hair-conditioners-you-can-make-at-home">5 Hair Conditioners You Can Make at Home</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/dye-your-own-hair-without-a-beauty-disaster">Dye Your Own Hair Without a Beauty Disaster</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div> Health and Beauty bald Britney Spears celebutard colorist conditioner cost drug abuse hair hairstyle paparazzi savings shampoo shave stylist Wed, 21 Feb 2007 18:33:04 +0000 Andrea Karim 291 at http://www.wisebread.com